This project aims to identify and analyze issues of local food access and how access to local food impacts food sovereignty/security for northern Ontario communities. This research will identify systems currently in place to produce and distribute food and will identify best practices for increasing access to local food.
These best practices will examine existing rural community networks and advocate for the creation of a northern community food network that provides linkages between the production, distribution and consumption of locally produced food.
Case studies of the challenges and opportunities new farmers have encountered during their recent migration to more northern communities will inform best practices to support new farmers and their role within a local food network for northern Ontario communities. This research is building upon the expertise of the principal investigator and has a decidedly municipal and farmer based orientation.