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Economic Development eNews | September 6, 2022

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Top photo feature: Cynthia Peters, third from right, is surrounded by students learning the benefits of a slow-simmered sauce. 

Cynthia demonstrates to her students how to make and roll fresh gnocchi. 

From the Farm Cooking School is Perfect Fit for Maison Maitland

MAITLAND - From the Farm Cooking School has arrived at Maison Maitland, formerly Maplehurst Manor and Carriage House.

Owner Cynthia Peters has been building her business in the Prince Edward County culinary region for well over a decade. Now she's relocated here to transform the 1827 Georgian Manor in Maitland into the popular farm-to-table cooking school. Chef Cynthia's signature style is creating delightful international dishes with seasonal fresh local foods in unique heritage surroundings.

"I want to create a more personal, cultural experience that highlights local ingredients and producers with the stories and heritage behind the place and region," says Cynthia, a recognized farm-to-table trailblazer, wine and food tour curator, food writer and author of The Art of Herbs Cookbook.

"I believe in showcasing the best food and drink of the region. I've been reaching out to businesses to introduce myself to learn more about their offerings. Collaborations and partnerships have been a key driver of growing my business the past 13 years," says Cynthia. "I'm hoping that Maison Maitland becomes a culinary destination for the area."

"I like to build businesses from the ground up and work with new communities to create value in tourism," she said. "There are a lot of hidden gems here in this area making it a unique destination, including activities and sites built around the water and history. It  can make you feel transported to a different era."

Since opening this past spring, Cynthia has welcomed students into her large, bright kitchen for classes ranging from Tuscan Farmhouse (shown in the top feature photo) to the Vibrant Flavours of Thailand and Vietnamese Street Food. Participants come from as far away as Toronto, Belleville, Ottawa and throughout the Ottawa Valley. Her clientele is growing, including area residents.

Her plan is to renovate the coach house to create holiday gîtes (villas) like those found in France's countryside. "I've always wanted to add on accommodations to my cooking school," says Cynthia. This will expand her offerings to longer culinary retreats, getaways and historical stays for couples and groups.


The school is a division of From the Farm Enterprises Inc. Cynthia opened her cooking school in 2010 at her and her husband's Loyalist farmhouse near Belleville. It became a designated "Feast On" location and the school was also awarded a Canadian Signature Experiences designation in 2012 by Destination Canada. 

A former Personal Chef, Cynthia is an honours graduate of Liaison College of Culinary Arts and studied at Le Cordon Blue. She offers public cooking classes, private group classes of four people and up, and corporate team building classes with 8-16 people with cooking competitions.

She also offers an all-day culinary adventure where you visit the market or local farm to gather your food, then return to Maison Maitland to prepare your feast. Her curriculum includes bold flavours and foods she's discovered in her world travels, including food and wine tours in France.


To learn more about the Farm to Table Cooking School and Maison Maitland, visit the website and check out the Facebook and Instagram pages. You can contact Cynthia at 613-922-9194 or send her an email


Free Business Promotional Opportunity at the International Plowing Match

KEMPTVILLE - The Economic Development Office is coordinating a Leeds Grenville Regional Showcase at the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo being held in Kemptville from September 20-24. This five-day event will bring an estimated 70,000 people to the region.

Local Producers & Manufacturers

Have your products prominently highlighted at the Made in Leeds Grenville feature section of the Regional Showcase! Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this amazing product display!  Companies already participating include: Arbru Solar Brewery, Arrow it Forward, Arctic Acres, Bushgarden Cheese, Creative Gardens Floral, Millers Bay Farm, Mrs. McGarrigle's Fine Foods, Pickle & Myrrh, Windmill Brewery, Wendy’s Country Market and Westport Brewery

To become part of this feature display contact Shelbi McFarlane via email

Open to all Businesses

A welcome visitor kiosk will be staffed at the Leeds Grenville Showcase tent, to have your promotional brochure available to event attendees for FREE, please contact Joanne Poll via email.

Please share the IPM Promotional Poster throughout the region and invite friends and family from afar to join you for this event. 


Advanced online tickets are now on sale for more information visit the IPM website.

Attention Accommodation Businesses

The International Plowing Match is being held September 20-24 in Kemptville. There is a strong demand for overnight accommodations.

If you still have vacancy during this period of time, please let us know your business name, how many rooms you have available, on which dates and your contact information via an email.

Visit Digital Services Reps at the IPM

If you are looking to get some quick digital tips, or to meet digital support staff in the region, stop by the Digital Main Street booth in the Leeds Grenville Showcase at the International Plowing Match.

Our digital specialists will be in the booth and can help you determine if you are eligible for grant funding as well as answer any questions you might have about Digital Main Street programs. Specialists are, from left to right, Dana Valentyne, Chelsea Kerr, Elizabeth Lawless, Reid Stobo, Shelbi McFarlane, Cyndy Bolton, Ronnie Quesnel, Justin St. Pierre and Matt Gilmer.

Digital support staff will be available daily between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Leeds Grenville Showcase main tent area.

Reach out to Cyndy today for more information cyndy.bolton@uclg.on.ca 613-342-3840 x 5368. 

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Leadership Award

It's time to Nominate an Economic Development Leader

The Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office is asking individuals, councils and economic development committees to identify candidates for the annual Bill Thake Memorial Award for Economic Development Leadership.


Many volunteers help to improve the economic vitality of Leeds Grenville. Our goal is to honour them for their ongoing efforts. If you have someone in mind within the 10-member municipalities of Leeds Grenville, consider putting their name forward. You can connect with us at econdev@uclg.on.ca or call Deanna Clark at 613-342-3840, ext. 5360.

For more information and nomination forms in both Word and PDF visit our Summit 2022 webpage

The Economic Development Leadership Award will be presented at the annual Economic Development Summit on November 18, 2022.

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, September 30, at 4 p.m.

Workforce Development

Attention Employers: Get Your Free Booth!

Are you hiring for the Fall and Winter seasons? The Employment + Education Centre has teamed up with CSE Consulting to provide a platform to talk with and collect applications from job seekers across Leeds Grenville. Meet qualified candidates and hire your new team members at the Virtual Job Fair. 

About a dozen area companies have registered.

WHEN: Thursday, September 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information and to register a free booth, email Jayme at the Employment + Education Centre. If you are in the Prescott or Kemptville area email Rod at CSE Consulting.

Canada-Ontario Job Grant gives Support to Employers or Employer Consortia

Do you want to provide training for your staff? Employers can access up to $10,000 to train team members! The Canada-Ontario Job Grant provides direct financial support to individual employers or employer consortia who wish to purchase training for their employees. It is available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees.


Teanne Larocque, Employment + Education Centre - 613-498-2111 Ext. 365 or send her an email.

Rod Palmer at CSE Consulting in Prescott - 613-925-0222 or send him an email, and Tracy McDonald in Kemptville at 613-258-6576 or send her an email.

Dana Betournay, Keys Job Centre in Gananoque - 613-453-3923 or send her an email.

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Workshops, Seminars and Webinar Library

Hiring International Students

This webinar hosted by the Employment + Education Centre will discuss what to consider when hiring an international student on a student visa. The speaker is Richard Webster, International Education Manager at St. Lawrence College.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 13, 8 a.m. via Zoom

COST: Free

Learn more or to register 

Sustainable Tourism: Go Green to Grow Your Business

Interested in learning about the realistic actions you can make to become a more sustainable tour operator business? Learn with like-minded industry professionals in this webinar featuring expert speakers and the launch of FAB Experiences, a new initiative and platform designed to showcase sustainable tourism businesses, experiences  and attractions and to support local business in taking steps toward "greener" business. The webinar is presented by the Frontenac Arch Biosphere. Speakers are Jonathan Tourtellot, CEO of Destination Stewardship Centre, Bob Willard, author and Chief Sustainability Champion at Sustainability Advantage. 

What you will learn:

  • How to help manage tourism so that it works to your advantage, bringing in good money without getting out of control.
  • How to avoid pitfalls and work together and create a secure destination to be proud of.
  • To be comfortable with the language of “sustainability” and be able to recognize a truly sustainable business.
  • To be confident that a sustainable / “green” business is a smart business.
  • Understand why people care more about biodiversity today than they did 5-10 years ago.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 14, 3-4:30 p.m. 

COST: Free

To register

Workplace Mental Health - Discover your Business Mental Health Needs

This one-hour Zoom session is hosted by The Employment and Education Centre and presented by Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS). The level of stress in our work and home lives is increasing and our response to these stressors is very different from one person to the next. Join WSPS in this 1 hour session where we will provide you with a high-level understanding of workplace mental health, help you discover your business’ mental health needs and guide you towards your next steps along your workplace mental health journey.

WHEN: Thursday, September 15, 10 a.m. via Zoom

COST: Free

Learn more or register

Leeds Grenville eNews Deadlines for submitting information:

If you have an upcoming workshop, seminar, or business-related event, please email it to us in advance.

  • Submissions for the September 20th edition should be received by Monday, September 12th.
  • Submissions for the October 4th edition should be received by Monday, September 26th. 
Ann Weir
Economic Development Manager
Deanna Clark
Economic Development Officer
Joanne Poll
Administration / Communications Support
Shelbi McFarlane
Business Development Officer

32 Wall Street, Suite 300, Brockville, ON K6V 4R9
613-342-3840 | 1-800-770-2170 | econdev@uclg.on.ca