Farm & Community Food Partnerships

Organic food is often criticized as being unaffordable, pretentious and only for the wealthy. 

The New Farm - saladsCome learn how organic farmers, Brent Preston and Gillian Flies, and community food advocate, Nick Saul, worked to change that by building a model to help make nutritious, healthy, organic food affordable and more accessible in their community.

Brent, Gillian and Nick will also discuss our food chain, more generally, and identify some of the barriers we can all work to overcome in order to ensure food remains nutritious, sustainable and accessible for all. 

This workshop is presented by COG – Canadian Organic Growers.

Both of the speakers books will be available for sale at the workshop.

Book Cover Collage

The New Farm: Our Ten Years on the Front Lines of the Good Food Revolution

The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement.



Brent Preston and Gillian FliesThe New Farm 

Brent Preston & Gillian Flies - The New Farm

Gillian Flies and Brent Preston are owners of The New Farm – a certified organic family farm located on the crest of the Niagara Escarpment just west of the village of Creemore.

They produce premium quality organic vegetables for restaurants, retail stores and wholesale customers. Their commitment to sustainability guides everything they do. We hope you’ll join them as they work to build a just, equitable and inclusive food system in southern Ontario.

Nick Saul 

Nick SaulNick Saul is co-founder and President and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada, a national organization that builds and supports vibrant, food-focused community centres in low-income neighbourhoods. These centres are based on the idea that good food is a powerful force for greater health, equity and social change.

Nick is a recipient of the prestigious Jane Jacobs Prize, as well as the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and has an honorary doctorate from Ryerson University.

Born in Tanzania and raised in Canada, Nick studied at University of Toronto and Warwick University in the UK as a Commonwealth Scholar.

His bestselling book, The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement, written with his wife, Andrea Curtis, was nominated for the Toronto Book Award and won several other awards. It is published in Canada, the US and U.K.

Nick lives in Toronto and is the proud father of two boys.

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