November 2015

The Golden Horseshoe Food & Farming Alliance has provided $10,000 in funding to Toronto's  Food Starter , an incubator focused on helping early-stage food processors and manufacturers from Toronto and the Golden Horseshoe grow their business - moving food entrepreneurs' ideas from concept to shelf.

We spoke with  Executive Director of Food Starter, Dana McCauley:  read more about the new incubator and what it has to offer here.
The Canadian Climate Forum hosted a two-day Symposium Nov 12-13 in Ottawa, Food Security in a Changing Climate.

 The impressive line-up of distinguished speakers covered plenty over the two days, including how Canada's agricultural productivity actually stands to increase due to climate change, giving Canada the opportunity to be a major player in a global solution to food security and climate change. Be sure to read more here.
The Ontario Craft Cider Association  has commended the passing of Bill 110:  Growing Ontario's Craft Cider Industry Act .

Bill 110 will pave the way for a level playing field for Craft Cider comparable to Ontario's Craft Brewers, ensuring that the tax or mark-up imposed on Ontario Craft Cider does not exceed that imposed on craft beer in Ontario.  Read more here .
Aqua Greens Award Recipient, OMAFRA Image

Once again Ontario has recognized and celebrated local agri-food innovators whose ideas and projects are strengthening the province's agri-food sector.
The regional recipients of the 2015 Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence were honoured earlier this month for their contributions to the creation of new products, adding value to existing products, supporting a sustainable environment, helping support job creation, and boosting economic growth in Ontario

Congratulations to all of the innovative agri-food winners! You can view all of the award recipients on OMAFRA's site here. The  news release from the Aurora ceremony in particular celebrated many innovators within the Golden Horseshoe.

Congratulations to  Halenda's Fine Foods , who have won the top award in the Ontario Finest Meat Competition for the third consecutive time!

Halenda's, a family-run business, is thrilled to have won the Ron Usborne Award of Excellence for the third time in a row, while also taking home 11 product awards.
Janet Horner, Executive Director,
Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance