January 2017 

As part of our  Municipal Local Food Procurement Project, Burlodge Canada hosted the Region of Durham's Long-Term Care Food Team to its national headquarters in December for a "Refresh" Seminar.  The seminar aimed to encourage  their clients to rethink how Burlodge ovens are seen and used, while promoting the use of local ingredients in the kitchen.

What began out as a small Greenbelt Fund to create recipes for Burlodge ovens that focus on fresh, local ingredients, turned into a collection of over 90 "Refresh" recipes, a state of the art demo kitchen, and these facilitated cooking and learning workshops for healthcare staff.

Read more about this exciting workshop on our blog, and stay tuned for more updates from the project to come soon!
In November, the  2016 Premier's Awards for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence were handed out to a number of deserving producers, processors and agri-food organizations across the province that are helping to propel the agri-food industry forward. Their innovative thinking brings forth exciting products, creates new jobs, and grows Ontario's economy.

Among the impressive recipients was Toronto-based Sepha-Catering Ltd, a leader in Ontario's institutional kosher food manufacturing.

Last month we had the pleasure of talking with Sepha Catering about their innovative products and business.  Read more on our blog.

The  Organic Council of Ontario has received funding to conduct a sector-wide assessment of barriers to growing Ontario's organic sector.

As part of the assessment, they are reaching out to any and all producers, processors and businesses ( organic and non-organic) across the province with  online surveys, in an effort to gather insight on the attitudes and opinions towards organic.

Those who fill out a survey will be entered to win some great prizes. Fill out the survey as soon as possible, as names will be drawn from the pool of completed surveys soon:  
  • January 20th - draw for all survey participants
  • January 28th - draw for organic survey participants at the Guelph Organic Social 

Learn how to scale up and grow your business at  Niagara's 2017 Food and Beverage Convention , taking place March 3rd in Niagara Falls at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.

The  Agri-food Management Institute teamed up with  Innovate Niagara and many others to offer this full-day event to Ontario food and beverage manufacturing businesses, with the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs, and learn how to achieve greater success through practical, focused business management sessions, tailored specifically to food and beverage business management needs.

We have released an  Info Sheet on our Asset Mapping Methodology  to accompany our Asset Mapping Project Profile, Analysis of Food and Farming Assets in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

The methodology Info Sheet is offered as an additional resource to supplement the successful GHFFA asset mapping project profiles for those interested in conducting similar analyses.

Read more here, and visit the Research page of our website for the Info Sheet and Project Profiles.

BLOOM has released a new craft beer case study on solids management, which may be of great interest to those working with new craft brewers:  Driving Adoption of Innovative Solutions, Managing Solids: The First Ingredient in a Successful Craft Brewery Wastewater Management Strategy

An introduction to the study explains that craft breweries can realize significant benefits from taking a proactive approach to water management (reduced water and wastewater management costs, increased revenues, operational efficiencies and enhanced community relations). 

"Getting ahead of issues," the introduction explains, "allows a brewery to integrate water management practices into their operations and business strategy to maximize these benefits." It then goes on to say,  "a critical first line of defense for craft brewers is keeping solids, a major contributor to that stuff, out of the drains. This case study provides an example of why this is important and one approach to make it happen."

Congratulations to  Zac Cohoon, who has been announced as the  2017 Innovative Farmer of the Year by the  Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario

Zac is being celebrated for his practices in adding compost and building soil organic matter on his 1,200 acre farm near Port Perry, in Durham Region.

Learn more about Zac and his innovative farm methods here.
Janet Horner, Executive Director,
Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance