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Municipal Regulatory Toolkit for Agriculture

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The Regional Economic Development Branch, North Region Team (NRT) provides support to municipalities involved with the agriculture sector. This support often comes in the form of responding to specific questions about agriculture related economic development opportunities, and frequently about regulatory aspects of the industry. In response to these inquiries, the NRT developed the “Municipal Regulatory Toolkit for Agriculture” (designed to meet the needs of northern Ontario Municipalities). Continue reading Municipal Regulatory Toolkit for Agriculture

Local Food Conference Ignite Session (2 of 2)

The second day of the Eastern Ontario Local Foods Conference on November 5th turned out to be just as exciting as the first.  An “Ignite” session featured 10 local food presentations on a range of informative topics that included:

  • Ingite Speaker Bruce EnloeBruce Enloe, Two Rivers Food Hub spoke about community collaboration
  • Kim Leadbeater, Northumberland Food Policy Committee described how policy has led to the development of a local food Smart Board resource for schools
  • Trissia Mellor, Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre revealed what operations look like at the County’s newly-operational micro food processing facility

Continue reading Local Food Conference Ignite Session (2 of 2)

Staff Profile: Vicki Lass

vicki head and shoulders 2015Get to know our staff. We’ll be profiling them here so you can get to know who can help you grow your ideas.

What is your role in the Regional Economic Development Branch? 

I get to spend my work day doing an amazingly diverse set of activities as an Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor covering Lambton, Huron and Perth Counties. I work on projects to assist with job retention, attraction, growing the tax base and improving quality of life. The work I do helps make rural Ontario an attractive place to live, work and play. Continue reading Staff Profile: Vicki Lass

A look back at the Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference Part 1 of 2

The Cities of Belleville and Quinte West hosted the 5th annual Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference, November 4th and 5th in the City of Belleville.  The theme for the conference set the tone for an exceptional offering of information, inspiration and local food experiences (Creativity + Collaboration = Action). More than 200 delegates, speakers and mentors were offered a program that ignited their passion and moved them to action, with the hope that they each take that inspiration back to their communities to further advance the local food economy in Eastern Ontario. Continue reading A look back at the Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference Part 1 of 2

Agri-Food Innovations Recognized in South Western Ontario

The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence recognizes and celebrates the agri-food producers, processors, organizations and rural communities, who through their innovative ideas and projects are helping strengthen our communities, support a sustainable environment, create jobs and boost our economy.

The following are regional award recipients from Grey County, Perth County, Simcoe County, Waterloo Region and Wellington County.

Bighead Hops – Meaford

bhhmainpaiglogoOntario grown hops seems like the ideal choice for brewers and micro-brewers across the province, however, there’s just one problem.  Continue reading Agri-Food Innovations Recognized in South Western Ontario

Celebrating Agri-Food Innovation and Growth

Ontario recognizes and celebrates local agri-food innovators whose ideas and projects are strengthening the province’s agri-food sector.

Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister Jeff Leal, honoured local agri-food industry innovators recently for their resourcefulness and leadership that have inspired Ontario’s agricultural sector.  The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence highlights the provinces innovative individuals and organizations whose new ideas  allow the people of our province to enjoy the benefits of new jobs and new products, all of which add to our growing economy.

The Premier’s Award was presented to VG Meats of Norfolk County.

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For VG Meats, the best school uniform is a butcher’s apron.  The folks over at VG Meats created an intuitive training program designed to teach the ins-and-outs of meat butchery. The innovation came about when they couldn’t find the skilled staff needed for the family’s processing and retail Continue reading Celebrating Agri-Food Innovation and Growth

E-Learning 2: Volunteer Management – The Importance of volunteering

Volunteering is an integral component of any non-profit and charitable organization.shutterstock_146194424- new.jpg Without volunteers’ dedicating their time and talent, many of these organizations simply would not exist. The ‘Volunteer Management‘ e-learning module is designed to help organizations recruit, organize and develop strong and effective volunteers.

This module has of four lessons which cover volunteering and volunteer management: Continue reading E-Learning 2: Volunteer Management – The Importance of volunteering

Local Food ‘Destination Quinte Region’ Tour a Hit

The recently held 5th annual Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference ‘Destination Quinte Region’ tour was hit with delegates. There were six delicious stops on the tour, highlighting some of the region’s local food diversity and success stories, and providing a closer view of their operations.

The first stop included a tour and delicious sampling of product from La Cultura Salumi in Quinte West. Jane Aballe provided participants with an overview of the operation, and spoke about the care and attention every piece of meat receives as it’s cured in using old world traditions. Continue reading Local Food ‘Destination Quinte Region’ Tour a Hit

Agri-Food Innovations Recognized at Award Ceremony in Aurora

The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence recently recognized some of the province’s most innovative leaders in the sector! We’d like to introduce some of these innovations to you.

On November 9, 2015, a regional event in Aurora showcased the award recipients from in and around the Greater Toronto Area including Haldimand County, Hamilton Region, Muskoka District, Niagara Region, Peel Region, Toronto and York Region.

Aqua Greens – Mississaugaphoto-original

Craig Petten and Pablo Alvarez have transformed their Mississauga-based aquaponics operation from one storey to four, quadrupling production without adding to its carbon footprint. Continue reading Agri-Food Innovations Recognized at Award Ceremony in Aurora

Agri-Food Innovations Recognized at Award Ceremony in Sudbury

The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence recognizes and celebrates agri-food producers, processors, organizations and rural communities, who through their innovative ideas and projects are helping strengthen our communities, support a sustainable environment, create jobs and boost our economy.

The following are regional award recipients from Algoma, Sudbury and Timiskaming Districts.

Mill Market – Sault Ste. Marie

In many communities, farmers’ markets close up shop when the frost hits, sending the local food movement into hibernation. After all, outdoor stalls lose their appeal in sub-zero temperatures. That’s why organizer’s in Sault Ste. Marie decided to move their market indoors to keep the doors open year-round. A former fish hatchery in the city’s historic canal district was repurposed, and in 2014, the new Mill Market opened. Continue reading Agri-Food Innovations Recognized at Award Ceremony in Sudbury