September 2015

Save the date for the first-ever Forum looking ahead 25 years: " Future of Food and Farming 2041 - Changes and Choices",  sponsored by Country Heritage Park and on October 6.
Food and Farming in 2041 will be dramatically different than it is today. Attend the forum to hear and share thoughts on the trends and drivers that will dramatically transform our food & farming landscape.

Click here to read more and view the save-the-date flyer.


Cultivating a focus on Innovation in Agriculture, we took a look at the use of drones on the farm, and the various cost-effective, productive and innovative ways the UAV technology is helping farmers and those in agriculture across the country.


Specifically, we spoke with Dr. Bill Deen from the University of Guelph about their intriguing research projects that are using drones. Read more here.

Have an idea for our next #InnovativeAg piece? Get in touch

Thank you to  Debbie Grimes,  Secretary Treasurer of the Niagara South Plowmen's Association, for sharing with us a thoughtful piece that she wrote on the history and important role of plowing, and the plowing match tradition. 

A fantastic, traditional event for the region, the 148th Annual Niagara South Plowing Match is fast approaching, beginning September 22.

If you live or work in Peel Region, c
onsider the following questions:
  • Do you care about the price of food? 
  • How and where your food is grown? 
  • How food is shared in the community? 
  • Access to healthy food? Access to unhealthy food?
The Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy launched a Food Security Taskforce in 2012. The taskforce is now creating a Peel Food Charter for the region that will express the community's values and priorities for the food system. This process includes consulting with all stakeholders and building capacity within the food sector. 

For more information, to view the draft food charter, and to fill out the feedback survey, be sure to visit the Peel Food Charter website.

Earlier this year, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs led a review of  the Rural Economic Development (RED) program to ensure that it was meeting the expectations of businesses, community organizations and rural municipalities.

The province will soon be accepting applications under a renewed RED program. The new intake will begin in October 2015 . Read more here.

With its rich, nourishing soil, the Holland Marsh has certainly deserved its title of Ontario's soup and salad bowl. And though the area is renowned for its fresh veggies, such as carrots and onions, there might be even more than you think growing in the Marsh.

Our soup and salad bowl is using its unique soil structure to produce some wine, too, with Holland Marsh Wineries, a 22-acre estate established in 2008. The winery cherishes what they describe as an "old world style".  And like many Ontario wineries, you can take a tour of the grounds and sample a variety of their products, which are only sold onsite. You'll learn that family tradition is important here, with a conscientious effort for doing things the 'old-fashioned' way: all the grapes are hand-picked.

There's always something to learn, discover and taste across the Golden Horseshoe regions and cities - Holland Marsh Wineries was one of our recent visits. Let us know what food and drink you connected with along the Horseshoe this summer!

Farm Boy celebrated the official grand opening of its first fresh market location in the GTA, specifically Durham Region, at the end of August. The new 28,000 square foot Farm Boy Whitby store brings more than 150 full and part-time jobs to the community.

Nancy Rutherford, Manager of Economic Development, Agriculture and Rural Affairs with Durham Region, shared with us:  "We are working closely with staff organizers of the recently opened Farm Boy in Whitby to ensure our local Durham Farm Fresh producers and local farmers are provided the opportunity to market and sell their products on the shelves on an ongoing basis." 

We may be nearing the end of summer, but many farmers' markets are still as vibrant as ever.  Find Farm Fresh across the Horseshoe here !


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