Greenbelt Fund News

The latest about the Greenbelt Fund, our initiatives and local food community.

Thoughts on Value Chains

How appropriate that a day after Minister Mitchell announces the $4 million Broader Public Investment Fund that the Ministry of Agriculture hosts their first Value Chain Management Forum. Close to 150 people from across the agri-food value chain gathered in Guelph, Ontario to learn about Value Chains, and to listen to best practice examples of what has made some value chain partnerships successful.

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Guest Blog Post: Cohn Farms

From time to time, we are inviting our grantees to write blog posts about interesting experiences or events. Our first grantee post comes from Cohn Farms and the Fruit Logistica Trade Show. Enjoy!

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Carrots or Cars: Choose Your Economic Driver

How to grow the perfect carrot doesn’t excite Paul Smith. He’s got 900 acres of root vegetables in the Holland Marsh that need to be washed and  polished for clients along the U.S. eastern seaboard and grocers in the Greater Toronto Area. His mission? Just-in-time pieces.

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Yes You Can!

A while back I participated in a workshop hosted by St. Joseph’s Group Purchasing Association, moderated by My Sustainable Canada and their partners.  This event brought together almost 60 members of the value chain including hospital and long term care foodservice operators, food distributors, manufacturers and Ontario producers to talk about opportunities and challenges they face in getting more local food into their foodservice operations.

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Minister's Award Winner - Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence 2011

What happens when a former tobacco grower with 40 years experience, a steel company owner, a dentist, an accountant, an entrepreneur and two lawyers get together? 

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French Voyageur Cooking Getaway on the French River

August 27, 2012

French Voyageur Cooking Getaway on the French River at The Lodge at Pine Cove

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Grape Growers of Ontario Celebrity Luncheon

This past year has been a banner year for the GGO, giving them more than a birthday to celebrate. Their hard work has been paying off in dividends, as sales of VQA wines has grown by 40% over the past four years and these uniquely-crafted grapes and wines are gaining prestige amongst Ontario sommeliers and wine appreciators

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Want to see Niagara in a new light? Act like a tourist.

Do you ever drive by an exceedingly beautiful house, and wonder if the people who own it and live in it are aware of how beautiful it is? Does walking up the same path, and opening the front door day after day somehow make one blind to what they have?

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A World of Opportunity at Vineland

Chinese red hot peppers are just as good grown in Ontario soil as they are in their native China. That’s the feedback researchers at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre are getting from a pilot project which has recently garnered them a provincial award.

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What a Day, OFVGA!

You can only imagine how excited we were to be going to the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) Annual Farm Tour and BBQ.  The name of the event can give you, the reader, an idea of what this entailed, but experiencing it went beyond our expectations.  This year the Tour was held in Niagara Region.  The area is well-known internationally for a unique agricultural profile that makes it perfect for growing tender fruits and a wide variety of vegetables.  And, of course, everyone knows Niagara luscious and world-famous wines, nature trails, and a particular waterfall.  It’s not possible to visit all of the farms and facilities, but the tour gave us and the 75 or so other guests a literal taste of the many agricultural activities in the region.

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