Mensen Farm , See their Success Story below
november 16th

Along with OEMC 2019 being held September 11th to 13th, and building on the success of this past year's event, Ontario East is planning Economic Development Disrupted 2.0. This event will be held on February 28th and March 1st in Kingston. You will want to save the dates as well as include it in your annual budget.  See below for details regarding this dynamic event. 

And speaking about budgets, please note that the Ontario East general membership fee will be $275.00 for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Additional memberships under the same municipality will be $165.00. We are pleased to confirm that there will be no increase in our Sector Team fees. 


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Exporting to the E.U. Seminar 

Thursday, November 22nd  in Kingston

Did you know, the European Union (EU) is the world's biggest trading bloc and Ontario's second largest trade and investment partner? Or that 98% of tariffs are now duty-free since the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) Provisional Application went into effect a year ago. Are you taking advantage of this opportunity?

If you are an Ontario business interested in exporting to the E.U., this practical, hands-on seminar presented by trade and industry experts will give you a great introduction to getting your goods or services to the E.U.'s 28-member states and over 500 million consumers.

Developing your HACCP Plan -Workshop for Small Food Processors -  Registration Open

Wednesday, December 5th
at the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Health Unit, Smiths Falls

In partnership with the Town of Smiths Falls and with the support of the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, OMAFRA is offering a full day workshop for food processing businesses. 
The workshop is on Developing a HACCP plan (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points). 
This full day interactive workshop will help guide you through the process of developing a HACCP Plan specific to your operation.

Communicating Agriculture to Municipal Council 
Free Webinar

10:00am to 11:30am, 
Thursday, December 6th

How will you engage your new municipal council on agricultural issues?

Join this webinar exploring how municipalities can communicate the importance and significance of the local agri-food community. Examples include familiarization tours, infographics, forums and more. 

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Mensen Farm

DELTA - The family behind Mensen Farm knows the meaning of hard work, dedication and giving back to their community.
Susie and Garry Mensen started with a berry patch 25 years ago and have continued to expand their product line and reputation ever since.
Today, they offer an on-farm produce store, a seasonal gift shop, maple syrup and Christmas trees and are a vendor at markets in Gananoque, Kingston and Crosby. More than 500 Fraser and Balsam fir trees are sold each December. The 300-acre farm also produces cash crops, including soya beans.
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