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Sustainable Food Systems Webinar Series. Part 3: Organizing to affect your Food System: Food Policy and Action Groups Download as iCal file
Thursday 13 March 2014, 13:30 - 15:00

This is the third and last webinar of the Sustainable Food Systems Series. Food Policy and Action groups are becoming more prevalent in our social landscape. As with many collective actions, formation results as a response to a perceived problem or opportunity and as a mechanism for enacting change. They often, begin organically as stakeholders reach out to each other to share common goals and activities. A more formalized policy or action group develops to facilitate the sharing and combining of resources, to create an identity to both influence the process and to be a connection point for a wider base of stakeholders and to create a working space for policy or food system change. Some of the ideas to be considered include:

• Who are the participants in a Food Policy or Food Action group?
• How do these groups address food system challenges?
• What are some of their common goals and unique solutions?

Our Community Partner will be asked to share their group's story including a simple timeline and the impetus for each step toward network development and activity. They will also be asked to share some of their recommendations for anyone considering Food Action or Food Policy Group development and the role of these groups in Sustainable Food System Development.

Register here (Registration closes March 11 at 5:00 pm)

If you have missed the previous webinars, you can access the recording by visiting our website. Go to and select the Events tab and click on Event Archive.


Joan Brady
JoanBradyJoan Brady is a farmer, business person, and community volunteer. She has always worked in her community in various capacities all of which seem to center around food and its production, distribution, accessibility and use. Over the past 30 years, she has developed a broad base of expertise in the agriculture and food industry and has recently begun a consulting business: Sustainable Futures: Farm and Food Consulting. She works to educate and activate communities around food security, food system development and policy initiatives. She currently operates an intensive market garden, selling her product directly at a number of farmers' markets and occasionally the farm gate. She also works with a national farm organization at a political level to affect change for farm families.

Catherine Schwartz Mendez
catherineCatherine Schwartz Mendez is a public health nutritionist with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. She holds an undergraduate degree in food and nutrition from the University of Western Ontario. She travelled through Africa and Central America before completing a masters degree in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Guelph. Catherine then worked for two years in Sandy Lake First Nation, a remote community in Northwestern Ontario, on a diabetes prevention project, prior to moving to Thunder Bay in 1998 to pursue a career in public health. She is passionate about building a healthy local food system by acting as a catalyst and by getting directly involved in a number of community food security initiatives.