Community Agriculture Challenge
Community Agriculture is the practice of cultivating, processing and distributing food in an effort to increase community food security, supporting the land and local economies, while increasing social connection.
where it started
In January 2020, Our Food Future — Guelph-Wellington’s ambitious initiative to create a regional circular food system — officially launched. One of the key goals of Our Food Future is to see our region become more food secure, increasing access to affordable, nutritious foods by 50%.
1 out of 8 households in Guelph and Wellington County experience food insecurity. Since March 2020, Covid-19 has revealed and increased many of the inequities of the food system, with a growing number of residents who are experiencing food insecurity more regularly.
The Guelph-Wellington Community Agriculture Challenge is a call for projects, offering a total of $20,000 in funding (up to $2,000 each to 10 projects) to implement ideas and projects that support circular economic recovery, accelerate food production, and get more food to the table with less environmental impact.
In your project, please consider
this central question:
How might business, not-for-profits and individual community members use circular thinking and community agricultural practices to improve community connection and resilience by increasing production of nutritious food in Guelph-Wellington?
Our program guide provides full details on funding, a sample application and project timelines.
Applications are being accepted from July 29, 2022 until October 17, 2022 for the 2023 growing season.