Cross-Regional Proposals

Please feel free to leave constructive comments and suggestions regarding potential partnerships or programs and information that might be beneficial to the proposed projects. When leaving a comment below, please mention the title of the project along with the comment.  These project descriptions will be available for viewing until February 10th, 2012, when we will begin the grant decision making meetings to choose which projects will be funded in each region.

Making viable and sustainable connections between school nourishment program food needs and a secure food supply

Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba
1.              Determine how Manitoba school nourishment programs (urban, rural and northern areas) are       currently sourcing and obtaining their food.

2.            a.  Identify other potential food supply sources, including alternative food  systems, which could be available to nourishment programs.  In this regard we will link with Food Matters Manitoba.
b. Interview a variety of food providers in order to understand the challenges and benefits of supplying food items to school nourishment programs and to generate more interest in promoting alternative approaches.

3.              Compile information from 1 and 2, in order to develop an online tool that lists alternative food source options for schools, displaying characteristics such as budget, location, community needs, facilities, type of produce, etc. The web site would provide appropriate links to providers.

4.              Launch the tool through a provincial workshop (or regional workshops) on alternative food systems, for school nourishment program coordinators and volunteers.

5.              Evaluate changes that school and community-based nourishment programs are making in accessing food in alternative ways.

6.              Disseminate the resulting information gained from the process and evaluation.


Networking to Foster Sustainable Inter-regional Food Systems in Manitoba

Manitoba Farm Mentorship and Harvest Moon Society
We will establish a network of six “alternative food network” support nodes in six distinct regions (5 rural, one urban) of Manitoba that will enhance the development of alternative food networks in the Province. To accomplish this, we will hold a series of organizing meetings in late winter 2012 in each of these regions to bring together clusters of farmers, eaters and community organizers in each of these regions to begin to articulate a vision for alternative food networks in their region. These organizing meetings will use a SWOT format to establish the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the development of strong alternative food networks in each of the regions. These SWOTs will be written up as individual reports and used to help each cluster form an action plan over the next 2-5 years. The SWOT plans will also be viewed as a whole to gain a sense of the common strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in each region to begin to develop cross-regional programs and projects to address these common issues/opportunities.  Over the summer, the project coordinator will continue to liaise with cluster leaders to discuss programming options. This summer, as a pilot project, we plan to organize one ‘travelling workshop’ where we bring in an expert that delivers a workshop in each of the nodes related to alternative food production and/or marketing. This will allow us to explore opportunities for future events and give each cluster at least one tangible project to organize around in the first year that will help foster excitement and cohesion in each region. Finally, the groups will all come together for a one day meeting during the same weekend as Food Matters Manitoba’s Growing Local, Getting Vocal conference in February 2013 to learn from one another and develop plans for cross-regional programming opportunities. Finally, we are also applying for additional federal funding that would allow us to provide seed funding for each of the nodes to begin to develop some initial programming over the next two years (e.g. workshops, marketing projects, etc.). Ultimately, this project will result in the formation of six interconnected nodes, six SWOT reports, and one final report that compares the challenges and opportunities across the regions.

Manitoba Traditional Food Initiative Planning and Resource Development

Food Matters Manitoba
The goal of the Manitoba Traditional Foods Initiative Planning and Resource Development project is to increase Manitoba First Nation communities ability to implement traditional foods projects. The Traditional Foods Initiative project will provide an opportunity for communities to collectively share knowledge to assist those communities interested in implementing successful and sustainable community based traditional foods projects.

Through a participative community development and capacity building process the Traditional Foods Initiative will

1)   Conduct a preliminary traditional foods scan that identifies current and recent traditional food projects *

2)   Identify steps and factors that need to be in place for successful Traditional Foods projects, highlight good practices, identify inspirational ideas

3)   Develop a Manitoba traditional foods “how to” implementation resource (handbook, video, or other communication medium  identified by project participants)  that highlights things to consider before initiating a project, steps involved in starting a project, and available Manitoba resources  including people and other supports for communities interested in starting traditional foods projects.


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