The Headwaters Food Charter and Action Plan, presented by the Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance, has gained the support of Orangeville Town Council.
A project of the Headwaters Communities in Action initiative, Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance (HFFA) focuses on creating a healthy and sustainable food system. As part of this mandate, the organization has created a Food Charter and Action Plan for the community. The collaborative document outlines values, principles, and priorities for food and farming in the Headwaters area. Six areas of focus are highlighted in the Food Charter: Food Access and Equity, Agriculture Sustainability, Economic Vitality, Environmental Responsibility, Culture and Celebration, and Health and Well-being. Specific goals and actions are identified for each area.
The Headwaters Food Charter and Action Plan was created with the support and input from a diverse set of contributors including Town of Orangeville staff. Community engagement was an important part of defining and validating the content of the Food Charter. Input from over 340 community members was collected at stakeholder sessions and public consultations in 2016.
Food Charters have been implemented in many regions across Ontario including London, Simcoe County, and Kawartha Lakes and have helped to encourage community involvement and promote healthy living. In Orangeville, the Food Charter will promote continued support for existing food-related events like the Orangeville Farmers’ Market and Taste of Orangeville while also fostering new initiatives that help build and educate our food sector businesses, stimulate culinary tourism, and celebrate our local food champions.
The Food Charter is being presented to all eight municipal councils in Dufferin County and, in addition to Orangeville, has recently been approved by Amaranth, Mulmur, Mono, and Melancthon. With endorsement from all municipalities, HFFA will continue to raise public awareness for the Food Charter while identifying key priorities for 2017. One of the first initiatives will be the publication of the Headwaters Fresh Food Guide to be distributed in the June edition of In The Hills.
For more information, visit http://headwatersfoodandfarming.ca.