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  • Nov 30 2015

    Georgian College Culinary Program Holiday Dinner to Go Kit – Order by December 18

    Why not relax this year and let Georgian College culinary students prepare your holiday meal? The menu includes:

    • Maple & Butternut Squash Soup and Fresh Baguette
    • Traditional Turkey with Stuffing - OR - Stuffed Pork Loin
    • Savory Pan Jus
    • Herb Roasted Harvest Potato
    • Roasted Root Vegetables
    • Bourbon Scented Cranberry Sauce
    • Meaford Apple Crumble

    Half Order (6 People) = $120 tax included
    Full Order (12 People) = $240 tax included


    For More Information Contact: Michael Desborough (519) 376-0840 Ext. 2007

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  • Nov 24 2015

    Mandate Letter to New Federal Minster of Agriculture and Agri-Food

    The mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to new Minster of Agriculture and Agri-Food includes the following directives and several others:
    • Invest in an Agri-Food Value Added Investment Fund to attract investment and create good jobs in food processing.  This will provide technical and marketing assistance to help food processors develop new value-added products that reflect changing tastes and market opportunities.
    • Develop a food policy that promotes healthy living and safe food by putting more healthy, high-quality food, produced by Canadian ranchers and farmers, on the tables of families across the country.
    • Work with provinces, territories, and other willing partners, to help the sector adjust to climate change and better address water and soil conservation and development issues.

    You can read the enire letter here:

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  • Nov 17 2015

    Greenbelt Fund Now Accepting Inquiries for Local Food Investment Fund

    The Greenbelt Fund is now accepting eligibility inquiries for the Local Food Investment Fund. Grant Guidelines are available on the Greenbelt website.

    Once again, projects will be considered for funding if they fall into the following categories:


    Project proposals will be judged against the following criteria: Economic Impact, Innovation, Systemic Change, Leadership, and Knowledge Transfer.

    Inquiries to assess eligibility will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Successful inquiries will be invited to submit a full proposal, which will be reviewed by our Board of Directors.



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  • Nov 16 2015

    Swamphaus Farm CSA Brings Community Gardens to Remote Northern Community

    Local CSA farmer Virgil (Steve) Vassallo of Swamphaus Farm CSA is embarking on a project to bring community gardens – and fresh food – to the remote North Caribou First Nations community.
     The community is home to between seven and eight hundred people – fluctuating constantly because of off-reserve employment opportunities and mandatory education laws, which require teenagers to leave the community to attend high school. The band identifies itself as Oji-Cree, and it is located 320 km north of Sioux Lookout – the nearest commercial hub with full services and amenities.

    The central aim of the Boreal Garden Project is simple:

    • Help the residents of North Caribou First Nation to create and sustain a large community garden to provide fresh food for residents
    • Activity-based therapy that connects people to the land and the healing opportunities it provides
    • Foster mentors who can become teachers for the next generations

    A Kickstarter campaign has been created to help support this project. You can find out more on the project page or on the Boreal Garden Project website.


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  • Nov 12 2015

    Ontario Young Farmers Forum (OYFF) in Toronto, Nov 22-23

    The Ontario Young Farmers Forum (OYFF) is back, Sunday November 22 and Monday November 23, 2015 at the International Plaza Hotel in Toronto. OYFF attracts some the brightest and most innovative young farmers (ages 18-40) from across the province for a 2-day forum in conjunction with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) annual meeting and convention.

    Some guest mentors this year include:
    •    Andrew Campbell, Fresh Air Farmer
    •    Kevin Stewart, AGVision Media
    •    Lyndsey Smith
    •    Farm and Food Care Ontario


    Email completed form attached to or mail along with cheque, payable to Junior Farmers’ Association of Ontario to: OYFF Registration c/o JFAO, 100 Stone Rd. W. Suite 206. Guelph, ON. N1G 5L3

    CONTACT: Amy Matheson - Coordinator/OYFF  519-870-6456  OR …read more »

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  • Nov 03 2015

    To Make a Farm Screening and Dinner at Hanover Launch Pad November 7

    LOCAL FOODIES NIGHT: Dinner & Documentary

    Featuring a delicious plant-based buffet including beverages and desserts and featuring Steve Suderman’s documentary: To Make a FarmFarmers featured in the documentary will be joining us for Q & A. Silent Auction also being held with proceeds going to Launch Pad.

    November 7, 2015 5pm – 7pm at the Launch Pad YATC – 612 10th St. Hanover, ON

    $20 per ticket.
    Tickets are advanced purchase only. Tickets can be purchased at The Food Doc or Launch Pad

    For more information please call The Food Doc 519-506-7979

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  • Nov 02 2015

    Save the Date for Upcoming Food & Farm Events: Bring Food Home, NFU Convention, EFAO Conference

    Mark your calendars and make plans to attend these great annual events in November and December:

    Bring Food Home - November 20-22, 2015
    Location: Sudbury

    National Farmers Union National Convention - November 26-28, 2015

    Location: London

    Ecological Farmers of Ontario Conference - December 3-5, 2015

    Location: London

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  • Oct 30 2015

    Growing Forward 2 – Fall Application Intake Added

    A Growing Forward 2 (GF2) new application intake has been added this fall from October 22 to November 5 for Ontario farmers seeking funding for their winter projects.

    There are numerous improvements that can be made indoors including installing on-farm processing facilities, upgrading barns for animal health and welfare reasons, and upgrading greenhouse water systems. Physical improvements are funded at 35 per cent cost-share.   Winter is also ideal for developing skills, conducting on-farm audits and assessments and planning for the future. These types of projects are funded at 50 per cent cost-share.

    Approvals for applications received during this intake would go out in early January, giving producers more time to complete projects before March 31, 2016. Producers can apply for multi-year projects provided the initial project costs are incurred before March 31, 2016.

    The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) administers the GF2 program on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and is encouraging producers to apply for cost-share.

    Application intake dates for producers in 2015-2016 are: • October 22 to November 5, 2015 • November 16 to December 3, 2015

    GF2 program guidelines, workshop locations and registrations and additional information is available at

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  • Oct 29 2015

    Ontario Grain Farmers Lose Court Case Against Neonicotinoid Restriction

    Excerpted from the Globe & Mail article by Eric Atkins:

    The Grain Farmers of Ontario has lost a court battle against the Ontario government’s restrictions on a class of pesticide linked to the decline in pollinators.

    The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has rejected arguments of the group that speaks for 28,000 growers that the 2017 ban on planting corn and soybean treated with neonicotinoid insecticides was unworkable and would make crops prone to destruction by hungry pests.

    “[A]ny claims of loss by the farmers is purely speculative at this stage. By contrast, there is a public interest aspect to ensuring the control of use of neonicotinoid-treated seeds to ensure that pollinators are not at risk,” wrote Judge Sunhail Akhtar, who heard the matter in September and issued his reasons on Oct. 23.

    Follow the link above to read the full article.

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  • Oct 29 2015

    7th Annual OCTA Summit in Toronto on November 9th

    The folks at the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance are gearing up for the 7th Annual Ontario Food Tourism Summit in Toronto, once again in partnership with the Ontario Tourism Summit. It’s a half day of inspiring sessions led by industry leaders from across North America all centered around food & tourism development.

    “Every year, we scour the globe to find innovative speakers doing really interesting things in food tourism and beyond. Our hopes is that they inspire us to build, grow and evolve food tourism in Ontario.”

    See the full list of presenters on the OCTA website.

    Tickets are $125.00+HST and including breakfast & lunch.

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