Search Local Food


    Archive for the ‘Announcements/News’ Category

    News RSS
  • Sep 20 2016

    Genesis Food Labelling Software Training at Georgian College in October

    Food Labelling – Genesis Software
    training helps you create nutritional labels to help get your food product to more markets. There are 5 training sessions being offered at Georgian College campuses this fall including Owen Sound on October 17th and South Georgian Bay (Collingwood) on October 24th.

    See attached Genesis Food Label Workshop Series info sheet for details.

    Please contact Wanda Moosang at 705.728.1968 ext. 1605 or for more information and to register.

    Category: Announcements/News

  • Sep 19 2016

    2016-17 Excellence Award for Agricultural Students is now Open!

    Farm Management Canada (FMC) and the Canadian Association of Diploma in Agriculture Programs (CADAP) are proud to announce the launch of the 2016-17 Excellence Award for Agricultural Students
    , designed to encourage students to improve their critical thinking, communication and leadership skills through a national competition.

    How to Apply:  FMC and CADAP are collecting submissions from agricultural students across Canada and will award three winners with scholarships towards furthering their education in agriculture. First place stands to win $1,500! The award is designed to help students develop their communication skills by having the opportunity to voice their opinion on a subject related to farm management.

    Students are asked to submit a multimedia presentation, a video, a Twitter chat, a blog or a Wiki, responding to the following question:
    Certain segments of the general public question the way food is produced, and have misgivings about the use of new technology. What concrete steps would you, as a future member of the agricultural industry, propose to bridge the information and awareness gap?

    To take part in the competition, for details on how to enter, or to apply:
    *All applications must be received no later than May 5th, 2017.

    For more information, contact:
    Mathieu Lipari, Program Manager, Farm Management Canada
    1-888-232-3262 ext. 24 or

    Category: Announcements/News

  • Sep 12 2016

    Georgian College Lunches are Back in Owen Sound! PLUS Thanksgiving-To-Go


    September 15th & 16th, 2016 - 12-1pm

    Purée of Yukon Gold Potato Soup with Roasted Peanuts & Fresh Bread
    Iceberg Lettuce with Orange and Green Peppercorn Vinaigrette
    Roasted Pork Tenderloin stuffed with Apples and Prunes
    Chocolate Blueberry Reduction Cheddar Cheese Crusted Polenta Dill Carrots and Sugar Snap Peas
    In-house made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce and Locally Roasted Civil Kat Coffee

    $12.00 taxes included *A selection of beer and wine is also available at our cash bar*
    The Georgian Dining Room is a practical learning experience for the Culinary Management, Culinary Skills and Cook Apprenticeship students. The Culinary faculty, staff and students wish to thank you for your continued support. Reservations: 519-376-0840 ext.2007 or


    Stressed about cooking Thanksgiving dinner? Let us cook it for you! Our always popular THANKSGIVING TO GO kit is back! See order form attached. Everything you need for your holiday dinner without the hassle of buying groceries and the cooking is already done! (Click the link above for full menu and pricing).

    Questions? Call Michael Desborough at 519-376-0840 Ext. 2007 or email:


    Category: Announcements/News

  • Aug 26 2016

    Two Deliveries of “Starting a Food Business” Course – Barrie Sept 15 & Collingwood Sept 26

    Thinking about starting a food business? A new three-hour course from Georgian College will take your through the questions you should be asking yourself before you jump in. There are two deliveries planned:

    September 15 - Starting a Food Business – Barrie

    September 26 - Starting a Food Business – Collingwood

    Click the links above to see full details.

    Category: Announcements/News

  • Aug 24 2016

    Transition Smart – Farmers to Processors workshop coming to Owen Sound in November

    Transition Smart – Farmers to Processors
     is an innovative two-day workshop for farmers developed by the Agri-food Management Institute (AMI) in strategic partnership with Georgian College.

    Transition Smart is a streamlined introduction to everything farmers need to know in order to move from growing and raising food to producing value-added products on farm. Subjects covered include operational planning, marketing, product development, pricing, distribution and sales. This detailed workshop will deliver tools that can be implemented immediately and identify feasible opportunities to add income and diversity to your farming business.

    Transition Smart will be delivered at the Owen Sound campus of Georgian College on November 19th and 20th.  PRICE: $129 plus HST.

    Space is limited, visit or call 705.728.1968 ext. 1605 for more information and to register.

    Grey County is pleased to support local delivery of this program.

    Category: Announcements/News

  • Aug 18 2016

    $75,000 Trillium Fund Grant Supports Ecological Farmers to Research and Innovate

    Excerpted from an EFAO MEDIA RELEASE – August 17, 2016

    St. Agatha – On Wednesday, Angie Koch of Fertile Ground CSA on behalf of Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO), welcomed members of the public to a farm tour and plaque presentation to mark the launch of Ontario’s first Farmer-led Research Program. Local MPP Michael Harris and OTF Grant Review Team member Logan Walsh were on hand to congratulate the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario and the farmer researchers conducting research trials this summer, and to hear more about how farmer-led research is a powerful decision-making
    tool that helps farmers innovate in the area of ecological agriculture.

    Thanks to the $75,000 Seed Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Farmer-led Research Program is supporting Ontario farmers to conduct research trials that address their challenges and fit their farm and equipment. In addition, the program hosts free webinars, supports farmer-to-farmer information sharing and is building a publicly available online database of farmers’ knowledge about ecological farming practices in Ontario.

    EFAO’s Farmer-led Research Program is committed to supporting farmers to generate and share evidence-based information about ecological farming practices and archiving farmer knowledge throughout the year. If you wish to enquire about participating in the Farmer-led Research Program or learn more about Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario, please visit the website at:

    For more information, please contact: Sarah Hargreaves, Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario
    226-582-0626 (cell),

    Category: Announcements/News

  • Aug 17 2016

    Results of Study into Public Trust in Canada’s Food System

    The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (a division of Farm and Food Care) completed an initiative to research how Canadian consumers view our food system. Research was conducted with a particular focus on “insights from moms, millennials and foodies”.

    Results suggest that Canadians have somewhat polarized views about many aspect of the food system when polled on questions about affordability, food safety, and related issues ranging from healthcare to energy costs, animal welfare to environmental concerns.  However, many others are uninformed or ambivalent about the food system. While opinions are strongly held by some, the study found that actual knowledge of the food system is generally low.

    Results from this research could help shape how ideas about farming, food and healthy eating are communicated to the public.  A summary report can be found here.


    Category: Announcements/News

  • Aug 17 2016

    Nominate a Soil Champion by September 1st to Celebrate Soil Health

    Nominate a deserving farmer for the OSCIA Soil Champion Award!

    To be eligible for the Soil Champion Award, an individual must be a resident of Ontario or have contributed to soil management in a way that directly influences improved soil health and crop production sustainability in Ontario.

    Sustainable soil management practices may be defined as those that:
    •Make the most efficient use of nutrients
    •Support systems with no net loss of organic matter and soil aggregate ability
    •Build the population and diversity of soil organisms
    •Effectively manages surface water to support reduced tillage systems

    Completed forms and supporting material can be sent to

    Deadline for all nominations and supporting documents is September 1, 2016.


    Category: Announcements/News

  • Aug 05 2016

    Apply Now: Round 3 Greenbelt Fund Grant Applications due September 13

    From the Greenbelt website:

    The Local Food Investment Fund is dedicated to getting more locally grown food onto the plates of Ontarians. The Greenbelt Fund is now accepting applications for Round 3, and we encourage you to apply for a grant to help your business or organization be a leader in championing Ontario food.

    There are three grant streams available for funding:

    1) Broader Public Sector – Increasing local food purchases by public sector organizations and institutions.
    2) Market Access – Increasing access of small and mid-sized farms and processors to markets
    3) Local Food Literacy – Improving understanding of where local food can be found, what local foods are available, and how to use Ontario-grown and raised food

    The deadline for applications is September 13, 2016 at 5pm. Visit to get started.


    Category: Announcements/News

  • Aug 04 2016

    Soil Health Day 2016 – August 27th in Erin, ON – CANCELLED


    Erin, Ontario – Come hear trail-blazing growers Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens! The afternoon will include interactive discussions with other innovators.

    Innovate! Participate! Regenerate!  Afternoon knowledge exchange in break out sessions on:
    • Horticultural Cropping Systems with Ken Laing
    • Conventional Field Crop Systems with Wayne Cunningham
    • Organic No-till Trials with Ruth Knight
    • Grazing management practices with veterinarian Rob Swackhammer and John Rowe
    … a great opportunity to be informed and inspired by others as well as sharing what you have going on at your farm and what you are thinking of trying.

    Contact Ruth (cell: 519 357 5224) or

    Category: Announcements/News