Dr. Daniel Gillis

A crowdfunded economics project byDr. Daniel Gillis

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A Year Later

Lab Note #1
Jun 13, 2014
Thank you again to all of our donors, supporters, family, and friends who have made the Farm To Fork project a success.
The Farm To Fork website (Farm-To-Fork.ca) launched October 3, 2013. Since then, it continues to garner support and improve the quality and quantity of food donated to the emergency food system in the Guelph-Wellington region.

Based on the success of the program in Guelph, we are redeveloping the back-end to expand to other communities. We are also developing the mobile app to harness the location based technologies - reminding people of needs as they enter a grocery store or market. We are also looking to link the reminders to local foods (based on seasonal foods, and locally produced goods) - so that we aren't just helping those in need, we're helping the local economy.

The Farm To Fork project has already generated two peer reviewed papers: 

1. Farm To Fork: How a Third Year Computer Science Class Took On the Issue of Food Insecurity https://journal.lib.uoguelph.ca/index.php/tli/arti... (available now)
2. Farm To Fork: The Impact of Community-Engaged Scholarship on Food Insecurity in the Guelph-Wellington Area (forthcoming)

We've also been named as one of the top 15 social innovation projects as part of the Elevator Project. 

In other news - many of the original 30 students involved in the project have graduated in the past 6 months. We are so proud of the work they've done, and can't wait to see what they do next. Fortunately, two of the graduates - Lee-Jay and Corey - remain to help push Farm To Fork beyond the borders of Guelph-Wellington, to ensure that everyone has access to healthy food. 

Stay tuned for more. And don't forget - you can follow our blog for further updates: http://farmtoforkguelph.wordpress.com/. If you want to bring Farm To Fork to your community, don't hesitate to contact us. 

Dan & the Farm To Fork team
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