November 2016 

On November 16th, the Greater Toronto Area Agriculture Action Committee (GTA AAC) reflected back on the past 11 years over a special dinner at Black Creek Pioneer Village, in celebration of their final meeting and dissolution. 

The GTA AAC has passed a motion that the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance continue to implement the Action Plan in all areas across the Golden Horseshoe, including the areas formerly covered by the GTA AAC.

Though it was the committee's final meeting, Toronto food pioneer Fiona Nelson, the second last speaker of the evening, explained that this was not an ending, but a beginning. Read more about the evening and GTA AAC's outstanding accomplishment on our blog .
Grape vines aren't the only thing that grow deep at  13th Street Winery , but so too do family roots. The family farm has been in St. Catharines for over 100 years.

On the unique terroir of Niagara, in Ontario's rich wine country, you'll find this celebrated winery that is now co-owned by Doug Whitty and his wife Karen, the third generation to be operating the family farm that was first established in 1908 by Doug's grandfather.

Currently, the booming winery is undertaking an elaborate expansion, but Doug Whitty took some time to chat with us about their exciting developments and the successful business they have upheld. Read about 13th Street Winery and our interview with Doug here.

Congratulations to Headwaters Tourism, who received awards in three categories at the  2016 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence  ceremony!

Learn more here about the awards and how they have successfully  branded Caledon and surrounding area as Headwaters Horse Country, Ontario's Centre of Equine Excellence .

We are thrilled to see Headwaters Tourism recognize the pull that agricultural businesses and activities can have for communities and tourism, and that their outstanding work is now in turn being recognized too.
Last month, the Golden Horseshoe Food & Farming Alliance offered comments to the province on the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Niagara Escarpment Plan and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. 

This is the first time all of the province's major farm organizations have united to call on the provincial government to freeze urban boundaries to prevent urban sprawl and protect farmland in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

You may now view our submission to the province in full on our website.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) is currently accepting enrolment in its Agricultural Leadership Certificate Program. The program may be of great interest to some of our food and farming friends across the Golden Horseshoe. 

The program consists of five highly interactive courses designed to assist those who are working within the agricultural sector, whether they are an owner, partner or responsible for the operational or day-to-day functions of the agri-business. The program consists of a collection of leadership, communication, human resources, marketing, public relations and management modules.

For more information, and to register, visit the UOIT website. View the program brochure here.

The 2016 Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence winners have been announced! The annual awards  recognize the innovative contributions of producers, processors, agri-food organizations and rural communities in Ontario. 

Congratulations to all of 2016's Regional Award WinnersTheir ideas and passion strengthen their businesses, grow the province's agri-food sector, boost the economy and create jobs.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs honoured the Agri-Food Innovators at local ceremonies this month, with many in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: Halton and Niagara Regions , Waterloo Region and Wellington County , Durham Region and Kawartha Lakes and  Toronto and York Region .

These innovators continue to propel the agri-food sector forward. We encourage you to check out what they have been up to!
Janet Horner, Executive Director,
Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance