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Jan 25 2016

Ag and Food Business Related Loans from Saugeen Business Development Corp

The Saugeen Business Development Corporation has announced a new loan program to support farms and food-related businesses.

Agricultural loans of up to $250,000 can assist with:

  • Land and Building Improvements
  • Equipment Purchases/Upgrades/IT
  • Livestock/Crops

And feature:

  • Customized Payment Schedules
  • Interest Rates as low as Prime + .5%
  • Interest-only Payments

Business start-up loans (up to $5,000) and improvement loans (up to $20,000) are also available.

The Saugeen BDC offers funding and support to businesses in southern Grey and Bruce Counties. Visit the website for more information

Category: Announcements/News

Jan 20 2016

Food Nutrition Labelling Workshops at Georgian College – Owen Sound Campus February 8

The team at Georgian College would like to let you know about the series of food labelling wokshops scheduled to take place this winter.

Food Labeling Workshop:

- 3 hour workshop to learn how to use the Genesis software to run nutritional facts panels for your food products.
- When you register for the session, you will be provided with a checklist of information to review and come prepared with.
- The first 2 hours will be spent learning to use the software as well as running through inputting a sample recipe and creating the nutritional facts panel.
- The remaining hour will be spent running your own labels under the supervision of the facilitator.
- You require this training in order to book additional time to run your labels in the future.
- The cost of the session is $200.
- If you have taken the Georgian College Food Safety Regulatory training, please use promo code FOODSAFETYPROMO to get a $100 discount

Location Date Time
Orangeville January 27, 2016 1pm-4pm
Barrie January 30, 2016 2pm-5pm
South Georgian Bay February 2, 2016 9am-12pm
Owen Sound February 8, 2016 9am-12pm
Midland March 16, 2016 9am-12pm
Orillia March 22, 2016 9am-12pm

Registration: Space is limited. Reserve your spot today.

Category: Announcements/News

Jan 15 2016

Will the Rising Cost of Imported Food Make Consumers Demand More Local Options?

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Have we reached the tipping point for local and sustainable food demand? 

As the Canadian dollar continues to drop, the corresponding price of imported food continues to rise. Some analysts think that now may be the “tipping point” for the local food movement. Local food has often been perceived as expensive compared to cheap (and often subsidized) imports, but as the dollar plummets and the US drought drives prices higher, we may see increased demand for home-grown products.

Here’s an article from CBC news in New Brunswick that points to the trend as it relates to food security.

Here are more stories about food prices in Canada:


Category: Announcements/News

Jan 12 2016

OntarioFresh Online Distribution Route Map Study Available

As a way to identify areas of common interest among stakeholders, consulted with small-to-medium sized producers, distributors, and food hubs/storage facilities that represent the vast majority of the food system actors.

After an extensive consultation process with members, researchers collected feedback and discovered a common interest: many of the logistical and distribution challenges involve getting Ontario products to market. Through this consultation process, an idea evolved—an online distribution route map. The project is being explored as a potential social enterprise through the feasibility study by Eco-Ethonomics, a social enterprise and sustainability consulting firm.

For more information, see the full release here: Distribution Feasibility 

Category: Announcements/News