Models and Best Practices for Building Sustainable Food Systems in Ontario and Beyond

This report describes food initiatives in communities across Ontario, including farmers’ markets, on-farm stores and urban farms.

The study discusses local food systems, including economic, environmental and social factors involved in food production and consumption, and how they help to strengthen communities.

“As you tug on food, you pull everything with it,” said Landman, who co-wrote the report’s chapter on southwestern Ontario.

The report covers the results of a project which began two years ago. Researchers have conducted about 170 interviews across Ontario and discussed 20 case studies.

One of the really interesting things about this report (if you’re kinda nerdy like us) is the Appendix of VUE diagrams for each of the case studies considered in the report. They were created using Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) – an open access software developed by Tufts University (

They help show at a glance the different assets, resources and
capacities of the case study organisations in this report, and to show the
linkages between various actors.