Heidi Behan, a second-generation owner at Moore Orchards in Hamilton Township, is seen here at her farmstand.

Food for Thought program nourishes curious minds

School food programs gives farmers lessons on the needs of young people

Reading Time: 3 minutes Northumberland Food For Thought provides nutritious food and teachable moments to students, while also supporting local growers. Co-ordinator Beth Kolisnyk said in a recent interview that her agency promotes fresh-from-the-farm products to schools each fall, while school-nutrition programming goes on all year. Why it matters: Children learn better when given the proper nutrition, and the […] Read more

Flash freezing is one of the services offered at the OAFVC.

Tips from a successful food incubator

Reading Time: 2 minutes Trissia Mellor, agriculture manager for the Northumberland County economic development and tourism department, said the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (OAFVC) was designed for growers who would like to pursue new product directions for their crops but cannot afford to build such a facility on the farm. The facility is based in Colborne. What is available […] Read more

Edgar Ramirez, of Pleasant Valley Hops, and Kris Mattucci of the OAFVC pour ground-up hops cones into a pelletizer.

The value of a local food incubator

Northumberland and area farmers have grown their businesses thanks to a multi-service food processing facility

Reading Time: 7 minutes When Northumberland County opened its Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (OAFVC) in 2015, it didn’t know if the farmers who supported the concept in studies and surveys would use it. Three years later, the centre is used by numerous farmers and businesses and it has helped them take their business to another level. Why it matters: […] Read more

Produce is ready to be delivered as part of the Fresh From The Farm program.

Program provides healthy food, new markets, school fundraiser

After five years, Fresh From The Farm has moved 2.7 million lbs. of produce

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Fresh From The Farm program gives Nathan Streef the chance to talk to children about farming and those children get the chance to meet a real farmer. Not every school that uses Fresh From The Farm gets a visit from a farmer, but Streef, whose family helped start the program, takes the time to […] Read more