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Local Food 101

Have you ever wondered why certain foods are labelled Organic and others Natural.  What is the difference between Grass Fed Beef and Corn Fed Beef?  Should you buy the Free Range Eggs or those from Free Run Hens?  Are there Nutritional advantages of one over the other?  And who makes the decisions concerning Certification and Labelling in Canada?  If you have asked any of these questions, then this section is for you! 

Based on some of the most commonly-asked questions about our food, Foodlink has compiled Local Food 101 to help you navigate through the confusion that surrounds food and agriculture terminology today. 

Choose topics to explore from the categories listed below.  This list will grow over time.  Should there be a term that's not here that you'd like to see covered, please let us know.  We'll do our homework to help get you the facts on your food!

Community Gardens

A community garden is an area of municipal land set aside for the purpose of growing food and/or flowers by people in a neighbourhood.  Gardeners can have their own individual plots within the garden or join with others to grow crops communally.

Community gardens provide access to fresh produce and plants as well as access to satisfying outdoor labour, neighborhood improvement, sense of community and connection to the environment. Community gardens encourage an urban community’s food security, allowing citizens to grow their own food and sometimes donate what they produce to food banks.