Sudbury food council hires first staff member

Part of the food forest at Delki Dozzi. The food forest is designed to resemble a forest ecosystem and requires no watering after a couple of years. There are several kinds of flowers in the forest to attract pollinators. Mary Katherine Keown/The Sudbury Star

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The Greater Sudbury Food Policy Council has hired its first staff member.

Erica Lagios joined the council last month as its food strategy outreach coordinator and will be responsible for helping to advance work done on local food issues in Sudbury.

“I’m excited to fulfill the role of food strategy outreach coordinator in partnership with reThink Green and the Greater Sudbury Food Policy Council,” Lagios said in a release. “There are many individuals, groups and organizations working hard to advance Sudbury’s food system and I’m looking forward to connecting with them, creating new partnerships, and building momentum.”

The food policy council was created in 2013 through a series of projects and collaborations of like-minded stakeholders and community leaders. The council envisions a community where:

– all residents have access to adequate, affordable, safe, nutritious and culturally acceptable food;

– there exists a financially viable, equitable, environmentally sustainable food system (including production, processing, distribution, marketing and waste disposal); and

– area citizens are knowledgeable about the food system and its impact on their individual lives and community.

In 2017, the council launched the Greater Sudbury Food Strategy to help guide the community towards a more equitable and sustainable food system. The strategy outlines five important themes: healthy food and literacy; growing food (not-for-profit); forest and freshwater foods; food retail; service and tourism; and agriculture and food processing.

Building on this knowledge and history, Lagios said she will set the foundation for future action on the food strategy. She will conduct interviews with key organizations, groups, and businesses, do community outreach, and facilitate meetings of stakeholders to gather and plan the next steps.

Lagios and the food council will host an event on Feb. 19 to spark discussion and community engagement on current food issues in Sudbury. The annual event, Four-Minute Foodies, will feature a series of short talks by various stakeholders that are involved in food production and distribution.

This event is free, but registration is mandatory. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/four-minute-foodies-innovative-food-initiatives-in-greater-sudbury-tickets-88858442995.

To learn more about the food policy council, contact Lagios at erica.lagios@rethinkgreen.ca, or 705-674-1685 ex.108.

 

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