February 2018 

Eleven schools in the Headwaters Region are taking part in a Local Food Club, led by the Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance (HFFA), which delivers packs of local food to participating schools. The exemplary program connects local growers and eaters, while encouraging kids to cook, learn about, and enjoy fresh, healthy foods.

We recently talked with an Alton parent who helped bring the program to her child's school -- if you're in the area, you can bring it to your school too! Learn more on our blog.

A workshop last month in Brampton aimed to connect new Canadians to job opportunities in the food and beverage processing sector--an industry that is seeking to create 60,000 new jobs by 2020.

The event came as part of the Taste Your Future career awareness program led by Food and Beverage Ontario (FBO), in partnership with the City of Brampton's Economic Development office.

The workshop brought together organizations providing employment services to new Canadians with food & beverage processors. Read more and find the Post-Workshop Report on our blog.

Canada's beer industry generated $13.6 billion in economic activity in 2016, according to a
report released last month by the Conference Board of Canada, Brewing Up Benefits: The  Economic Footprint of Canada's Beer Economy.

Did you know that in 2016, Canadians of legal drinking age bought the equivalent of 223 bottles of beer per person? Learn more.

How does agricultural viability support farmland protection in Ontario? Ontario Farmland Trust (OFT) will explore this question at their 2018 Farmland Forum: Building Farmland Viability in Ontario,  taking place in Prince Edward County on April 5, 2018.  

This year's keynote speaker is the Agricultural Land Commission from British Columbia, with other highlights including:
  • Planning strategies and tools to preserve and support the agri-food industry in Ontario
  • Farmland viability and land use planning policy in Ontario
  • Success stories from the field - How has planning positively influenced these Prince Edward County agricultural businesses?
Check out the OFT website for more information and tickets.

This month, Canada's Agriculture Day (Feb. 13) was celebrated with some big agri-food announcements from the province:

Ontario signed a bilateral agreement with the federal government to support strategic, long-term investments that will spur innovation, economic growth and create jobs in Ontario's agri-food sector.

And the provincial government also announced an investment of up to $713 million toward an agreement between the University of Guelph and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to further innovation and position Canada as a world leader in agri-food.

Thank you to Niagara this Week for their article this month highlighting the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance's Asset Mapping project and Premier's Award.

"It's a nice recognition," shared Chair Bill Hodgson in the article. "There are so many innovators and the work the alliance put in to build this was deserving of that recognition. It recognizes the collaboration and important work that has taken place and the potential for this platform to be used much wider than we first thought." 

Janet Horner, Executive Director,
Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance