Local Food Manitoulin continues to adapt and grow in order to reach our vision of a strengthened local food landscape that supports independent and shared access to sustainable foods from Shkagamik-kwe (Mother Earth). Understanding the geography of Manitoulin is key when engaging in project designs. In 2020, our team launched Manitoulin's first mobile food market to ensure we provide equal access to the local foods we cultivate and harvest. We coordinate markets with our community partners to meet the unique needs of each community, ensuring our markets serve to empower individuals, families and communities in the movement towards wholistic health.
Our mobile markets offer a wide variety of organic foods cultivated by our team and sourced from local market growers and farmers. All food is offered on a donation basis and we provide sliding scale recommendations based on current market values. Every dollar raised goes directly back into Local Food Manitoulin so we can sustain our food access programs and offer knowledge sharing activities within the communities and schools.
In the spring of 2020, Local Food Manitoulin launched the Myengenuk Gizhkeking Endaat Farming for Community project in partnership with farm owner Richard Lathwell. The team works two large garden plots, cultivating fresh food for the mobile market. The farm hosts hundreds of mature fruit trees and perennial shrubs and plants. Apples, staghorn sumac, choke cherries, raspberries and rhubarb are harvested to contribute to the markets and Harvest to Share.
Local Food Manitoulin is making significant developments to improve and expand the mobile market food access model. We run the markets from an enclosed cargo trailer designed and retrofitted to offer safe food storage and transportation with an added shopping experience for market goers. We hire Farm Staff and coordinate volunteer efforts to increase productivity, provide experience in the agriculture sector and host opportunity for community investment in the project.