May 26 2016
The next three weeks are a celebration of food and drink across Ontario with Craft Cider Week, Local Food Week and Ontario Craft Beer Week all running consecutively! For more information about events and activities, you can visit the following websites:
May 24 2016
There’s time to pick up a variety or organic and heirloom plants and seeds on Sunday, May 29 at the Barn’s Co-op’s Fourth Annual Seedy Sunday.
*Seeds, Seedlings and Plants for sale (brought to you by Kolapore Gardens, Fairmont Fields, Wold River Farms, Fiddlehead Nurseries and Meaford Community Gardens)
*Amazing Compost from Sunrise Organics
*BBQ: Organic Grass Fed Beef Burgers & Portobello Burgers
*Kids planting activities
*Live Music with The Honey Brothers (Jayden Grahlman, Drew McIvor & Jay Stiles)
*Hula Hooping with Sam from Revolve
*Drumming with Bam!
*Organic Ice Cream Cones
The Barn Co-operative: 121 Old Highway 26, Meaford, ON
May 02 2016
The deadline to apply for the Excellence Award for Ag Students is just 5 days away!
Farm Management Canada (FMC) and the Canadian Association of Diploma in Agriculture Programs (CADAP) are proud to be part of the 2015-16 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: What top 3 priorities should Canada’s agricultural industry focus on in order to be a leading agricultural body going forward? How will you, as a new graduate, positively contribute to these priorities?
To take part in the competition, please apply on the FMC Website: www.fmc-gac.com
*All applications must be received no later than May 6th, 2016.
Contact: Mathieu Lipari
Program Manager, Farm Management Canada
613-237-9060 ext. 24 or 1-888-232-3262 ext. 24
May 02 2016
SUNDAY, JUNE 26 2016: COMMUNITY LONGTABLE
Blue Mountains most compelling and ambitious al fresco community dining experience. Ever!
Set in a striking outdoor setting, where the Beaver River meets Georgian Bay, some of the areas finest chefs craft an exclusive menu that showcase exquisite farm-to-table dishes showcasing the best our area has to offer. Join us at the 200-foot communal table — sit wherever there is room! You may not know the folks beside you, but you will become acquainted within 10 minutes.
This inaugural event celebrates the launch of the South Georgian Bay Community Cookbook and features chefs, producers and recipes from the book.
ACT FAST: Half the tickets are sold!
Photo: Heather Goldsworthy
Apr 26 2016
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.
PLEASE REGISTER BY RETURN EMAIL to firstname.lastname@example.org
Apr 18 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
Apr 18 2016
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.
- 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 email@example.com
Mar 31 2016
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
Phone: 1 (519) 824-4120 ext 58372
University of Guelph 50 Stone Road East Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1
Mar 30 2016
Apply now for a 2016 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence!
The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program supports and recognizes the dedication, hard work and innovation of local agri-food businesses and individuals who are adding value to existing products, helping create jobs and contributing to economic growth.
Submit your application by 5:00 p.m. on April 15, 2016 to be eligible for a chance to win one of the following awards:
- Premier’s Award – one $75,000 award available
- Minister’s Award – one $50,000 award available
- Leaders in Innovation Award – three $25,000 awards available
- Provincial award – 45 $5,000 awards available
- Program applications are reviewed by two independent panels consisting of agri-food industry representatives from across the province.
Review the application checklist to ensure you have completed all steps correctly. For more information about the awards and the application process, please review the program guidebook.
If you have any questions or would like a hard copy of the application form, please contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mar 29 2016
The Food Security Action Group (FSAG) wants to connect with community organizations, programs and food businesses throughout Bruce and Grey Counties that are working towards and/or is interested in building a food-secure Grey Bruce.
The FSAG seeks to identify sustainable best practices and community-based food security initiatives across Bruce and Grey Counties. In doing so, the FSAG is striving to help increase access to local foods, reduce food waste, and enhance local economic development. The FSAG is also creating an inventory of food-related assets in Bruce and Grey Counties, such as dry and cold storage, inspected kitchens, etc., as well as facilities that are functioning like a or are an emerging community food hub.
Please fill-out this short survey for food businesses, which should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete:
Feel free to contact Jaden Calvert at email@example.com if you have any questions about the survey, the FSAG and/or its mission.
The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, April 1st at 4:30pm. After this deadline, the FSAG will follow-up with those who completed to survey about next steps. The Food Security Action Group thanks you for all that you are doing to build a food-secure and healthy Grey Bruce!