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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

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  • 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.

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  • 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:


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  • 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 

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  • Jan 07 2016

    Take the Pulse Pledge and celebrate the United Nations International Year of Pulses in 2016

    Eaters can participate in the United Nations International Year of Pulses by taking the Pulse Pledge.

    From the UN website: The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP). The IYP 2016 aims to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition. The Year will create a unique opportunity to encourage connections throughout the food chain that would better utilize pulse-based proteins, further global production of pulses, better utilize crop rotations and address the challenges in the trade of pulses.

    The website invites people to: Commit to eating pulses once a week for 10 weeks and join a global food movement! Eating dry peas, lentils, beans and chickpeas helps reduce your carbon footprint – and it’s great for your health. Every 1/2 cup of cooked pulses delivers 9 grams of protein. Get rewarded for eating these miraculous superfoods. Sign up for recipes, inspiration and the chance to win great prizes along the way.


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  • Dec 23 2015

    50th Annual Grey Bruce Farmer’s Week – January 6th through 12th, 2016

    In 2016, Grey Bruce Farmer’s Week celebrates 50 years! It is a 7 day Agricultural Conference packed with a most impressive and informative line-up of speakers!

    The coordinators for this event, Grey County Ag Services, in conjunction with agricultural commodity leaders from Grey and Bruce Counties, have attempted to feature at least one high profile speaker for each day, targeting the issues and challenges facing the farming community today. Each day a GBFW commemorative 50th Anniversary video will be shared before lunch. Audience members will enjoy a celebratory cake each afternoon.

    As always, exciting panels have been developed for 2016. These panels include:

    • Jan 6th – Beef Day, producers, including two young beef producers, and the Beef Program Lead from OMAFRA will review Future of the Beef Industry.
    • Jan 7th – Dairy Day, two producers will share their perspective on High Lifetime Production Herds.
    • Jan 8th – Goat Day, we have asked goat milk processors, a broker, and Ontario Goat to discuss the Future of The Goat Industry (milk and meat).
    • Jan 9th – On Sheep Day, three sheep producers, and a rep from Ontario Lamb Company, will discuss Marketing for More Profit.
    • Jan 10th – Horse Day,  guests will deliver an abundance of practical tips and information about various disciplines.
    • Jan 11 – On Ecological Day, three producers will provide their perspective on Equipment, Tools, Techniques & Tips.
    • Jan 12th – Crops Day, two producers, and the Soil Management Specialist from OMAFRA will review Cover Crops in Grey Bruce.


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  • Dec 21 2015

    CRAFT Organic Farm Internships for 2016 – 5 in Grey County, 1 in Bruce

    Six ecological farms in Grey and Bruce are offering on-farm learning opportunities for 2016. 

    If you’re ready for a full, hands-on experience that will immerse you in ecological farming, CRAFT Ontario is your gateway to a farming internship experience that will change your life. Whether your dream is to have your own organic farm one day or you just want to learn some food-growing skills that can be applied in other parts of your life, a farming internship is a powerful experience that will equip you with the tools and insights to make a real difference in the world.

    Each CRAFT farm operates independently and offers its own internship with individualized agreements around such things as living and eating arrangements, stipends, work hours, and training methods. For more details see the farm links below and contact individual farms directly to apply or ask further questions.

    See the full list of farms on the CRAFT website

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  • Dec 17 2015

    REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: Food Entrepreneurs: Building Ontario Innovation One Product at a Time.

    Georgian College, in partnership with the Agri-food Management Institute (AMI) and local municipalities and economic development partners, the County of Simcoe, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, are proud to present the inaugural all-Ontario conference: Food Entrepreneurs Building Ontario Innovation One Product at a Time.

    Day 1:                  Pre-conference seminars: Thursday, March 3, 2016
    Time:                   1 to 3 p.m.: Introduction to Food Safety Regulations
    3:15 to 5 p.m.: Introduction to Nutrition Labelling
    Location:           Kempenfelt Conference Centre: 3722 Fairway Rd., Innisfil, ON L9S 1A5
    Price:                   From $50 (workshops only) to $260 (with accommodation + meals)

    Day 2:                All-day conference: Friday, March 4, 2016
    Time:                   8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Location:           Georgian College Barrie Campus: One Georgian Dr., Barrie, ON L4M 3X9
    Price:                   $55 (incl. HST)

    This two-day event includes panel discussions by successful food entrepreneurs and industry experts on topics such as innovation, human resource management, food safety culture, overseeing and executing strategy, product idea viability, collaborating for growth, and more.

    Register now at or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1774.

    Please share the attached e-flyer with anyone who is, or who wants to be, involved in the food production industry.

    Sponsorship opportunities are alsoavailable. Please contact for more information.


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  • Dec 08 2015

    Sustain Ontario Toolkit for Municipalities – Local Sustainable Food Procurement

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    Sustain Ontario is proud to announce that a newly developed toolkit on local sustainable food procurement is now available online.

    The toolkit is geared towards Ontario municipalities and BPS institutions looking to initiate sustainable procurement policies and programs in their regions. By providing examples of policy language and analyzing perceived barriers to local sustainable food procurement (specifically policy and trade agreements), this toolkit equips good food advocates, industry stakeholders, and civil servants with facts and case studies to demonstrate the potential for effective, compliant procurement practices that invest in local sustainable food. In addition, we have compiled an accompanying workbook to provide useful documents to support action-planning!

    Go to this Sustain Ontario blog post to access the toolkit, accompanying workbook, and a link to a short feedback form for comments.

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  • Dec 07 2015

    Transition Smart – Farmers to Processors Workshop – Feb. 20 & 27 and March 12 & 13, 2016 – Register NOW!

    Georgian College and the Agri-Food Management Institute have partnered to create a brand-new 2-day workshop for farmers hoping to become food entrepreneurs.

    Transition Smart  – Farmers to Processors workshop gives primary producers the tools they need to develop value-add activities and products. Topics include operational planning, product development, pricing, marketing, distribution and more.

    Full details are on the Georgian College website.

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