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Successful collaboration underway to support York Region’s Agri-Food Sector

Monday, November 26, 2018

York Region has long recognized the importance of agriculture, with many of their high-level strategic plans and policy documents – the Region’s Official Plan, Strategic Plan, Vision 2051, and Economic Development Action Plan – all touching on their commitment to the sustainability and viability of the agri-food sector. York...read more

Leading Food & Beverage Products to Grocery Store Shelves

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Earlier this year, Niagara and Hamilton’s Economic Development Departments and partners collaborated with Whole Foods to connect food and beverage processors in the area with the tools and knowledge needed to get into grocery stores. More than 100 people attended the event, Raise the Barcode: Get your Product on...read more

An Online Resource for Specialty Crop Growers

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Have you checked out the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) resource for Specialty Crop Growers? Specialty Cropportunities assists growers transitioning to production of new, specialty or non-traditional crops, providing a general overview of production information on a variety of specialty crops. “OMAFRA field staff receive...read more

Fair Finance Fund launches online investor survey

Monday, October 22, 2018

As you may know, the Local Food and Farm Co-ops is launching the Fair Finance Fund this year to provide loans to local food and farm enterprises. The Fund is raising capital through the issuance of community bonds, and has launched a retail investor survey to gauge interest on this investment...read more

HCDSB withdraws plans to expropriate portion of Milton family farm

Thursday, September 27, 2018

With finite resources and growing populations, comes a number of challenges. Land, particularly farmland, is one of the vital resources often caught up in these challenges, as urban sprawl continues and communities try to accommodate for their growing populations. The McCann family, and their 200-acre farm in Milton, know...read more

37th Annual Halton Farm & Food Tour Explores Four Corners of Halton

Monday, September 24, 2018

Last week, the 37th Annual Halton Farm & Food Tour explored the four corners of Halton, showcasing the great diversity—and impact—of agricultural operations that are part of the fabric of Halton Region. The annual tour, organized by the Halton Agricultural Advisory Committee, serves as a unique educational opportunity for...read more