Human Environments Avalysis Laboratory

Smart APPetite

Supporting Local Food Economies & Improving Healthy Food Access within
Southwestern Ontario through the Use of a Smartphone ‘APP’
& Interactive Website

SmartAPPetite is a collaborative project aimed at supporting local farmers, producers, retailers, and restaurants in an effort to improve local food economies and healthy food access within the Southwestern Ontario region.

The project is community-based and will involve various workshops & discussions with local food providers. The end result will be a smartphone application, an ‘app’, & an interactive website. We are interested in finding out how smartphone & social media technology can help to remove barriers to accessing healthy local food.

Upcoming Workshops:

What: Middlesex & London Workshop
When: Tuesday July 8, 2014 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Where: Central London Public Library, 251 Dundas Street, London, ON
Who: Any and all in the local food industry
RSVP: Click here!

What: Perth County Workshop
When: Thursday July 10, 2014 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Where: The Local Community Food Centre, 612 Erie Street Stratford, ON
Who: Any and all in the local food industry
RSVP: Click here!

What: Oxford County Workshop
When: Monday July 14, 2014 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Where: Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese, 445172 Gunns Hill Rd, Woodstock, ON
Who: Any and all in the local food industry
RSVP: Click here!

Past Workshops:

What: Elgin County Workshop
When: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7PM – 9PM
Where: The Arts & Cookery Bank in West Lorne, 242 Graham Rd, West Lorne

What: Old East Village Workshop
When: Thursday, Aril 24, 2014 at 10am-12pm
Where: London Potter’s Guild, 664 Dundas St, London, ON

What: Lambton County Workshop
When: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Where: Wyoming Public Library, 536 Niagara Street, Wyoming, ON

What: Essex County Workshop
When: Monday June 16, 2014 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Where: Kingsville Public Library, 40 Main Street West, Kingsville, ON

For more information, please contact:
Margaret Milczarek
Project Manager
smartappetite @ uwo.ca

The SmartAPPetite Team would like to Thank all the local food farmers, retailers, providers, and stakeholders who attended our workshops at the Arts and Cookery Bank in West Lorne and at the Potter's Guild in London.

At this phase in the project:

We would like to connect with as many as possible & are holding workshops for:

  • Local Food Farmers
  • Local Food Producers/Processors
  • Local Food Retailers
  • Local Restaurants

What is SmartAPPetite?

SmartAPP is first a ‘Tool’. It is a smartphone application, or ‘app’, and an accompanying interactive website. However, it is a lot more than just multimedia. More, importantly, it is a local food provider focused & led project. In other words, it is a ‘tool’ that is being developed by first asking: ‘what type of tool will benefit the local food producer & the end user?’ This community-based project wants to find out how a smartphone application can benefit the local community from ‘field-to-fork’, from farmer to user. Through this technology, we want to strengthen already existing local food networks, support the local food movement & build new connections within and between communities.

Being health geographers, we are also concerned about removing barriers to healthy food access. We view ‘access’ to food as comprised of geographical access, economic access, and informational access. Healthy eating is influenced by the food that is accessible and available to us. To that aim, we want to make eating fresh seasonal food easy & convenient. Our ‘app’ & website will make ‘getting in touch’ with local food providers easier.

Our motto is: Buy Local, Eat Smart, Get Healthy!

Collaborators:

Department of Geography, Western University
Human Environments Analysis Laboratory, Western University
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
Brescia University College
London Training Centre
Old East Business Improvement Association

Funders: