Please find summaries and presentations from past stakeholder engagement events, past reports, additional resources, media releases, and videos related to this project.



Past Events & Presentations

Food Sector Workshop – June 2017

Selected Presentations

Farm Sector Open House / Webinar – April 2017

View the webinar here: Farm Sector Open House / Webinar

Whole Value Chain Stakeholder Workshop – October 2016

Selected Presentations


Project Videos

Canadian Agri-food Sustainability Initiative update presentation

This presentation provides an update of CASI (previously SFFI) as the project gears up for national engagement.

 

Proof of Concept Projects in the Dairy Goat Sector

 

A summary of the Proof of Concept Project in the Dairy Goat Sector (English).

As an emerging commodity with high growth and export potential, it was decided that there would be considerable value in working with the dairy goat sector in Ontario for a proof-of-concept project.

Videos describing our work and this project, in both French and English, are presented here.
*A special thanks to Tivoli Films Inc. for their work in producing these videos. 

Project Outcomes:

Un résumé du preuve de concept projet en l’industrie laitier de chevres (Français).

  • This project was completed in February 2018 and was well-received by industry stakeholders

  • An SFFI branded, self-assessment sustainable tool was developed and tested by the emerging dairy goat commodity sector through a value chain approach

  • In-depth stakeholder consultation and analysis concluded that a concept like CASI (SFFI) would be beneficial to the dairy goat industry, and would allow them to proactively communicate on-farm sustainability practices; strengthening existing markets and potentially expanding into new markets

  • Stakeholders suggested that the program begin as voluntary, eventually evolving into a mandatory program either as a result of market demand or government regulation

 

Launch of Farm, Food & Beyond

The beginning of CASI (then known as Farm, Food & Beyond) at the 2015 Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ontario. Please watch this playlist on Youtube to view remarks from the Launch.

Dr. Gord Surgeoner makes his introductory remarks at the launch of Farm, Food & Beyond at the 2015 Canada's Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ontario.


Media Releases

 

Ontario Federation of Agriculture - OFA Today 2018 edition 

January 2018 – As sustainability becomes a key ingredient in the production and processing of Ontario grown and raised products, a new coalition has formed to understand the needs of value chain stakeholders and streamline verification.

Consultations underway for farm and food sustainability plan

May 4, 2016 – The coalition recently hired Synthesis Agri-Food Network as project manager for the initiative. President Rob Hannam and Consulting Project Lead, Bronwynne Wilton, will facilitate the stakeholder discussions in collaboration with food industry veteran David Smith of Orion Global Business Sustainability Consultants.

Ontario farm and food groups charting the course for sustainability program

February 3, 2016 – The next step in the project will be to hire a project manager using recently secured GF2 funding. This manager will be tasked to begin discussions with all levels of the supply chain (producers, processors, retailers, food service, NGOs and consumer groups) to obtain support and commitment for the program. A draft framework will then be designed based on the feedback received.

Initiative unveiled at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show

September 15, 2015 – The Farm, Food & Beyond: Our Commitment to Sustainability initiative, was launched by farm and food industry leaders today in a special presentation on the opening day at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock.
 

Initiative to be unveiled at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show

September 8, 2015 – The Farm, Food & Beyond: Our Commitment to Sustainability initiative, a collaborative project of Ontario’s farmers and food and beverage manufacturers, will be unveiled at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show on Tuesday, September 15. The initiative will be unveiled at 11 a.m. in the Special Events tent. All media are welcome.

Initiative receives funding from Grand River Agricultural Society

August 4, 2015 – The Sustainable Farm & Food Plan initiative, a collaborative project of Ontario’s farmers and food and beverage manufacturers, has received a significant boost in the form of almost $50,000 in funds from the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS).