Month: May 2014

Celebrate Ontario’s first Local Food Week

Farm & Food Care is leading efforts on behalf of Ontario farmers to encourage Ontarians to support local food – and they’re turning online to reach out to consumers. June 2 – 8 marks the first-ever Local Food Week in Ontario, which was part of the Local Food Act the provincial government passed last year.

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New Ontario “Asparagus Trail” launched

I await the coming of asparagus season the way many people anticipate Christmas. Yes, I absolutely love the fresh, crisp flavour of newly harvested asparagus spears, but it’s about more than just their yummy goodness. Or the fact that they’re good for you and loaded with iron and vitamin K. To me, it also signals […]

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Healthy school snack program expands

A popular school snack program that has been in place in Northern Ontario schools for the past eight years has been expanded. As a result of increased funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, approximately 36,000 students in 191 schools are now receiving two servings a week of fruits and vegetables […]

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Food hub needs farmers

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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Buying beef directly from farmers

The strength of the local food movement and the potential of an untapped urban market keen to buy high quality beef direct from farmers are behind a new marketing initiative underway by Beef Farmers of Ontario. Farm to City Marketing is based on the popular community-supported agriculture (CSA) model that has been successful for vegetable […]

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Meet an Ontario fruit farmer

Family tradition is an important part of Ontario’s farming culture. Innovation and new technology, however, are what helps keep that family tradition going for the future generations. Fruit grower Phil Tregunno is proud of being the fourth generation of his family to farm in the Niagara Region – and with his two sons and a […]

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Ontarians showing apple love online

Facing a bumper crop after last year’s weather disaster, the Ontario Apple Growers (OAG) knew they needed to Ontarians to eat more apples than ever before. To do so, they needed more consumer awareness, so the organization turned to social media to reach out. A series of contests hosted on their Facebook page over the […]

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Jumping on the selfie bandwagon farmer-style

The Oxford Dictionaries selected “selfie” as their word of the year for 2013. It’s a commonly used expression for describing a photo you’ve taken of yourself – most likely one with your smartphone held at arm’s length in front of you in some way. Although there’s online evidence to show it was first used in […]

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