The Good Food Network joins numerous organizations and individuals across the capital region with the shared purpose of connecting and aligning our efforts and work together towards a healthy and sustainable food system in our region.
The Network launched in 2015 as a way of connecting across sectors and silos to engage the whole food system. Strengthening diversity and collaboration are critical to achieving system change. Various members of the network have been working together since the early 1990s, and pockets of collective action have emerged over time, such as Farm to School network, the Victoria Urban Food Table and the Food Share Network. Organizing across these networks, intentionally seeding other relationships, and working together to build collaboration between community, government and the private sector, is a key strategy for innovation and action. Members include activists, government, funders, educators, academics, students, farmers, fishers, food processors, retailers, chefs, restaurants, and community organizations.
Purpose: To connect and align our efforts and work together towards a healthy and sustainable food system in the Capital Region.
The members of the Good Food Network are diverse and span the food system. There are nutritionists, educators, knowledge keepers, community organizations, funders, local government planners and decision makers, as well as farmers, food producers and distributors.
Coming soon: a list of active members in the network with links to their websites and work!
Communication: Network members share their work through a quarterly newsletter and face to face meetings. Click here for submission guidelines and to read previous newsletters.
Policy advocacy: We work together with decision makers to make or change policy that impacts our food system and the people in the region. Read the Good Food Strategy Primer to learn more about areas of policy work.
Align our work: Through establishing shared goals we work to determine our roles and the best use of our combined skills and resources to achieve those goals. Check out our Good Food Strategy Primer and Good Food Strategy Update to learn more.
Learning community: We build network capacity through supporting the development of our skills and sharing best practices.
The cumulative activity of the network is the Good Food Summit. Held annually in November, the Good Food Summit is an opportunity the network to come together for hands-on workshops, site tours, celebrating successes, and building momentum for the year ahead.
To be a member, all you need to do is agree to the principles of Good Food, and pledge to further them. You can join as an individual or as an organization, but what is common is that you believe that "together we are stronger." and proactively work to align your work towards some common goals that we have identified as a network (see our collective impact strategy). You can share your work through face to face meetings, the quarterly newsletter and through other network activities. Click here to become a member.
Annual Good Food Summit
Platform to share your work, promote events or programs, seek volunteers
Inclusion of your organization's impacts in our metrics evaluation (coming soon!)
Connection to numerous like-minded organizations and individuals
Opportunities for fruitful collaborations
The Role of CRFAIR
CRFAIR supports the development of the network by hosting its communication tools, generating funding for coordination of network activities, and coordinating the Good Food Summit. In addition, CRFAIR supports the coordination of network campaigns and policy advocacy in the interim of the network building its governance and action teams.