CLFC Newsletter Archive

Keep informed with our past weekly newsletters!

Did you miss our weekly newsletter? Fear not, as you can find all of our archived newsletter stories on this page!


March 25, 2018 – That’s a Wrap

It’s hard to believe, but our one year Greenbelt funded project has come to an end! Read our final update to get up to speed on our progress this last year and to read about all of the great things our amazing Co-op has accomplished together this last year!

March 18, 2018 – Out Like a Lion

March has been a busy month for CLFC staff as we wrap up the Greenbelt Project. We’re opening new hubs, expanding our transportation network and planning events!

March 11, 2018 – Getting Ready for Spring Garden Planting

It might not look like it outside, but it’s time to start planning that garden! We’ve got some tips for having a successful garden this season, and can even connect you with locally adapted and sourced seeds!

March 4, 2018 – CLFC Updates and Upgrades

CLFC has been growing rapidly over this last year thanks to our Greenbelt Project! To manage our growth, we’ve had to do some major website upgrades.

February 25, 2018 – February, The Shortest Month

February might be the shortest month of the year, but it sure doesn’t feel like it! CLFC staff have been bust planning events and opening new hubs! Read about our progress during this “short” month!

February 18, 2018 – Be Wise When Defining Local

Have you ever really thought about the deep effects of supporting local? We’ve got some information on the importance of being aware when supporting local businesses in your community.

February 11, 2018 – Share the Love and Charter Input Sessions in the East

Nothing helps to show your love to that special someone this Valentine’s Day better than a personal, handcrafted, local gift! Read about the local gift ideas available on our website! We’ve also been busy East of Thunder Bay with Food Charter Input sessions – read about it to get caught up!

February 4, 2018 – Sharing Knowledge Through CLFC

CLFC producers and members have a huge wealth of knowledge and skills to share with their communities. Sharalei of the Black Oven provided Sourdough Bread Making for Beginner Workshops in Sioux Lookout and Kenora to our members! Read about these fun workshops and the skills passed down to the community!

January 28, 2018 – Weekly Meal Prep With CLFC

Need inspiration for your daunting meal prep? Look no further! We’ve got the tips and tricks for successful meal planning using CLFC!

January 14, 2018 – End of Winter Love Local Boxes and Deep Freeze Survival Tips

We’ve wrapped up another extremely successful Love Local Box Program! Read about the program and get some tips and tricks to survive this cold, never ending winter with local goods!

January 7, 2018 – New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year means it’s time for some new resolutions! How can you fit local into your resolutions? What are your goals for this year?

December 17, 2017 – Make Buying Local a Community Event

Read an update on the Emo hub and learn about the local initiatives happening this holiday season around the region!

December 10, 2017 – ‘Tis The Season for Local Stocking Stuffers

Christmas is coming!! Want some tips on getting a local gift for the special someone? We’ve got you covered! We’ve also welcomed a new Thunder Bay community coordinator, and she’s a familiar face!

December 3, 2017 – CLFC Farm to Forks Successes

We hosted a Farm to Fork event in Sioux Lookout and in Kenora last month! Read all about the delicious meals and the events!

November 26, 2017 – The Importance of Your Participation in the Regional Food Charter Survey

We’ve made progress with the Food Charter Project and we need to hear from YOU! Learn about why it’s important we have your feedback and access the survey for your chance to WIN!

November 19, 2017 – New Distribution Hub Opens in Rainy River District

We’ve finally opened a hub in the RRD! Read about the partnership that made it possible and our progress in the Rainy River District!

November 5, 2017 – CLFC Successes Shared Across Ontario

CLFC has been busy travelling the countryside! Read about two major conferences attended by CLFC staff where we shared information about our Co-op!

October 29, 2017 – Food Charter Project Moves Forward and CLFC Welcomes New Kenora Coordinator

Read about our progress with the Food Chart Project and meet Jessalyn, the new face of CLFC in Kenora!

October 22, 2017 – A Time to Give Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for?

October 8, 2017 – CLFC Partners with Community Organizations and Businesses to Deliver Apples to Schools!

See how CLFC is working to deliver thousands of pounds of apples to students!

October 1, 2017 – Co-op and Farm Tours Enjoyed by All

Read all about the exciting Farm and Co-op Tour event CLFC helped to host in September! Participants got a personalized tour of local food production and learned about how co-ops support local farmers!

September 24, 2017 – Model Healthy Food Habits Today for the Reward Tomorrow

Learn about how you can support the adoption of healthy food habits in the next generation!

September 17, 2017 – Preparing the Next Generation for a Future of Food Sustainability

Teaching the next generation about food sustainability is important! Learn about how CLFC is helping to do just that!

September 10, 2017 – Update on the Regional Food Charter

Read about the Food Charter’s progress and what’s next for its development.

August 27, 2017 – Are you Going to the Fair?

CLFC was at the Emo Fall Fair! See how these events support local agriculture and spread knowledge about local food systems!

August 20, 2017 – Preparing Local Produce for Use Year Round

Use this article to learn tips and trick on preserving your favourite local produce for use throughout the year!

August 13, 2017 – Partnerships Make us Stronger

Partnerships are a major part of what makes co-ops so successful! Read about the SNAPP program and how this partnership is helping CLFC producers put more local food on tables!

August 6, 2017 – Regional Crop Tours Event Major Success!

The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association held crop tours across the region and CLFC Community Coordinators were there to catch the action!

July 30, 2017 – What do Chickens Have to do With it?

OMAFRA and Chicken Farms of Ontario were in Emo and Oxdrift to provide workshops on poultry production. This article has lots of fun facts on the ins and outs of raising chickens for sale in NWO!

July 23, 2017 – The Importance of Traditional Foods for First Nations People

Learn about the importance of supporting access to traditional foods for local First Nations people.

July 16, 2017 – The Ethics of Eating Locally

We all have different reasons for supporting local food production. This article touches on a few of the major benefits of eating locally.

July 9, 2017 – Supporting CLFC Producers: Kenora’s 901 Westside Restaurant’s First Farm to Table Event

CLFC supplied local food to an exciting local food event in Kenora! Read all about it here!

July 2, 2017 – Regional Food Charter Input Sessions Begin in Rainy River District

Input sessions for the Food Charter project are in full swing in Rainy River! Hear about the information gathered so far.

June 25, 2017 – Gardening and Food Programs with a Social Purpose

Learn about Willow Springs in Thunder Bay and how they use food growing and production programming to support community members.

 June 18, 2017 – Working Together to Feed Communities

A CLFC producer is working to connect a local school with produce for their salad bar! Learn how CLFC helps to support this partnership and how this collaboration helps to feed communities!

June 11, 2017 – Community Building Through Seedling Exchanges

To celebrate local food week, we’re bringing you a unique story from Kenora on how this community is building relationships and preserving local food production!

June 4, 2017 – As One Chapter Closes, Another One Opens

Hear all about our Agricultural Coordinator’s internship and our newest community coordinator in Rainy River!

May 28, 2017 – Strength in Farmers Working Together

We found an amazing example of two farms working together to bring you a sustainable and uniquely local product!

May 21, 2017 – Supporting Local Farmers Through CSAs

Learn all about our Community Supported Agriculture programs and the benefits of purchasing your CSA or Locavore share!