The week of October 25, 2015 was declared Food Entrepreneurship Week in Simcoe County to celebrate those gastronomic entrepreneurs who make a business out of growing, processing, and selling food-related products across the region. To celebrate the declaration (Oct. 26 and 28) Georgian College and community partners welcomed over 200 food entrepreneurs to the Orillia and Midland Food Entrepreneurship Seminars. The seminars were part of a successful series led by Georgian College that have been sweeping across communities in Central Ontario. Continue reading Food Entrepreneurship Success in Central Ontario Expands to Provincial Conference
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:
- Bruce 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
Get 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
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
Can you explain what you do on your farm to non-farmers?
That was the question posed recently by Bernard Tobin at the Real Dirt on Farming Speakers Training session held in Earlton, Ontario. He challenged us to be able to describe what we do in words that anyone can understand. He also said that, farmers should be ready to talk at the drop of a hat, or at the doctor’s office, or the grocery store, etc.
Volunteering at the OMAFRA booth at the 2015 Royal Agriculture Winter Fair in Toronto made me realize again how interested people are in their food, and how little they actually know about how it is produced. Continue reading Talking to the public about agriculture
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
Ontario 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
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.
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
Volunteering is an integral component of any non-profit and charitable organization. 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
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
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 – Mississauga
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