Hamilton Eat Local

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For information about our award-nominated Rural Routes farm country bus tours click on the link in the menu to your left.

For information on Cable 14's Eat Local Segments please click the link. 

To print your personal copy of Hamilton Eat Local's "Operation Smoothie" handbook please click the link and print it "collated" for best results.

For local food news and Hamilton Eat Local news and events please visit our lively and informative blog: www.hamiltoneatlocal.blogspot.com

To contact us or to sign up for regular e-mail updates by joining our interactive listserv: kburson.eatlocal@environmenthamilton.org 

Hamilton Eat Local was formed in 2005 by Environment Hamilton and other community partners to support programs that encourage Hamiltonians to buy food grown by local farmers and harvest food from urban gardens and other settings that would otherwise go to waste. Hamilton Eat Local aims to increase the consumption of local food in Hamilton through two major initiatives: The Hamilton Eat Local Farm Map & Directory and the Hamilton Fruit Tree Project.

The Hamilton Eat Local Farm Map & Directory, first launched in 2007, forms the cornerstone of our local food campaign. The map features over 60 locations where consumers can purchase locally grown food directly from those who produced it. The 2010-2011 Hamilton Eat Local Farm Map & Directory, featuring yet more local food sources than previous years, are available.

The award-winning Rural Routes farm bus tours were established in 2010 and has continued to be a popular and successful program.

Hamilton Eat Local created the Hamilton Good Food Box Network in cooperation with a wide range of community partners and with funding from the Healthy Communities Fund, the Hamilton Community Foundation and numerous donors, supporters and volunteers!

Hamilton Eat Local's project manager Karen Burson can be reached at:


For more information about the 2010-2011 Hamilton Farm Map and Directory contact Farm Map Project Manager Juby Lee at jlee@environmenthamilton.org or call the Environment Hamilton office at 905.549.0900 to speak with Juby or to leave her a message.  

Visit our Online Local Food Directory to find your favourite foods grown close to home by a local farmer. 

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The Hamilton Fruit Tree Project organizes volunteers to harvest fruit from trees in Hamilton that would otherwise go to waste. Fruit tree owners contact us if they have trees that are available for picking. Volunteers then pick the fruit and divide it between the tree owner, local food banks and social service providers. Volunteers also enjoy the 'fruits of their labour' and get to take some of the fruit home. This year the Hamilton Fruit Tree Project will include fruit preserving workshops. Please contact us if you'd like to volunteer or know of a tree that needs to be picked!

If interested in harvesting and volunteering then, please contact Juby Lee, Project Co-ordinator at: jlee@environmenthamilton.org

Check out Hamilton Fruit Tree Project's blog at: hamiltonfruittreeproject.blogspot.com

Much of the past work of Hamilton Eat Local would not have been possible without the generous support of the

Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and The City of Hamilton.  For more information about the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

and Ontario's Greenbelt, visit www.greenbelt.ca and explore their exciting new fresh food portal, www.greenbeltfresh.ca!