Farm to Table: A Trendy Fad or Here to Stay?

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Farm to Table Forum

The Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), a division of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, is now ready to present the North-Central Food and Agriculture Market Study at three Farm to Table Forums in Algoma, Manitoulin and Sudbury.

In 2018, local partners and RAIN contracted Harry Cummings & Associates Inc. to get a snapshot of the region’s local food purchases from the perspectives of food service, retailers, processors, food programs and producers. The study asked:

  • What interests do businesses and organizations in Algoma, Manitoulin and Sudbury have in locally grown food?
  • What are the pros and cons of buying locally grown food?
  • What food items are businesses and organizations buying?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for the producer?

The Study is now ready to be presented to the community and the 225 food and farm enterprises and organizations that participated in the Study area.

Partners invite the community and participants to hear the results of the Study and network with other enterprises. These Forums are an opportunity to hear about successes in marketing food in the region. “These enterprises have many preferences and there is a lot of detail that suppliers require, depending on the product. With this Study, producers will be better positioned to plan how they can scale up production to meet market demand,” said David Thompson, RAIN Project Coordinator.

Algoma Farm to Table Forum

Tuesday March 19th 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Bruce Mines Community Hall, 9180 Hwy 17 E.

Bruce Mines RAIN and the Huron North Community Economic Alliance invite the Algoma community to hear the results of the Study and network with other enterprises. The Forum will include a presentation on an online platform for selling local food and a panel discussion with food and farm enterprises having success marketing food from the region, including: Shonna Saari (The Country Way) & Jane McGoldrick (J. Caroline’s). Registration for the Algoma Forum is available online on Eventbrite – RSVP by Mar 14th.

The Forums are sponsored by Algoma Cattlemen’s Association, Algoma Federation of
Agriculture, Community Development Corp. of SSM, City of Greater Sudbury, East Algoma CFDC, FedNor, LAMBAC, Local Food and Farm Co-ops, OMAFRA, and the Wikwemikong Development Commission.

With RAIN, the following partners identified a need to undertake a study to better understand
the regional market to increase regional food production, processing and purchasing: Bruce
Mines Agricultural Society, City of Greater Sudbury, Community Development Corporation of
SSM and Area, East Algoma CFDC, LAMBAC CFDC, Little Thessalon Farm, Local Food and Farm Co-ops, Mill Market Farmers Market, Mississauga First Nation, Northern Policy Institute,
Thessalon First Nation, and the Wikwemikong Development Commission.

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