Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance (HFFA) is a collaborative of various community partners and volunteers that supports activities to enhance local food and farming in Dufferin County and the Town of Caledon in Ontario, Canada. HFFA is a project of Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA). HFFA has a coordinating committee called “the HUB” and one working group called “Education, Literacy and Access (ELA)”.

“The HUB” committee of HFFA has representatives from the following agencies:

  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
  • Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance
  • Town of Caledon
  • Town of Orangeville
  • Dufferin Farm Fresh map
  • Headwaters Communities in Action
  • Dufferin Board of Trade

History Highlights

On April 23rd 2012, 135 people from the Headwaters Region gathered together at the first Headwaters Food Summit to develop a practical plan to bring out the best of their regional food system.  HFFA was formed following this food summit in efforts to work towards the goals identified at the food summit. Since the inception of HFFA, a second Headwaters Food Summit was hosted in 2013 as well as numerous other community events, meetings and workshops in efforts to work towards HFFA’s vision.


HFFA envisions a food system that is productive, sustainable, transparent, and fair; supports the health and well-being of our residents and food providers; and contributes to the prosperous and equitable economy.


Environmental responsibility

We value a food system that reduces its environmental footprint through the responsible management of soil, water, air, energy, and waste.

Culture and celebration

We value food as a celebration of our agricultural heritage, cultural diversity and community connections.

Health and well-being

We value the role of healthy food in promoting mental wellness, healthy growth and development and the prevention of lifestyle-related diseases.

Food access and equity

We value everyone’s basic right to afford and physically access healthy food.

Agricultural sustainability

We value a diverse and prosperous farming community.

Economic vitality

We value the role of food and farming businesses in the Headwaters economy.

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