Manitoulin Community Fresh Food Initiative (MCFFI)
The Manitoulin Community Fresh Food Initiative (MCFFI) is driving Manitoulin’s local food movement forward by supporting a wholistic approach to sourcing locally produced food in sustainable, culturally appropriate, community-driven methods. By connecting people with their food in all four areas of health, the MCFFI aims to increase access to fresh and traditional food, improve community food security, and provide opportunities for people to choose where their food comes from.
The MCFFI provides support for growth and expansion of community gardening initiatives, installs raised bed gardens at families’ homes, hosts From Seed to Table workshops and community food forums, and promotes Indigenous food sovereignty. The MCFFI is also piloting community all-season growing projects including off-grid greenhouses and indoor farming.
With guidance from the program’s steering committee, the Child Poverty Task Force, the MCFFI aims to improve fresh food access by providing the foundations for islanders to grow, store, and preserve at home and on the community level. The hope of the program is to reduce household food costs, see improvements in local diets, and see people participating in gardening and other forest and freshwater food harvesting to positively impact wellbeing.
For information on the Manitoulin Community Fresh Food Initiative, please contact the Manitoulin Community Fresh Food Initiative Project Manager at (705) 368-0229 ext. 270.
For general inquiries on the programs and services provided by Noojmowin Teg Health Centre, please contact (705) 368-2182.