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Christmas starts in July for Ontario flower growers

Colonial Florists’ popular Frosty Fern

While the rest of us are soaking up the sunshine, enjoying the hot weather and barbecuing on the beach, Ron van der Zalm is thinking about Christmas.

He’s a greenhouse flower grower in St. Catharines, Ontario and the height of summer is when he starts growing popular Christmas plants […]

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Local food love reflected in popularity of food media tour

Ontario just marked its second annual Local Food Week.

Although there were a multitude of events going on across the province, including a Foodland Ontario-run Twitter party and a one-day farmers’ market at Queen’s Park, the highlight for me was a Farm & Food Care Ontario media tour in the Ottawa area.

It was […]

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Grocery store shelf-labelling program comes to Ontario

An innovative shelf labelling program that is already being used in over 250 stores in Western Canada has come to Ontario.

Through smartphone-enabled tags, Localize highlights regional products s and provides shoppers with information about the origin of food products right at the shelf.

Each product considered local under the program has a QR […]

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More cooking, better labelling can address food waste

Food and Farming Canada logo

I’ve written about food waste before: here and here, for example.

The statistics that are often used to quantify the shocking amount of food that we produce but end up discarding are staggering.

Not only are we wasting the actual food, but we’re also throwing out the water, energy and other resources we’ve used to […]

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Food hub needs farmers

Locally grown peppers

There’s a potential market opportunity developing for farmers in south central Ontario – and they’re being asked to step forward if they’re interested in being part of a new food hub pilot project.

The South Central Ontario Region (SCOR) Economic Development Corporation has received funding from the Greenbelt Fund to test a food hub concept […]

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