October 2019
Food & Farming across the Golden Horseshoe
The Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance has recently released a report on the Ontario Food Terminal (OFT):  A Priceless Hub in Ontario’s Food Value Chain .

By examining the Terminal and its role in providing fresh produce and horticultural products throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the report shows that the OFT is indeed a crucial contributor to Ontario’s food value chain.

We encourage you to read more on our blog , and access the report on the Research section of our website. The Executive Summary is also available to download as a separate document.
The Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance is continuing our work on local food procurement in Ontario’s long-term care sector with the launch of the project  Serving Up Local II: An Economic Analysis (SULEA). This is the second phase of our successful Serving Up Local project.

This research project is an economic study on the impacts of increased local food purchasing in Ontario’s long term-care sector that will offer learning events and webinars on topics related to local food procurement to staff in long-term care, and culminate in an online tool that will aid Ontario’s LTC homes to achieve and surpass local procurement goals within their budgets. 

According to a survey by TalentLMS, highlighted on the FoodGrads blog, 62% of employees in the food and beverage industry would leave their companies due to lack of training.

For more numbers from the survey, check out this infographic on the state of training in food & beverage businesses.
To support the  Waste Free Ontario Act , the University of Guelph’s Hospitality Services has introduced three new sustainability initiatives in their University Centre!

Read about their food court's waste reduction efforts here .
Calling all BPS Local Food Champs ! The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has launched a Broader Public Sector (BPS) Champions Program to provide BPS institutions the opportunity to voluntarily report on their local food purchasing targets, and be awarded certificates of recognition! If you're in the broader public sector, we encourage you to learn more here .
The Fair Finance Fund is continuing to accept loan applications on a revolving basis as long as funds are available — let them know right away if you are thinking of applying! The investment campaign is also ongoing to May 2020, with interest rates from 2-4% until then. In the Fund's first six months, $145,377 in loans were issued to entrepreneurs in the local food and farm sector! Learn more .
Do you have a pumpkin yet? Why not take in the autumn scenery and visit a local farm to get one right from the source?!

Find a Golden Horseshoe pumpkin patch near you with these maps and resources .

The attached picture is at Dyment's Farm in Dundas, where there's a pumpkin patch and family activities open until October 31st.
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