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FSRN Recognized in the Thunder Bay District Agricultural Economic Impact Study

The recently released Thunder Bay District Agricultural Economic Impact Study has demonstrated that the Food Security Research Network (FSRN) is making a difference in developing a local food system.

The report states that the FSRN is acknowledged as an important catalyst for promoting agriculture and food security in the region - which has indirectly helped to support the growth of farm operations and other agri-related initiatives (e.g. small scale farming, community gardens) that have a specific focus on promoting local food production and consumption.  It also notes growing interest in organic farming in the area and direct marketing activities such as farm retail outlets and farmers' markets.

The FSRN and its community partners invite members of the campus and broader communities to learn more about local food and other important matters by attending some upcoming events, including the 4th Annual March Food Forum and the Get Fresh, Eat Local, Go Wild conference.

The March Food Forum takes place at Lakehead University on March 4 and offers a full day of interactive displays, presentations, and food-related films that showcase the diversity of work happening in the realm of food security.  This free event is open to the public.  An evening film screening of Fresh will also be offered.  For more information, please contact Lee-Ann Chevrette, Special Events Coordinator, at

Get Fresh, Eat Local, Go Wild, hosted by the Food Action Network and its community partners, takes place March 4 - 6, also at Lakehead University.  It is being held in conjunction with the March Food Forum and aims to strengthen the capacity of our local food system, increase connections among local food partners, and enhance our ability to grow, market, and enjoy local products.  Registration is $50 and closes Friday, February 26.  For more registration details and other information, visit

Last updated June 22, 2010

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