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Nov 24 2015

Mandate Letter to New Federal Minster of Agriculture and Agri-Food

The mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to new Minster of Agriculture and Agri-Food includes the following directives and several others:
  • Invest in an Agri-Food Value Added Investment Fund to attract investment and create good jobs in food processing.  This will provide technical and marketing assistance to help food processors develop new value-added products that reflect changing tastes and market opportunities.
  • Develop a food policy that promotes healthy living and safe food by putting more healthy, high-quality food, produced by Canadian ranchers and farmers, on the tables of families across the country.
  • Work with provinces, territories, and other willing partners, to help the sector adjust to climate change and better address water and soil conservation and development issues.

You can read the enire letter here:

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Nov 17 2015

Greenbelt Fund Now Accepting Inquiries for Local Food Investment Fund

The Greenbelt Fund is now accepting eligibility inquiries for the Local Food Investment Fund. Grant Guidelines are available on the Greenbelt website.

Once again, projects will be considered for funding if they fall into the following categories:


Project proposals will be judged against the following criteria: Economic Impact, Innovation, Systemic Change, Leadership, and Knowledge Transfer.

Inquiries to assess eligibility will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Successful inquiries will be invited to submit a full proposal, which will be reviewed by our Board of Directors.



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Nov 16 2015

Swamphaus Farm CSA Brings Community Gardens to Remote Northern Community

Local CSA farmer Virgil (Steve) Vassallo of Swamphaus Farm CSA is embarking on a project to bring community gardens – and fresh food – to the remote North Caribou First Nations community.
 The community is home to between seven and eight hundred people – fluctuating constantly because of off-reserve employment opportunities and mandatory education laws, which require teenagers to leave the community to attend high school. The band identifies itself as Oji-Cree, and it is located 320 km north of Sioux Lookout – the nearest commercial hub with full services and amenities.

The central aim of the Boreal Garden Project is simple:

  • Help the residents of North Caribou First Nation to create and sustain a large community garden to provide fresh food for residents
  • Activity-based therapy that connects people to the land and the healing opportunities it provides
  • Foster mentors who can become teachers for the next generations

A Kickstarter campaign has been created to help support this project. You can find out more on the project page or on the Boreal Garden Project website.


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Nov 12 2015

Ontario Young Farmers Forum (OYFF) in Toronto, Nov 22-23

The Ontario Young Farmers Forum (OYFF) is back, Sunday November 22 and Monday November 23, 2015 at the International Plaza Hotel in Toronto. OYFF attracts some the brightest and most innovative young farmers (ages 18-40) from across the province for a 2-day forum in conjunction with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) annual meeting and convention.

Some guest mentors this year include:
•    Andrew Campbell, Fresh Air Farmer
•    Kevin Stewart, AGVision Media
•    Lyndsey Smith
•    Farm and Food Care Ontario


Email completed form attached to or mail along with cheque, payable to Junior Farmers’ Association of Ontario to: OYFF Registration c/o JFAO, 100 Stone Rd. W. Suite 206. Guelph, ON. N1G 5L3

CONTACT: Amy Matheson - Coordinator/OYFF  519-870-6456  OR …read more »

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