Expressions of interest are being sought for the Calgary Food Committee Stewardship Group

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Expressions of interest are being sought for the Calgary Food Committee Stewardship Group

The Calgary Food Committee (CFC) is seeking two new Stewardship Group members for 2014.

As a multi-stakeholder group representing the various sectors within the food system, the CFC is looking for organizations or individuals who are involved in the food system and have the capacity to contribute to the CFC’s mandate. Our current representation is relatively diverse, but we have identified that additional food retailers who align with the Calgary EATS! vision and principles would enable the CFC to better represent the food system.

The Calgary Eats! Calgary Food System Assessment and Action Plan ( was completed in response to a City Council direction that was driven by a growing citizen demand and community awareness of the value of a sustainable food system. The CFC was originally established to guide and direct the development of the Food System Assessment and Action Plan, of which the outcome has been a collaborative effort, engaging many stakeholders.

This outcome is a plan that contains actions to help achieve the imagineCALGARY targets and move toward the vision of achieving a sustainable and resilient food system for the Calgary region.  If you are passionate about our food system and want to make a difference, there may be an opportunity for you to contribute to achieving Calgary’s vision.

Calgary Food Committee Stewardship Group Membership Criteria

Calgary Food Committee Mandate
After the completion of “Calgary Eats!”, the role of the Calgary Food Committee is now to:
  • Build partnerships and catalyze action within and between the Action Teams in alignment with the Action Plan;
  • Support, monitor and report on progress on action items identified within the Action Plan; and
  • Monitor and report on progress for achieving the food vision and principles within the context of imagineCALGARY (imagineCALGARY food-related targets).

Calgary Food Committee Membership Overview
The Calgary Food Committee seeks a diverse selection of people from the food system representing the key components of the system: production, processing, distribution, access, consumption, and waste recovery as well as related education programs, community development/programs, regulation & legislation, and initiatives advancing environmental sustainability and health in the food system.

Member selection is based on level of experience and involvement in the food system, specific sector expertise, and alignment of vision with CFC.  It is critical that members bring expertise and contribute a broad perspective rather than acting solely as a representative of their organization. Members will strive to cultivate relationships across stakeholder groups (network).

Key Qualifications:
  • Leadership skills
  • Strong networking skills and the ability to initiate dialogue
  • The ability to collaborate and align with diverse perspectives
  • The ability to be respectful and sensitive to diverse groups of people

Time Commitment
Members would need to commit to one meeting every two/three months. Meet as required with action teams and be willing to commit time for CFC meetings, action team meetings, reporting, special events, and planning sessions.

To submit an expression of interest, please send a covering letter expressing interest, and a list of related experience to by January 31, 2014

Two New Community Events in Early December

Edible Calgary - Community Orchards: Potential Aviva Community Funding Opportunity

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

In November, an Aviva Community Fund grant proposal was submitted for Calgary called Edible Calgary - Community Orchards.  If successful the grant could bring between $100,000 and $150,000 into Calgary for the purpose of planting fruit-bearing trees and shrubs in public spaces, effectively creating community orchards throughout neighbourhoods and communities in Calgary. 

This proposal will only go forward with community support; only ideas that are voted for by their respective communities will advance in the running for funding.  Currently we are trying to move the proposal forward into the Semi-finals. The last round of voting opened November 11th and closes November 25th.  

Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association Farmer's Market: November 6th

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Announcing our Indoor Farmers' Market and Local 301: Urban Agriculture Workshop Series. Click to find out how to register for the workshop.

November 6 at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association.

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