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In Conversation with Our Food Future host: 
Barbara Swartzentruber 

Join us as we talk about all things related to the creation of Canada's first circular food economy.

We’ll probe projects and policies, share the stories behind our work, discuss emerging ideas in the food sector, and introduce you to the people who are working to take our community's vision from theory to action.

Check out a new episode the last Tuesday of every month here, on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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Episode 15: Food Systems Planning for the Future

In this episode, host Barb Swartzentruber explores food lost and waste, food access, and how it relates to the circular economy with Dr. Tammara Soma, Research Director and Co-Founder of the Food Systems Lab. She is an Assistant Professor at the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University where she conducts research on issues pertaining to food system planning, community-based research, waste management and the circular economy.  

Bonus content! Snack bites with guest hosts Marva Wisdom and Brendan Johnson, who works with numerous NGO’s on food systems including Everdale Farm and the Guelph Neighborhood Support Coalition, discussing Food System transformation.

Have a listen!


Episode 14: Righting Relationships for a Circular Future

In this episode, host Barb Swartzentruber explores how place-based, small and holistic changes in communities can build just, equitable and sustainable food systems, with her guest Philip Loring, Human Ecologist and Storyteller, and author of the award-winning book Finding our Niche: Toward a Restorative Human Ecology.

Bonus content! Snack bites with guest host River Kamin and guest Jordan Grigg, soil scientist, discuss how healing our relationship with the soil is imperative for restoring our food system.

Have a listen!


Episode 13: Carbon Conversations

Carbon markets. Carbon credits. Carbon offsets. What are they, exactly? It’s all in the latest In Conversation with Our Food Future podcast, hosted by Barb Swartzentruber. Hailey Keating, guest host of our new Snack Bites segment, helps break it down. Then, Barb digs in deeper with guest Aldyen Donnelly, Canada’s leading carbon markets expert.


Episode 12: Circularity on the Market

Julia Grady 10C Executive Director
Leanne McGray, Farmers Market Lead


Episode 12: COIL’s Continuum of Circular Solutions

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Molly Fremes, COIL Program Advisory

Anthony Green, CEO and Co-Founder, Greenhouse Juice

Episode 11: Assessing our Local Food Environment

RachelLisaLisa Needham, Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Rachel Ackford, Health Promotion Specialist, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Episode 10: Turning Point with Tima Bansal

Episode 9: Biomimicry as part of a circular food system

Episode 8: Becoming a circular food business


Episode 7: Circularity and the next generation


Episode 6: Growing the circular food economy with business supports 

Episode 5: Wellington County's perspective on sustainable agriculture practices 

Episode 4: Mapping waste and loss across the regional food system

Episode 3: Business and collaboration in the Circular Economy


Episode 2: Food insecurity and the impact of COVID-19

Episode 1: Our Food Future and the circular economy

You can also listen to In Conversation with Our Food Future, and Big G in Conversation, on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.



Big G in Conversation is the City of Guelph's podcast series.