Since Organic Advocates/Feast Of Fields was founded in 1989 (as Knives & Forks, which forged kitchen knives with pitch forks), the organic movement and the awareness of organic agriculture have grown dramatically. In part, that increase is the result of thousands of hours of work by Organic Advocates members and volunteers during the past decade.
Whether the promotion of organics has been done one person at a time (answering a question on the telephone), hundreds at a time (participating in a conference) or thousands at a time (discussing organic agriculture in a television or newspaper interview), the organic movement has moved forward.
Of course, Feast of Fields, our signature fundraising event, has been instrumental in bringing organics onto the front burner. The money raised through this annual event have gone toward, among many other projects:
publishing The Organic Gourmet, our 192-page cookbook to celebrate Feast of Fields’ 10th anniversary and organic agriculture, which has been distributed across Canada and the United States
publishing two editions of The Consumer’s Guide to Eating Organics, a directory of Ontario organic farmers, what they produced and where to buy their organic products, stores that sold organics and restaurants who served organics
establishing Toronto’s first organic farmers’ market in 1989, which became not just a place to shop but an organic information meeting place as well
organizing symposiums to develop a dialogue between farmers, chefs and consumers and to provide them a chance to discuss all aspects of organic agriculture, enjoy an organic meal together and listen to inspirational and informative guest speakers
organizing the Organic Produce Purchase Program, which strengthens the business relationships between local organic farmers and chefs
presenting organic lunches and cooking demonstrations at the farmers’ market, to share the cornucopia of organic products and illustrate the quality and flavour that fresh, seasonal organic food offers
funding a cable television program on organic agriculture called “Field of Greens”
producing (still in the works) an educational video for high school students on the benefits of organic agriculture
donations to many other organizations including the annual Guelph Organic Conference, Seeds of Diversity, Organic Crop Improvement Association, Canadian Organic Growers, Citizens for Renewable Energy and Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario