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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

Niagara College Opens Canada’s First Teaching Distillery as Craft Distilling in Ontario Grows

Monday, October 22, 2018

Niagara College has opened Canada’s first Teaching Distillery at their Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, and the first batch of students have now begun the Artisan Distilling Graduate Certificate Program. The state-of-the-art 2,500 square-foot Teaching Distillery is adjacent to the college’s celebrated Wine Visitor + Education Centre. “The Artisan Distilling program follows...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

‘Before the Plate’ screening in Hamilton

Monday, October 22, 2018

As part of the City of Hamilton’s inaugural Food Literacy Month, the Public Health CDP RDs and the Hamilton Food Advisory Committee are hosting a community screening of Before the Plate on Friday, October 26, at 7 p.m. at The Zoetic (526 Concession Street, Hamilton ON). Before the Plate is...read more

Greenbelt Foundation Launches ‘In a Changing Climate’ Series

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Greenbelt Foundation is launching a series of articles exploring how climate change is impacting the region and the people who live here, and how residents can take action. CEO of the Greenbelt Foundation, Edward McDonnell, shared some of his thoughts on the Greenbelt website: “The entire Greater Golden...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