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Demand still hot for local farm boxes, say growers

CBC News / Giacomo Panico / 10 March 2021

Local growers say they’re anticipating even more demand for their products this season, as the pandemic continues to influence people’s buying and eating habits.

Mel Foster, co-owner of Foster Family Farm in the rural Ottawa community of North Gower, said people are already eager to pre-order his produce.

“We started getting calls for our 2021 season right after our 2020 season ended,” said Foster.

Like many small farms, Foster Family Farm sells community supported agriculture (CSA) boxes, which gives customers a weekly or bi-weekly shipment of freshly-picked produce.

[ FULL ARTICLE ]  [ TB Local Food Directory: CSAs ]

Deep Roots Food Hub and its off-grid root cellar

Art Hunter / 25 November 2020

Food Security is a major concern in Canada and globally. This presentation describes the research and development project directed at low cost food preservation over a long and cold Canadian winter and located in Carp, Ontario.

Local creamery goes back to basics

Recorder & Times / Heddy Sorour / 30 January 2021

He’s the visionary; she’s the facilitator who helps get things done, she says.

Ellen and Josh Biemond are the brains and the brawn behind Biemond Upper Canada Creamery, a small dairy production and processing business in Iroquois that has taken North Grenville by storm.

“It’s organic, grass fed and local and it’s good value,” said Jim Beveridge, owner of B&H Your Community Grocer in Kemptville, the first retailer to carry Upper Canada Creamery products. “We actually do quite well with their products; they have a loyal following.”

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EOAFN hopes to create partnership with SDG

Recorder & Times / Francis Racine / 23 December 2020

The Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network (EOAFN) is hoping a partnership can be struck with the United Counties of SDG.

EOAFN executive director Tom Manley asked council on Monday to consider a three-year partnership with the organization. The partnership would entail SDG providing the network with a proposed $25,000 a year. The EOAFN strives to promote small-scale agriculture, artisan food processing, agri-tourism, and local food consumption.

The requested amount, coupled with funds the network hopes to receive from neighbouring municipalities such as Prescott-Russell and the City of Cornwall, as well as members, sponsors and stakeholders, would be enough for the EOAFN to have a $150,000 annual core funding.

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From feast to famine

Queen's Alumni Review / Andrew Stokes / 2020 Issue #3

This past February, Paul Sawtell (Artsci’02) offered me a tour of the low-slung warehouse in North York that holds his business, 100km Foods. As we walked, he talked about the pride he felt moving into the space. How when he started the enterprise with his wife, Grace Mandarano, he couldn’t have dreamed of being big enough to need its more than 8,000 square feet.

Back in 2008, they’d started 100km Foods to link the farms of the Ontario Greenbelt to the restaurants and stores that wanted local seasonal food. Now, after 12 years of growth in fits and starts, they were on strong footing. They had hundreds of clients, a staff of over two dozen, and had just been awarded a “Best for the World” designation by B Corp.

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Indoor farm start-up seals deal with Farm Boy

Fieldless Farms / Media release / 05 August 2020

Fieldless Farms, a local Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) start-up, announced today that its cut lettuce mixes have hit shelves in Farm Boy stores. This is an important step for the company, which aims to bring year-round local produce to Canadians and reduce the country’s dependency on foreign imports […]

The company’s first farm in Cornwall, Ontario—which grows leafy greens using highly controlled environments, renewable energy, and without herbicides or pesticides—reached full commissioning and CanadaGAP certification earlier this month. The Farm Boy deal comes just one year after Fieldless quietly closed a $3 million first round of funding from local investors and Farm Credit Canada (FCC).

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