Cloverbelt Co-op offering services for food in NWO
Tyllore Martelle - Staff Writer
The Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op is a new organization that was started in Northwestern Ontario to give people more affordable food in the form of an online farmers market. Northwestern Ontario is home to many barriers that complicate the process of growing or buying locally grown food, some of which are the long winter and short growing season, the shortage of rich soil, and the Canadian Shield which inhibits a lot of agriculture. Other factors include meager education surrounding how to grow and harvest one’s own food, or simply being unable to cook.
Due to the increasing costs of food in Northwestern Ontario, it can become hard for many families to sufficiently feed their family. Due to the high cost of production, travel, and taxes, many basic necessities are high priced.
To invite open public discussion, the Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op has introduced input sessions across all of Northwestern Ontario.
Sioux Lookout residents had the chance to host two of these meetings last week at the public library. Conducted by Agricultural Coordinator Andrea Habinski the attendees discussed the future of food in Northwestern Ontario.
Although the first meetings were small in attendance, future meetings are possible.
Public charter sessions also took place in Dryden and Kenora. The end goal of the sessions is to paint a clear picture of what the people in Northwestern Ontario need in regard to food. By taking back the ideas put forth by those in the meetings, the end result will best reflect the needs of the people.
Anyone can sign up and order from the Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op’s website. For more information, visit the website at: www.cloverbeltlocalfoodcoop.com.