Selling Food to Ontario info session
Ottawa Farmer's Market was stationed at this year's Taste of the Valley in Cobden, with a number of fresh organic fruits and vegetables available. Pictured here, Ottawa Farmer's Market's Kenroy Cameron holds up two colourful bundles of carrots.
LAURENTIAN VALLEY – Local farmers and food producers will learn how to grow their business at Selling Food to Ontario this month.
Organized by the Township of Laurentian Valley, in partnership with OMAFRA (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs), Renfrew County CFDC (community Futures Development Corporation) and the Renfrew County Health Unit, Selling Food to Ontario will provide a day educational training in the ‘how-to’ of establishing and sustaining a viable agricultural operation.
It will take place on March 22, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Shady Nook Recreation Centre (80 Richardson Crescent, Laurentian Valley), and is open to local farmers, food producers and anyone else in the food industry.
Along with a presentation by the Renfrew County Health Unit and a local resources panel, the agenda will focus on marketing opportunities, basics of food regulation, keys to getting on the retail shelf and opportunities to expand into new markets.
“There will be training sessions put on by the Ministry of Agriculture and there will also be representatives from the Renfrew County District Health Unit and a local panel that includes myself providing some planning information,” said Lauree Armstrong, planner and economic development officer with the Township of Laurentian Valley. “It’s basically for anybody who is looking to sell food in Ontario and it's to provide them with some resources and information on what kind of government procedures they might have to deal with and how they can get their product placed at local markets.”
Armstrong said that the information session will provide powerful networking and learning opportunities designed to support local farmers and food producers and allow their businesses to thrive.
“It will give people an opportunity to network with some other businesses and it will give good knowledge and experience for people trying to break into the market or to grow or command a business in food and agriculture,” said Armstrong.
Tickets are $20 apiece, with a lunch included, and can be purchased by visiting tinyurl.com/y8pf7f98 or by contacting Teena McKitchen at 613-431-3951 ext. 224