December 2018 

Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake was the first wine estate in Canada to earn both organic and biodynamic certification back in 2008.

We recently connected with Ann Sperling, Director of Winemaking and Viticulture at Southbrook, to learn a bit more about biodynamic methods, and how Southbrook Vineyards works in harmony with the land and Linc Farm to produce their celebrated wines.

" Working in a closed loop system is a big part of biodynamics," Ann explains.
"We raise or grow as many inputs as possible within our own farm environment. "

Learn more about Southbrook's philosophy in our most recent blog post!

With another year coming to an end, Nourish has released the  2019 Nourish Trend Report, their third annual look ahead at what's in store for the food industry.

While 2018's report was about " Disruption," the theme this year is " Shifts" - shifts in consumer attitudes, what consumers are buying and why, and who is buying, how. Learn more.

Before The Plate, a feature-length documentary film, attempts to close the gap in perception between the urban consumer and farming in Canada, by exploring the questions, stories and people behind where our food comes from and how it gets to our plate. (View a trailer for the documentary here.)

If you or your organization are interested, you can now request to host your own screening of the documentary! Check out their website here.

Vegetable prices are projected to rise by 4-6% in 2019, according to Canada's Food Price Report, while the price of meat will drop by up to 3% and seafood by 2%:

For more, be sure to check out Canada's Food Price Report for 2019, the ninth edition of the report from Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph. The report has received plenty of news coverage, e.g. this article from the CBC.

Are you involved in agriculture and food in Ontario ?

The Agri-Food Management Institute and Wilton Consulting Group are working together to develop a set of best practices from a regional perspective to support Ontario producers wishing to expand their business, increase revenue streams, and/or access new markets.  

Share your thoughts on how your  region  can help improve business development and opportunities for  farmers and agri-food in  this online survey.

Ontario Farmland Trust's 2019 Farmland Forum will explore A Natural Systems Approach to Farmland Protection, on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at  Balls Falls Conservation Area in Niagara Region.

Stay tuned on their website for more. T ickets will go on sale in January 2019.
❄ Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all of of our friends across the Golden Horseshoe and beyond! Remember to support local this holiday season - in food, drink & gifts.   Cheers
Janet Horner, Executive Director,
Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance