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SDg & PR Local Food Challenge

SDg & PR Local Food Challenge
July 21, 2015

Cornwall, ON - Registration Underway for Inaugural 10 Day Local Food Challenge in SDG&PR.

Registration is now open for the first ever SDG & PR Local Food Challenge, a ten day event which challenges residents of Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott, Russell, and Cornwall to enjoy as much local food as they can while sharing their experiences across social media using #eatSDGPR.

The regional initiative has been spearheaded by a number of local not-for-profit organizations including All Things Food, Transition Cornwall +, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, the Eastern Ontario Agri-food Network, Growing Up Organic, Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie, Seaway Valley Community Health Centre, and Kozroots Community Empowerment Projects.

In line with the missions of the organizing partners, the objective of this challenge is to increase consumer interest in the local food economy of SDG & PR.  “Who doesn’t like a challenge?” asks Kat Rendek, Coordinator for All Things Food.  “This event is meant to be a fun yet competitive way for residents to explore their local food community and all that it has to offer.”

There is no cost for business or community residents to join the Local Food Challenge, however online registration is required at www.sdgprlocalfoodchallenge.com.  Once registered, participants are provided with a tracking sheet to log their daily consumption of local food during the ten day period, easy access to the Prescott & Russell, Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Local Food Map, and updates with tips and tricks for enjoying the season’s harvest. 

Local businesses and community organizations who specialize in local food within the region are also invited to register with the challenge as way to advertize their business, products, and special events.  Interested parties will have access to promotional tools, social media channels, and event resources leading up to the 10 day event.  

The Challenge will not entirely focus on buying SDG& PR food products, but will also aim to encourage gardening, healthy food preparation, and basic food preservation skills.  “Enjoying local food is about more than just meeting your local farmer or chef” explains Alain D’Aoust, Regional Coordinator for Growing Up Organic.  “It’s about learning how to grow, harvest, and prepare nutritious meals for the whole family to enjoy.” 

A series of events and toolkits have been scheduled to help novice gardeners and cooks feel more comfortable with local foods and to try new things.  The full calendar of events and resource list are available on the Local Food Challenge website and social media pages. 

As an added incentive, prizes provided by local businesses will be awarded on social media for challenge specific activities.  “We already have a number of great activities and prizes lined up for the week” says Sarah Mulvihill, Local Food Challenge Communications Assistant.  “So make sure to register and follow us on social media for your chance to win!”

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For more information, please contact Sarah Mulvihill, SDG&PR Local Food Challenge Communications Assistant at sdgprlocalfoodchallenge@gmail.com or telephone 613-294-4219.