Harvest Cocktail Dinner

November 13th | Harvest Cocktail Dinner

November 13th 2015 | 18:30 - 21:30

Celebrating the successes of the Farm to Cafeteria movement!

The evening was an occasion to meet and greet conference delegates, to sample scrumptious foods from local farms, and to be inspired by the Farm to School movement that is unfolding in Canada and the United States.

The Harvest Cocktail Dinner featured two speakers: Anupama Joshi and Joanne Bays, who are dedicated and passionate leaders of the National Farm to School movements in North America. They offered a selection of inspiring stories, thoughtful insights, and exciting announcements.

Likewise, Vincent Lafleur Traiteur, and La berceuse CSA farm joined their expertise to offer a meal that wasn’t soon forgetten! In fact, the vegetables had been harvested especially for the event. A projection of photos allowed participants to make the journey from the farm, to the kitchen, to their taste buds. It was hosted in the Locoshop Angus, the country’s first green industrial building and participants were pleased to admire the heritage of the past transformed thanks to sustainable urban planning.






Vincent Lafleur Traiteur

Vincent Lafleur is a chef of exceptional creativity and experience. For the past twenty five years, he has developed some six hundred types of appetizers and hundreds of dishes. His events typically showcase local food.

Ferme de la berceuse

With more than 16 years experience in vegetables farming, Robin Fortin is proud to offer some 30 varieties of vegetables and several types of fresh herbs and fruits - all certified organic. At the De la Berceuse farm, they do more than just work the land, they nurture it.

Locoshop Angus

An Old locomotive repair workshop, Locoshop Angus was renovated in 1999 and received the title of first ecological industrial building in Canada. It is part of the complex Technopole Angus, a dynamic business location, the result of urban revitalization conducted by the Angus Development Corporation.

Anupama Joshi

Executive Director National Farm to School Network (US)

Anupama Joshi is the Executive Director & Co-Founder of the National Farm to School Network in the US. Ms. Joshi co-founded the organization in 2007, which serves as an information, networking, and advocacy hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing as well as food and agriculture education into school systems and preschools.

For two decades, Ms. Joshi has engaged with nutrition, agriculture, and food systems issues around the world. She has worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Pesticide Action Network, served on the boards of FoodCorps and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers, and co-authored a book entitled Food Justice.

Joanne Bays

National Manager, Farm to Cafeteria Canada

Joanne Bays is well known within public health and sustainable food system sectors in Canada and internationally. Joanne co-founded and chaired HEALBC – Canada’s first northern food policy council. She co-founded BC Healthy Communities. She established and held the first provincial Farm to School position within Canada. She has overseen the establishment of hundreds of F2S programs across the nation. In 2011, she co-founded Farm to Cafeteria Canada (F2CC) - a pan-Canadian network championing activity to get more healthy, local, and sustainable foods into public institutions.


Croquarium, this national non-profit organization that contributes to the well-being of children in their living environments through food education focused on the pleasure of eating, from the earth to the table. Croquarium uses a playful approach to offer innovative projects ranging from the discovery of the origin of food to sensory taste education.

Presenter: Geneviève Laroche, Program Coordinator Un trésor dans mon jardin