Future of Food and Farming

A wide array of fresh, organic, locally grown vegetables at the Peterborough Farmers' Market. Photo credit: Circle OrganicThe Future of Food and Farming Working Group is striving to address opportunities to strengthen the local food system in the city and County. It is made up of representatives of as many parts of the system as possible – production, processing, distribution, retailing, wholesaling, waste management, food access, health, including the social, economic and environmental aspects. The Working Group would welcome additional membership to fill current gaps in representation. Liaisons are maintained with the Peterborough Food Action Network and the Agricultural Advisory Committee to Peterborough Economic Development.

To date, two Task Forces of the Working Group have been formed:

  • Farmland Task Force
  • Urban Agriculture Task Force

The Task Forces perform research and develop proposals for submission to the Working Group as a whole.

Co-chairs: Dawn Berry Merriam () and Pat Learmonth, Farms at Work ().

Future of Food and Farming Working Group membership list.

Research and Reports prepared for and by the Working Group

Community focus bulletin

Peterborough Food Charter

Cultivating a Fertile Environment for Urban Agriculture in the Greater Peterborough Area

The Future of Peterborough Food & Farming: A Call for Reflection & Discussion (prepared by The Peterborough Social Planning Council in partnership with Farms at Work October, 2011)

A follow up to: The Future of Peterborough Food & Farming: A Call for Reflection & Discussion (prepared by The Peterborough Social Planning Council in partnership with Farms at Work March, 2012)

Proceedings from “The Future of Food & Farming Summit” October 11, 2012 (prepared by Farms at Work & Peterborough Social Planning Council, 2012)

Proceedings from the second “Future of Food & Farming Summit” March 20, 2013 (prepared by Farms at Work and Peterborough Social Planning Council, 2013)

Peterborough in context: Phase One – Documenting How Local Activities Align With the AMO Best Practices in Local Food Guide for Municipalities (prepared by Farms at Work & Peterborough Social Planning Council for the Future of Food & Farming Working Group of Sustainable Peterborough, July 2014)

Farmland, Farmers and Food Production in Peterborough County Version 3.0, May 2017

Proceedings from the third “Future of Food & Farming Summit” March 24, 2015 (prepared by: Sustainable Peterborough’s Future of Food & Farming Working Group and presented to Sustainable Peterborough in July, 2015)

Research prepared by Working Group member organizations

25% Local Food Shift Peterborough (Transition Town Peterborough: July 2014)

Community Garden Policy (City of Peterborough: 2010)

Egg Grading for the Community: A Feasibility Study (Farms at Work, 2017)

CSA Economic Research Report (Fleming College / Transition Town Peterborough, prepared by Michelle Boyer, Rajinder Kaur, Daman Mehta and Michael Scanlon: April 2014)

Find Local Food – Restaurant Survey (Farms at Work: May 2015) 

Regional Local Food Production Survey Summary (Farms at Work: April 2015)

Results of the PSPC Local Food and Farming Survey (prepared by Brett Throop for the Peterborough Social Planning Council: March 2013)

Synopsis Report: Results of the PSPC Local Food & Farming Survey (Peterborough Social Planning Council: March 2013)

The Role of Grocery Stores in Supporting Buying Local 2013/14 (Transition Town, Farms at Work and Peterborough Social Planning Council supported by the Trent Centre for Community Based Education)

Agricultural Economic Impact & Development Study (City of Kawartha Lakes, Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation, Peterborough Community Futures Development Corporation, Peterborough County Federation of Agriculture, Victoria / Haliburton Federation of Agriculture, Peterborough Economic Development, Workforce Development Board, Industry Canada, Planscape: September 2006)