December 2014
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Happy Holidays to all of you across our beautiful Golden Horseshoe!

Another Fall Harvest has passed, and we hope all of you that work tirelessly year-round get a well-deserved break with your friends and family. Thank you for being a part of the force that strengthens our food and farming sector! Let's remember to thank our farmers when we're enjoying our delicious holiday meals.

Remember to also keep in touch with us on twitter, and if you have a food & farming story you would like to see featured on our website or an upcoming newsletter in the new year, please get in touch with us

Their innovative drive and determination keeps our industry prosperous and moving forward.

We took a closer look at some of the regional award winners celebrated at a c
ermony in Toronto last month: the regional award recipients for Peel Region, York Region and Toronto.
On Nov. 24, the Toronto Food Policy Council and the University of Toronto hosted a Food Waste Symposium, featuring a screening of Just Eat It, followed by a Q&A panel discussion with 6 experts who are battling food waste at various stages along the food chain. 

The panel included Jamie Reaume, Executive Director of the Holland Marsh Growers' Association, Chair of the Ontario Food Terminal, and as of earlier this year, our elected Chair.


With annual food waste in Canada now at an estimated $31 billion, anyone can see why these discussions are important ones to have.

The Local Food Fund has made its way to Hamilton, helping to support in the expansion of a successful European-style local bakery.

Check out our most recent blog post on Gala Bakery, looking at their growth and success since they began over 10 years ago.

Last week, the province also announced the next batch of Local Food Fund Recipients, including a few more across the Golden Horseshoe. Congratulations!

A recent article in The Goderich Signal Star shares that Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson wants to see more focus on agriculture in Ontario's classrooms.


Thompson has introduced a private members motion requesting that an agri-food component be added to Ontario's grade 9 and 10 guidance and career education curriculum.

With a retiring workforce, and food-related post-secondary programs at an "extremely low" student enrolment rate, the promotion and education of agri-food careers is critical.

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