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In This Issue
  • FFCO's new kiosk at the CNE
  • Canada's Outdoor Farm show, September 13-15, 2022
  • Source Local project update
  • Ontario Agriculture Week, October 2-8, 2022
  • Tenth anniversary fundraising update
  • FFCO member anniversary barbecue recap
  • Highlights from Breakfast from the Farm, Grand River Raceway, Elora
  • 2022 Farm & Food Care Garden Club update
  • Tenth anniversary survey
  • Meet an individual member
FFCO's new "Ask a Farmer" kiosk at the Canadian National Exhibition

Farm & Food Care Ontario has been debuting its brand new "Ask a Farmer" video kiosk in the 'Farm' building at the CNE this year. FFCO along with many other commodities exhibiting in this education building, are excited to be back with new, refreshed displays for the return to in-person events. 

The kiosk is a video recording booth- like "Speakers' Corner"- that allows visitors to record themselves asking a Canadian farmer a question. Questions will be answered via FFCO's social media following the CNE. The kiosk was funded, in part, through the AgriCompetitiveness program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal, provincial, territorial initiative. It will also be used at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

FFCO is also taking the opportunity to distribute The Real Dirt on Farming at the CNE.
Canada's Outdoor Farm Show, Woodstock, Ontario
Canada's Outdoor Farm Show is fast approaching and FFCO will be on-site in the Federation House between September 13 – 15. 2022.  

Stop by to chat with board and staff members about our organization and learn all about the new projects and events that are planned for the rest of the year.
Celebrate Ontario Agriculture Week
From October 3-9, join FFCO to celebrate Ontario Agriculture Week and remind everyone that Ontario is a province overflowing with fresh, locally-grown, high-quality food and products. 

Ontario Agriculture Week celebrates the abundance of food farmers produce, the Ontarians employed by the industry, and the rural communities and economy fueled by farmers.

Show your love for Ontario food using #loveONTfood across your social media networks, and use FFCO's Ontario Agriculture Week social media to show your support.
Source Local: Ontario Agriculture Week Events

FFCO and the Ontario Federation of
Agriculture are reminding Ontarians to
Source Local when they are shopping
for food, fiber and flowers.

A province-wide Source Local Food Fest will take place in four locations that week:
  • October 3 in Thunder Bay: 11 to 1 at the Marina, Festival area.
  • October 4 in London: 11 to 1 at Dundas Place in front of Fanshawe College.
  • October 6 in Ottawa: 11 to 1 in Ottawa.
  • October 7 in Halton: 3 to 8 at Andrews Farm & Winery, 9635 10 Side Road, Milton

These ‘Pic or Post’ events provide a free meal to the first 250 people on site, who post about it on social media or pose for a photo with their reason for sourcing local.
Follow Farm & Food Care Ontario on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for
Breakfast from the Farm: October 8th, Milton Fairgrounds

FFCO, Halton Agricultural Society and Milton Fall Fair are gearing up for Breakfast from the Farm to be held at the Milton Fairgrounds, October 8th from 8 am - noon. The event will welcome urban and suburban neighbours in the Milton area, inviting them to experience Ontario food and farming up close and meet farmer volunteers.
Register now to volunteer and help make the experience memorable for guests.
Save the Date: FFCO's 15th Harvest Gala, November 17th

Farm & Food Care Ontario, along with the board, members and partners invite you to the 15th Annual Harvest Gala. This Denim & Diamonds-themed soirée at the Delta Hotel in Guelph on Thursday, November 17th will be a night of celebration, together again.

The night will include:

  • Cocktail hour and entertainment
  • Taste of Ontario dinner
  • Network and catch-up with the who’s-who of Ontario agriculture
  • Auction of exciting Ontario tourism experiences
  • Presentation of the Paul Mistele Award for excellence by farmers in support of Ontario’s food banks

Tickets will go on sale in September at www.FarmFoodCareON.org
Help us do the "Dirty Work" this fall with The Real Dirt on Farming
FFCO is getting ready to publish the sixth edition of The Real Dirt On Farming. Farmers and food producers understand “dirty work” better than anyone else and we’re asking YOU to help us do the “dirty” work to get ready!”

Be part of the Dirty Work Campaign – Donate and share a selfie of yourself doing the #DirtyWorkforFFCO on your farm. Tag us on social media for a chance to win a FREE ticket to the Harvest Gala November 17th at the Delta Hotel in Guelph! Contest entries open until November 1st 2022. 
FFCO's 10th Anniversary Members & Friends Barbecue

On August 11th, 2022, at the Marden Park Pavilion, a sold out crowd of 150 members, friends, present and former staff, present and former board members, and other supporters celebrated FFCO's 10th anniversary with a barbecue lunch and ice cream dessert.
Breakfast from the Farm at the Grand River Raceway, Elora

More than 1000 guests and 50 volunteers came out to Breakfast from the Farm at the Grand River Raceway in Elora on August 27th.  

Guests enjoyed beautiful weather, a walking tour of the Grand River Racetrack with exhibits, displays, livestock and farm equipment, and a delicious breakfast. Volunteers shared their stories and experience farming in Ontario and answered guest questions. 
2022 Farm & Food Care Garden Club update

This past month, 560 group members were invited to participate in The Virtual Homegrown Harvest Contest! This contest is open for club members to showcase the harvest from their garden this year and is accepting entries until September 22, 2022.

The Virtual Homegrown Harvest Contest categories:
  • Largest Tomato
  • Longest Carrot
  • Homegrown Salad

We are pleased to welcome a special panel of judges to evaluate our 2022 entries including representatives from Western Fair District, The Lindsay Agricultural Society, and Feed Ontario. Judges will select one winner per category.

There are a variety of prizes to be won and no entry fee to participate.
Contact us at info@farmfoodcare.org to get involved! 
Share your memories of FFCO

Take our two question survey and share with us your best memories of 10 years of FFCO. Memories will be shared at our 2022 Harvest Gala event on November 17th, 2022 in Guelph.
Meet a member: Mike and Sally Van Straaten

"We became members of FFCO knowing that this organization was one that aligned with all of our commitments to food quality/safety, farming and sustainable agriculture as farmers ourselves.

By supporting an organization that builds connection and communication between the farmer and the consumer, we can build awareness and understanding that will help sustain the future of this industry. 

Recognizing that Farm & Food Care is an agricultural industry influencer, becoming a member was an easy decision for us."