FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2017
MOBILE FARM DISPLAY EXHIBIT AT MILLBROOK FAIR
Durham Farm Connections Celebrates Local Food Week with Support From The Ontario Government
Millbrook – During Ontario’s Local Food Week, Durham Farm Connections and the Durham Region Federation of Agriculture are bringing their mobile education centre to the Millbrook Fair from Thursday June 8 to Sunday June 11, to promote and celebrate the Good things that Grow in Ontario
With the help of a $31,500 grant through the province’s Local Food Investment Fund, the mobile education trailer was launched in 2016 and has a busy season for 2017.
Mary Ann Found from Found Family Farm and her dedicated team of volunteers put together interactive kiosks, easy-to-access displays and kid-friendly activities to promote and celebrate local food and Ontario’s agricultural sector. The mobile education centre is very much in demand and already booked to visit a variety of events for 43 days this summer, bringing the message of local food to residents throughout Durham and beyond.
“Our mobile education centre is a terrific way for Durham Farm Connections and the Durham Region Federation of Agriculture to bring the message of local food and Ontario agriculture to a wide audience,” said Mary Ann Found. “The Millbrook Fair is a great place to be during Local Food Week, and we are looking forward to all the events we have coming up this summer.”
“Our government is proud to be supporting innovative projects through the Local Food Investment Fund that provide Ontarians with an opportunity to learn about the delicious locally-grown food in our province. I am confident that this interactive display will not only educate Ontarians about the importance of local food but inspire participants to explore careers in Ontario’s booming agri-food industry,” said Jeff Leal, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
“We’re pleased to see that Durham Farm Connections’ mobile trailer is now in its second year travelling to community events like the Millbrook Fair, sharing information about choosing more local, more often,” said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Greenbelt Fund. “Local Food Week is all about celebrating the people working hard to make agriculture such a success in Ontario, and the team at Durham Farm Connections and the Durham Region Federation of Agriculture are a great example of the local food champions we are proud to invest in at the Greenbelt Fund.”
About the Greenbelt Fund:
The Greenbelt Fund changes the way we eat food in Ontario. Our innovative investments get more local food onto the plates of Ontarians. We work with businesses, institutions and NGOs to make Ontario’s farmers the first choice for consumers. The Fund’s work has generated a 13-fold return on our investments, permanently changed the food value chain, and improved local food awareness and education around the province. As a not-for-profit, the Greenbelt Fund is supported by public and private sources.
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