Ontario Regional Farm to School Salad Bar Training lead by Farm to Cafeteria Canada at Eastdale Collegiate Institute in Toronto.

Informed by my time working for the Ontario Student Nutrition Program, my research examines school-based food and local food ‘farm-to-school’ programs. Specifically, my work explores the possibility of these programs to expand the scope and sustainability of local/regional food production via scaled-up programming and sales to elementary and high school-based breakfast, snack and lunch programs.

Nationally, I examine school food models across the country, and the broader movement that is calling for a National School Food Program as Canada is the only G7 country without such a program.

Collectively, my research aims to capture the social and economic return on investment of school food programs to move the dial on health and well-being in Canada while supporting the Canadian economy.

Interests

  • National School Food Programs
  • Farm to School Programs
  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • Food Policy
  • Rural Development

Research Projects

  • Linking Farm and School in New Regional Agri-Food Value Chains

    Three year research project funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs evaluating the economic impact of farm to school programs in Ontario.

    To learn more, read my article in the Conversation Canada by clicking the image above.