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Apr 26 2016

Grey County Chefs Forum – AGM – Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00 PM

Grey County Chefs Forum – Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00 PM

In the Frank McIntyre Building, 250 Owen Sound St., Dundalk

GUEST SPEAKER! Ralph Baumlisberge from Windyfield Farms speaking on:”Food for our Future”

A practical overview on the future of REAL FOOD, seeds, GMO food and silly science.
The evening will appeal to farmers in Grey-Bruce, Dufferin & Wellington Counties as well as those interested in supporting local/regional food distribution.

GreyCountyChefsForum.org
PLEASE REGISTER BY RETURN EMAIL to gcchefsforum@gmail.com

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Apr 18 2016

Eat Local Grey Bruce Launches New Website; Now Accepting Members for 2016

Eat Local Grey Bruce Cooperative is now accepting consumer members for their local food, home delivery service. Starting in May, the cooperative of local farmers and food producers will deliver local foods to customers’ doorsteps. The group spent the past winter assembling the cooperative, hiring staff and finding warehouse space in Owen Sound. This follows on last autumn’s successful test run in which $23,000 worth of local products were delivered to more than 200 customers throughout Grey Bruce, in a single day.

On April 18th, the co-op launched it’s website www.EatLocalGreyBruce.ca and is now asking consumers to sign-up for memberships. Memberships are available for one to four years and cost from $35 to $100. Through a membership consumers will be able to access on-line purchasing and delivery of a wide range of local foods, as well as voting privileges within the co-op. The co-op plans to launch home deliveries in the Owen Sound area in late May, then expand to most areas in the Counties. Expansion will respond to where the most members have signed up – so help us make it your place!

Eat Local Grey Bruce is a not-for-profit cooperative of food producers and consumers. Co-operatives are member-owned enterprises where all members have the same voting power. Together, we create a third path for our food system by establishing a direct relationship between consumers and producers, and a common ownership of the distribution infrastructure.

Customers order food online from a wide variety of local producers, supplemented with additional products from further afield. Orders are fully customized and include refrigerated and frozen items (fruits & vegetables, dairy, eggs, meat, fish). Customers can also select regular orders and seasonal produce boxes. The products are gathered at our warehouse, assembled into customer orders and then delivered to your front door

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Apr 18 2016

Food Safety Webinars for Producers

Spring 2016 Food Safety Webinars

April 2016 – Interested in formalizing your food safety program? OSCIA has scheduled two more rounds of food safety webinars. These webinars are a great way to get started with a food safety program for your farm. The webinars explain the food safety risks and the good agricultural practices you can put in place to reduce or eliminate those risks. The webinars run approximately 1 to 1.5 hours, and cover a single topic with each webinar. You must have access to an internet connection and a phone line in order to participate. For additional details, or to register for any of the webinars, see www.ontariosoilcrop.org.

Upcoming Webinars:

  • Cleaning and Sanitizing Date: Monday, April 18 Time: 7 pm
  • Building Maintenance, Pest Control and Visitors Date: Monday, May 2, Time: 7 pm
  • Soil Amendments Date: Monday, May 16, Time: 7 pm
  • Pre and Post Harvest Water Date: Monday, May 30, Time: 7 pm
  • Recall and Traceability Date: Monday, June 13, Time: 7 pm
  • Worker Practices Date: Monday, June 27, Time: 7 pm

This program is funded through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

For more information please contact: Barb Caswell, Program Coordinator Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association 519-826-4707 foodsafety@ontariosoilcrop.org

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Mar 31 2016

Giant Hogweed Infestation? A Researcher Wants to Talk With You


Hello!

My name is Meghan Grguric and I’m a graduate student with the University of Guelph doing my Masters project on the control of giant hogweed using both manual and chemical control methods and their effect on some basic plant biology.

Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is an invasive toxic weed in Ontario which may cause chemical burns. I’m currently looking for ‘field’ sites to conduct my research on, so I’m asking for your help. If you know of any sites with giant hogweed on them please let me know! This could be your own property, someone that you know (a neighbour for instance), or even a spot along a road, trail or water course.

What I need is the location and/or contact info of whose property the giant hogweed is infesting. Specifics would be appreciated in that regard. In terms of the sites, I’m looking for accessible locations that have in excess of 30 hogweed plants. Anything you know of would be much appreciated!

Thank you…Meghan Grguric

M.Sc. Candidate , Weed Science
Dept. of Plant Agriculture
mgrguric@uoguelph.ca
Phone: 1 (519) 824-4120 ext 58372
University of Guelph 50 Stone Road East Guelph, Ontario  N1G 2W1

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