Ontario Public Institutions and On-site Food Production- Project SOIL Final Report

Ontario Public Institutions and On-site Food Production: Visualizing the Future for Health Care

January 2017

Phil Mount, Linda Varangu, Brendan Wylie-Toal, Irena Knezevic, Adeline Cohen, Louise Quenneville and Kat Rendek.

Summary

Project SOIL (Shared Opportunities on Institutional Lands) is a feasibility study that explores the potential of on-site food production for public institutions through arrangements with local producers, particularly where access to land for food production is limited and/or expensive. Funded by the New Directions Research Program of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the project builds on emerging production models that can flexibly adapt to institutional resources, as well as land tenure models that can contribute to community food production.

This report includes summaries and links to previous SOIL reports, including A Brief History of Public Institutional Food Production, case studies of pre-existing and SOIL pilot institutional food production projects, and surveys and interviews with institutional administrators who were interested in exploring on-site food production arrangements.

Through the course of this project there were many opportunities to share our progress, observations and discoveries. In addition to our website, knowledge translation and transfer (KTT) activities included two scholarly publications, three social media articles, coverage in 14 traditional and sector media, and eight public panels and presentations.

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