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Most of the food that we buy comes from outside of the Kingston region travels long distances to get here. Local growing, production and distribution of food creates jobs, fosters a sense of community, connects the rural and urban community – and reduces GHG emissions associated with transporting food. 

The Kingston region Healthy Eating Working Group (now the Food Policy Council) has developed a Food Charter to create a more accessible and sustainable food system within our region and spur local economic development.

What you can do to reduce GHG emissions associated with food and contribute to a sustainable local food system:

What you can do to reduce GHG emissions associated with food and contribute to a sustainable local food system:

Grow your own garden.

Community Gardens:  A community garden is made up of plots rented for a small fee to community members to garden, grow their own food, get to know their neighbours and reduce their GHG emissions associated with food. Check out the list of community gardens and the community garden map. Start one! Review the community garden policy which offers guidelines for developing community gardens on municipally-owned land.

Visit the Kingston Community Gardens Network (KCGN) administered through Loving Spoonful. It coordinates community gardens in Kingston, manages GROW, the school garden program, and also provides learning opportunities and community events. 

Grow a Row Program:  If you have a garden, visit Loving Spoonful and offer to Grow a Row: you donate food grown on your extra row to Loving Spoonful so that they can provide local food to shelters and meal programs.

Buy local food.

The Go Forth and Eat: Where to Buy, Dine and Enjoy Local Food in Kingston on-line magazine developed by the Local Food Local Chefs Initiative includes events that celebrate local food, 10 good reasons to eat farm to fork, profiles of restaurants and chefs that use local foods, profiles of local produces and growers as well as great recipes that feature local foods.

Going out for dinner?  Check out the Visit Kingston local food listings to get a directory of restaurants that regularly feature local foods and beverages. 

Cooking at home? Visit the National Farmer's Union (NFU) Food Down the Road website to learn about community events and local food issues as well as to find food suppliers from the local food locator directory (provides the address of the farm, and the produce offered) and map.  Meet the people who grow and produce your food at the Memorial Centre Farmers Market. The Memorial Market is 100% producer-run and all products are grown and produced within about 100km of the market (see the Markets page).

Support local food at the workplace.

  • Have land on your workplace site that would be appropriate for a garden? Invite your employees to start a garden or allow a community garden on your property.
  • Support local food producers and suppliers: ask for local food for catered events.
  • Support restaurants using local food for workplace lunches and dinners.
  • If you have a cafeteria at your workplace, encourage the use of local foods as much as possible. Feature local foods to engage and educate your employees about the benefits of eating local. If you have excess food from an on-site cafeteria, donate it to Loving Spoonful so that it is distributed to local meal programs and shelters.

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Couple working at the market selling organic produce