A toolkit for communities is now available to guide them through potential activities, key performance metrics, funding opportunities, and ways to collaborate to support the agri-food sector. It’s the result of a project led by the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and partners.
The project aims to increase local food sales, provide new opportunities for local producers for value-added agriculture, enhance agri-tourism and culinary tourism opportunities, and elevate the brand of local agricultural products.
The Always in Season Toolkit can be used nationwide. It includes many tips, templates, and innovative ideas for communities to initiate, particularly during events such as Local Food Week, Ontario Agriculture Week, Canadian Agricultural Literacy Month, Canada’s Ag Day, and Food Day Canada.
“There are so many great initiatives already happening across Ontario and Canada to support agriculture and food,” said Keith Currie, OFA president. “We know there are communities that support farmers and want to help. We hope this Toolkit sparks new ideas and a new way of thinking about agriculture, food and agri-tourism as an economic driver.”
OFA is proud to partner on this project with the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance, Greenbelt Foundation, South Central Ontario Region Economic Development Corporation, Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance, Greenbelt Fund, Meat and Poultry Ontario, Rural Ontario Institute, Food and Beverage Ontario, Rural Agri-Innovation Network, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association, Ontario East Economic Development Commission and Farm and Food Care Ontario.
To learn more and access the toolkit, visit ofa.on.ca/AlwaysinSeason.
Source: Ontario Federation of Agriculture July 29, 2020 news release