Jan 20 2017
Dear Farmer, Producer, and Business Owner,
The Foodlink Grey Bruce website was developed eight years ago as an online platform as part of the Grey Bruce Local Food partnership between Grey and Bruce Counties. This portal was used by Bruce County and Grey County staff as a communication tool to promote local food initiatives and events in Bruce and Grey Counties and also used amongst our local farmers, restauranteurs and producers. Website content was further enhanced through a partnership with the Grey Bruce Agriculture and Culinary Association.
Over the past two years’ parts of the website have become static; many business listings are out of date and there is a decrease in visitation. It is evident that the website is no longer meeting the goals and objectives that were set out for its creation. Through conversations with Grey Bruce Agriculture Culinary Association, Bruce County and Grey County, it has been determined that the Foodlink Grey Bruce Web Platform should be deactivated.
On Friday, January 27, the Foodlink Grey Bruce website will be de-commissioned. Bruce County and Grey County staff will make arrangements to move the database offline.
Both Grey County and Bruce County are committed to supporting the success of our farm and food businesses. Although the site will be deactivated, we will retain all the relevant information and integrate it into our existing websites as appropriate.
Grey County and Bruce County will continue to communicate directly with our respective stakeholders through newsletters and other means, and to our visitors and residents through our tourism websites, marketing campaigns and social media channels.
We encourage you to consider membership in the Grey Bruce Agriculture & Culinary Association (GBACA) http://www.greybruceaca.com. The GBACA continues to market local food throughout the region. We also encourage you to consider listings on other sites dedicated to finding local food and creating business-to-business opportunities including:
- Greenbelt / Ontario Fresh https://ontariofresh.ca
- Harvest Ontario http://www.harvestontario.com
- Ontario Farm Fresh http://ontariofarmfresh.com
- Ontario CSA directory http://csafarms.ca
- Farmers’ Markets Ontario http://www.farmersmarketsontario.com
If you have any questions, please contact Philly Markowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org or Vicki Ly at email@example.com.
Thanks for your efforts on the Foodlink Grey Bruce website. It has been our pleasure serving you. We look forward to continuing to work with you in the coming years.
Jan 10 2017
GREY COUNTY WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU! In January and February 2017, Grey County will conduct stakeholder consultations to develop a Local Food Strategic Plan. The strategic plan will provide insights into the structure, impacts, and benefits within the local food value chain in Grey County. By better understanding the impacts of local food, we can identify priority projects, identify gaps and opportunities and create an evidence-based action plan.
FIRST STAKEHOLDER SESSION:
Wednesday, January 18 (or January 19, snow day), 7-9pm
Flesherton Kinplex, 2 Highland Dr, Flesherton, ON
The Made in Grey Economic Development Strategy will identify local food projects and opportunities which need to be considered to determine their value. Projects might include:
- cluster development and support
- feasibility research into food hub development
- creation of a brand for Grey County products
- closer alignment with tourism initiatives
We’ll map our community partner organizations and define the relationships they have with the County and each other. Our aim is to maximize resources, eliminate duplication of effort, and encourage inter-group co-operation. The County believes we can have an active role as the focal point for many groups and the projects they wish to undertake to achieve their goals.
The second stakeholder session will take place at the Quality Inn, Owen Sound on February 13 (snow date February 15).
To sign up and for more information: Philly Markowitz, Economic Development Officer, Local Food 519-376-3365 ext. 6125 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan 03 2017
CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) is an informal, member-driven network of farmers that offer internships on their organic and ecological farms. CRAFT member farms offer internships that provide hands-on learning experiences where interns gain practical skills, while learning about themselves in the process.
The following farms in Grey County are offering internships in 2017:
Cedar Down Farm – Cedar Down Farm offers a positive and challenging internship position for an individual who is keen to learn how to market garden through hands-on experience. 185 summer and 100 winter CSA shares. We provide an intensive work-to-learn experience that will get you familiar with all aspects of running an organic vegetable farm, from planning to field work to customer service.
Kolapore Gardens – A biologically intensive market garden producing top quality, nutrient dense vegetables and herbs for the local
communities. We are located next to a provincial park and plenty of wild forests and creeks. Summer & winter CSA, plus markets. Can share knowledge on crop rotation, business planning & soil care among other skills.
Marvellous Edibles Farm – We are looking for interns who share our philosophy of accessible and affordable food and who will be involved in every aspect of our farming operation, from seed starting, planting out, irrigation, weeding, harvesting, post harvest care, marketing and preserving the excess harvest. For those interested we are happy to mentor the business side of farming, and what it takes to own and run a small farm without having to work out of the farm.
Persephone Market Garden – 100 acre farm on the Bruce Peninsula. Market garden is 1.5 acres in size and supplies our 50+ member CSA, as well as sales to restaurants and Eat Local Grey Bruce (Thorsten is general manager). We practice intensive crop rotation and intercropping. Our fertility management is based on integration with livestock (sheep and laying hens) and cover crops. We have small children and they are out in the garden with me (Kristine, the farmer).
Saugeen River CSA – Saugeen River CSA is an 80 acre Biodynamic farm. Six acre garden powered mostly by draft horses, for CSA and Market. Small herd of Highland cattle, pigs, chickens, ducks and a good time for all!
CRAFT is a collaboration of organic and biodynamic farms whose aim is to provide opportunities for individuals to learn about ecological agricultural production through an internship experience. Each CRAFT farm offers their own education model in conjunction with monthly CRAFT field days.
See contact info and the full list of available internships here.
Dec 21 2016
Simcoe County and Grey County are pleased to present a series of workshops for food businesses in winter of 2017. We’ve found food industry experts who will help you expand your market in Ontario in a number of ways.
FOOD ENTREPRENEURSHIP SPEAKERS SERIES:
- Honing Your Sales Pitch and Presentation Workshop Peter A. Murphy, Murphy’s Food Sales and Marketing, Wednesday, January 25, 2017 ~ 6 – 10 p.m.
- Straight from the Expert: What Are Grocers Looking for in Your Pitch? Giancarlo Trimarchi, Vince’s Market, Wednesday, February 1, 2017 ~ 7 – 9 p.m.
- Business to Business Sales Richard Baker, Food Distribution Guy, Wednesday, February 22, 2017 ~ 7 – 10 p.m.
- Agri-Tourism: Are You Ready for Visitors? Kim Clark, BruceGreySimcoe, Wednesday, March 8, 2017 ~ 7 – 9 p.m.
SIMCOE STREET THEATRE ~ 65 SIMCOE STREET, COLLINGWOOD – Space is limited!
See Food Entrepreneurship Speakers Series 2017 poster here.
For registration and more details about the events: edo.simcoe.ca or www.investingrey.ca 705-729-9300 ext. 1429 or email email@example.com
NOTE: We will also bring market-ready businesses face-to-face with regional buyers at a day-long networking event in Thornbury in March, details to follow.
Dec 16 2016
New Board Members Needed Immediately
From Nathan Swartz, HFAN Chair – firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2016 AGM has been cancelled due to a lack of interest. This also puts us in the awkward situation of having an insufficient board for yet another year. On top of this HFAN no longer has an employee to coordinate activities which means an highly motivated board will be absolutely necessary for HFAN to continue.
We currently only have two board members, which is insufficient to operate HFAN.
If we cannot find 4 more board members who are willing to commit to attending monthly board meetings as well as working on projects we will be forced to dissolve HFAN, pay off any debts, and distribute remaining funds to the Huron County Chef League and the Huron County Drink Group to increase local food sustainability.
If you have an interest in serving on the board, are willing to commit to a monthly meeting as well as taking on at least one other project let us know by December 30th, 2016. If we have not received 4 offers to serve on the board by that time we will move forward with the dissolution of HFAN.
Thank you for all of your support over the years.
Dec 08 2016
“Canadians can expect to pay 3-5 per cent more for food in 2017, an increase of as much as $420 for an average family. That’s the conclusion of the seventh edition of Canada’s Food Price Report [...] Built on the expertise of authors and advisors from four different Dal faculties — Management, Computer Science, Science and Agriculture — the Food Price Report is led by Sylvain Charlebois, dean of the Faculty of Management. The popular annual report forecasts food prices for the upcoming year across different sectors and analyzes trends in Canada’s food industries.”
An increase of 3-5% is more than double the price of inflation.
Since much of this increase is linked to the falling Canadian dollar affecting import prices, we recommend you buy more local and Ontario produce in 2017 to both offset price increases related to the dollar and support the local economy.
Dec 06 2016
The Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce chapter has won a $100,000 grand prize which will allow their ambitious 3-year Food Forest project plan to be achieved in just one year. The Food Forest was picked as one of 13 grand prize winners from over 450 contest entries (and 30 short-listed projects), thanks in part to exceptional community support during the online voting process.
The Food Forest is being built in downtown Owen Sound, and features include:
- An Edible Labyrinth
- A fruit and nut orchard
- An outdoor classroom
- Raised Gardening beds
- Living Walls – Growing Herbs, and Strawberries
- Raspberry and Blueberry Bushes
- Elderberry and Shrub Cherry Bushes
- Bee-friendly plants and flowers as well as bee hives.
- It will have accessible components for those with mobility issues.
You can find a detailed description of the Food Forest project on the Aviva Community Fund website.
Dec 06 2016
The sharing economy is coming to local food distribution!
Freshspoke is an app-based marketplace for local food. It’s designed to grow sales and simplify order, payment and delivery for local food producers and wholesale buyers.
FreshSpoke has already created a buzz in Simcoe and Grey County since launching in September. Now this innovative food distribution and marketing platform is expanding across Ontario with a web app and a soon to be released mobile app – the mobile app has been developed and will appear on iTunes and Google within days. If you’re a local food producer, here’s your opportunity to reach a growing market of wholesale buyers.
Find out about how FreshSpoke can work for you by attending a free 1-hour webinar with FreshSpoke Co-founder, Marcia Woods.
SCHEDULED DATES & TIMES
- Wednesday, December 7th from 10 to 11 am
- Thursday, December 15th from 7 to 8 pm
You can see an FAQ and REGISTER HERE, click on the poster image below for more.
Dec 05 2016
Health Canada is revising Canada’s Food Guide to reflect new evidence and meet the needs of various audiences. To help us do this, we want to hear from you. Your input will be used to:
- identify ways to effectively communicate nutrition information to Canadians
- develop healthy eating recommendations and policies
- better understand different audiences’ use of healthy eating recommendations
Through Canada’s Food Guide, Health Canada provides practical healthy eating recommendations based on complex and scientifically-based nutrition information to help you make food choices. Your input is needed because we’ve found that:
- the current format of Canada’s Food Guide isn’t meeting the needs of all audiences.
- some users of Canada’s Food Guide have difficulty understanding and applying some of the recommendations
Participate in the survey here by December 8th.
Nov 30 2016
GIVE LOCAL FOOD!
Fill up some gift baskets with delicious locally grown and made foods. There are lots of options available in Grey County. You can get beautiful gift baskets pre-made or custom-made from the following stores:
- Black Angus Fine Meats & Game
- The Cheese Gallery
- Leslieville Cheese North
- The Milk Maid Fine Cheese and Gourmet Food
Or pick up a selection of products from local producers at these holiday markets and make your own:
- Owen Sound Farmer’s Market, every Saturday
- Meaford Christmas Market, Friday December 10
- Annual Christmas Market at Eigensinn Farm, Sunday December 18
You can also inspire family, friends (or yourself) to cook with delicious local foods year round from the Come to Our Table – South Georgian Bay Community Cookbook.