Informed by my time working for the Ontario Student Nutrition Program, my research is examining the rapid expansion of ‘farm-to-school’ programs in Ontario. Specifically, my work explores the possibility of these local food programs to expand the scope and sustainability of local food production and procurement in Ontario and the aggregate impact of these scaled-up programs on the provincial economy. As Canada is one of the only G8 countries without a universal, nationally-funded student nutrition program, it is my hope that showing the economic return on investment of these programs will increase investment in school food programs, helping to move the dial on student well-being in Canada.

Interests

  • Rural Development
  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • School Food & Student Nutrition
  • Farm to School Programs

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.