Tamaran and Matt Mousseau raise Longhorns and Herefords on their farm near Hillsburgh.

Young farmers jump into direct marketing with on-farm stores

Ontario producers see the benefit of events and local food networks, and their hard work is paying off

Some young farmers are making direct-to-consumer sales an important part of their farm business plan. They’re using creative thinking on events and bringing new skills to the expansion of their businesses. Why it matters: Direct to consumer marketing can be an effective way for farmers to get more of the food dollar. But they have […] Read more

Federal food policy aims to lift local and Canadian-grown products

Federal programs to boost the profile of domestic and locally grown foods at home while reducing food waste, food insecurity and deceptive food marketing are all up for funding under the government’s new Food Policy for Canada. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Parliamentary Ag Secretary Jean-Claude Poissant announced the new policy Monday in Montreal, following […] Read more

The demand for local food has increased demand for Ontario wheat.

Focus on local boosts wheat usage by processor

Grain farmers invested in helping Griffith Foods grow its demand for Ontario wheat

A major supplier to the food industry has dramatically increased its use of Ontario wheat over the past 30 years to the point that it now almost exclusively buys locally. Griffith Foods made purchasing Ontario wheat a priority as part of its effort to reduce its carbon footprint and as a result has become a […] Read more

More land is being put into production in Northern Ontario.

Report looks to connect the North’s new growth with consumers

More food is being grown and raised in Northern Ontario, but systems are still being developed to get it to local residents

Northern Ontario is a vast region that contains “many locales (that) can be considered a food deserts” despite growing production in the area, a new University of Guelph report says. The report was prepared by a team from the university’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, led by Dr. Wayne Caldwell. It was released […] Read more

Smaller chicken flocks is one suggested area that could be funded by the investment.

Program aims to kickstart funding for local ag projects

Socially responsible investing also aims to build communities

Funds designed to support the local food and farm sector in Ontario have been put together through a partnership of grassroots organizations from Sault Ste. Marie, a region not known for agriculture. Why it matters: Agriculture could find ways to capitalize on a global trend of investors who factor in ecological and social benefits along […] Read more