November 2019
Food & Farming across the Golden Horseshoe
Our Serving Up Local project saw nine municipally-run long-term care homes in three different regions in the Golden Horseshoe collectively increase their local food purchases by over 23%, including a 124% increase in fresh seasonal produce and a 494% increase in new Ontario entrees!

How did this happen in long-term care homes that operate on a fixed and low raw food budget? The Serving Up Local II: An Economic Analysis project aims to answer this question!

This GHFFA and University of Guelph project, funded by OMAFRA, will launch with a webinar series for professionals wanting to elevate local food in healthcare.

Join the webinar with SCC Consulting and Halton Region Long-Term Care on December 5, 2019, from 3 - 3:30 PM EST to hear about the multifaceted strategy that led Halton Region to increase local food on their menus by 43%!

Cavaleiro Farm, a 65-acre farm in Schomberg, Ontario, is shining the light on solar energy’s versatile on-farm applications.

Antonio Gomes runs the York Region farm, and started building small solar energy systems on the family farm a few years ago. Now, he’s launching courses and online resources to share the cost-saving process with others.

Learn more on our blog here .
Caledon’s Pommies Cider Co. has been sold to Valens GroWorks Corp., a multi-licensed cannabis company. The acquisition will see cannabis-infused beverages and other products added to the popular product lineup. Learn more about the $6 million sale in this Caledon Enterprise article.
Are you a food and beverage manufacturer in York Region? Join York Region and the City of Richmond Hill on December 9th for a free business forum , and hear about solutions on how your business can reduce its costs and achieve bottom-line results by reducing its environmental footprint.
News from the Province
The Government of Ontario has announced it will help businesses in the province's agri-food sector improve their operations so they can continue to support jobs, boost the economy and bring more safe, high quality foods to local and international markets. Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the government has committed more than $6.5 million in funding to food processors and other businesses.  Read more .
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