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Cambrian R&D Hosts Film Night to Celebrate Urban Agriculture

Oct 17, 2023

SUDBURY – Cambrian R&D is hosting a film night to explore the topic of food security and how to improve the availability of local food in Greater Sudbury.

Farm to Film: Celebrating Urban Agriculture in Greater Sudbury is being held at Knowhere Public House, 130 Elm Street, Thursday, October 19, starting at 6 p.m.

The evening will feature locally inspired appetizers and short films from Cassidy McAuliffe.

“This is such an important initiative and we have all seen how supply chains can be vulnerable, food prices can fluctuate and that the availability of locally grown produce is an emerging issue for all of us to pay attention to,” says Cody Cacciotti, a business developer with Cambrian R&D.

Farm to Film is part of a $350,000 multi-year grant provided to Cambrian College’s applied research division through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) College and Community Social Innovation Fund. Partnering with Cambrian R&D on this initiative is the Flour Mill Community Farm.

“Food insecurity affects approximately one in six of all households in Ontario and in Sudbury we can see first-hand how that can impact our physical and mental health as well as the overall wellness of our entire community,” says Fionna Tough, urban food coordinator with the Flour Mill Community Farm. “The rising costs of fresh food is negatively impacting families and that’s why urban gardens and being able to feed ourselves and sustain our communities are important steps we all need to make.”

Other food security initiatives through the partnership made possible by the NSERC funding include:

  • Construction of compost bins for a community garden in Hanmer.
  • Cambrian Environmental Studies students producing a best-practice guide for home gardening.
  • Soil sampling and analysis at community garden sites.
  • Multiple free, public workshops and community activities (like seed planting, learning about composting) hosted at the Flour Mill Community Farm.

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