2017 Charter Champion Awards Criteria

The information below provides examples of the type of information you may wish to include on your nomination form(s) as specific to each award. Additionally, a few examples have been provided of the types of projects or programs that align.

EQUAL ACCESS TO HEALTHY AND PERSONALLY ACCEPTABLE FOOD FOR ALL


Award—Best Community Garden

A piece of land being cultivated by members of a community. Descriptions should include the location of the garden, who is cultivating the plot, how long it has been running, and what makes this particular community garden special.

Community Appreciation Award—For Work Improving Access to Food in Our Community

An individual or organization working to remove barriers to food access, or improve food availability within Simcoe County. Nominations should include the name of the organization and/or project or program, and a description of the work being done. Examples of nominees might include, but are not limited to: community food box or food pantry programs, food banks, meals on wheels, community breakfast or lunch programs, etc.

A CLOSE-KNIT COMMUNITY ACHIEVED THROUGH A CELEBRATION OF FOOD AND CULTURE


Award—Buy Local Champion

An individual or organization working to promote the purchase of locally-grown food, or food products within Simcoe County. Nominations should include the name of the organization and/or project or program, and a description of the work being done. Examples of nominees might include, but are not limited to: buy-local campaigns, marketing of local food, or procurement policies, etc.

Award—Best Event Celebrating Culture and Local Food

An event, which celebrates local food, culture and diversity and works to promote local food and agriculture, and community building. Nominations should include the name of the event and organizer, a description of the event, and its impact on the community. Examples of nominees might include, but are not limited to: local food or food-product festivals, culinary events highlighting locally-produced food, or food festivals celebrating culture, etc.

LONG-TERM ECONOMIC GROWTH AND PROSPERITY


Award—Best Local Food Retailer

Any individual, business or retailer that produces, promotes, or sells locally-grown food, or food-products within Simcoe County. Nominations should include the name of the individual, business, or retailer, a description of the products sold, a description of the marketing/sales campaign, and a description of what makes this individual, business or retailer unique. Examples of nominees might include, but are not limited to: local craft or specialty food producers selling their products locally, stores running buy-local campaigns, stores specializing in local food and food products, etc.

Award—Best Local Food Restaurant/Caterer

Any restaurant or caterer, within Simcoe County, that promotes or specializes in the use of locally produced food and food products in their menu. Nominations should include the name of the restaurant or caterer, a description of the menu items featuring local ingredients, the food procurement policy exercised by the restaurant or caterer, a description of the marketing/sales campaign promoting the use of local food, and a description of what makes this restaurant or caterer unique.

AGRICULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY 


Community Appreciation Award—Thank Your Friendly Local Farmer

Any individual farmer or farm family that has increased the profile of farming and farm life within Simcoe County. Nominations should include the name of the individual or family, any memberships to clubs or associations, and the qualities or actions that have earned this esteemed individual or family appreciation from their community.

Award—Agricultural Club or Association

Any agricultural club or association within Simcoe County that works to promote local food and agriculture through marketing, events, or educational opportunities. Nominations should include the name of the club or association, a description of the programs, projects or events undertaken, a description of the club or associations membership, and a description of how the work of this club or association benefits the community. Examples of nominees might include, but are not limited to: 4H Clubs, Fall Fair boards, growers' associations, and agricultural sector associations, etc.

Award—Young Farmer's Award (Ages 16-31)

Any farmer in Simcoe County between the ages of 16 to 31, who participates actively in the agricultural community and works to promote local food and agriculture, or who demonstrates specialized skills and knowledge in the field of agriculture. Nominations should include the name, age, and location of the individual, a description of the type of farming activities carried out by the individual, and a list of any club or association memberships, certificates, awards, or degrees possessed by the individual.

Award—Youth Farmer's Award (Ages 15 and under)

Any farmer in Simcoe County age 15 and under, who participates actively in the agricultural community and works to promote local food and agriculture, or who demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit, passion for local food and agriculture, or possesses specialized skills and knowledge in the field of agriculture. Nominations should include the name, age, and location of the individual, a description of the type of farming activities carried out by the individual, and a list of any club or association memberships, certificates, or awards possessed by the individual.


Environmental Responsibility

Award—Best Environmental Champion (Individual)

Any individual, within Simcoe County, who dedicates time, resources, and expertise to encourage policies, practices, and programs that work to preserve the environment and ensure food-system resilience. Nominations should include information about the individual, a description of their contributions to environmental protection or preservation, and the outcomes achieved through their work. Examples of nominees might include, but are not limited to: any individual whose work utilizes traditional or innovative technologies or practices to minimize impact on our water, soils, agricultural areas and ecosystems.

Award—Best Environmental Champion (Organization) 

Any business or organization, within Simcoe County, who dedicates time, resources, and expertise to encourage best practices and programs that work to preserve the environment and/or ensure food-system resilience. Nominations should include information about the business or organization, a description of their contributions to environmental protection or preservation, and the outcomes achieved through their work. Examples of nominees might include, but are not limited to: any organization utilizing environmental best practices such as fuel-efficient transportation fleets, alternative energy sources, or responsible waste diversion practices.


Increased Education and Skills Development for a Healthier Community

Award—Best School Program

Any primary or secondary school offering programs which support the sharing of knowledge and skills in the areas of food-skills, healthy eating, rural and urban farming, social justice, the relationship between culture and food, and local food and agriculture history. Nominations should include the name and location of the school, the program being offered, a description of the program's content, the

number of participants, and the benefit of the program to students. Examples of nominees might include, but are not limited to: programs teaching cooking skills and nutrition to students; any program teaching skills in the area of agriculture, animal sciences, or food production; programs exposing children to rural and farm life.

Award—Best Community-Based Food-Skills Development Program

Any community-based program which supports the sharing of knowledge and skills in the areas of food skills, healthy eating, rural and urban farming, social justice, the relationship between culture and food, and local food and agriculture history. Nominations should include the name of the organization and program, a description of the program's content, the number of participants, and the benefit of the program to the community. Examples of nominees might include, but are not limited to: programs teaching cooking skills and nutrition to community members; any program offering a mentorship opportunity to learn skills related

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For More Information Contact:

Brittany Doner-Gilroy
Project Consultant, Simcoe County Food and Agriculture Charter
1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, Ontario  L9X 1N6
(705) 726-9300  Extension: 1426
brittany.doner@simcoe.ca
simcoe.ca