Ontario Local Food Fund Recipients

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Table of Contents

  1. December 24, 2015
  2. November 23, 2015
  3. December 12, 2014
  4. April 26, 2014

December 24, 2015

City of Guelph

The Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO) will receive up to $26,712 to provide small to mid-scale producers with market-specific training and information, and create opportunities for: networking with potential buyers, advanced level professional development to support the implementation of best practices, and informal sharing of best practices and collaboration among peers. The project will create one part-time job.

City of Kitchener

Nature's Mix will receive up to $23,387 to purchase new bagging machinery that will help increase production to meet increasing consumer demand for their products, which are made using locally-sourced oats, honey and maple syrup.

City of Kitchener

The K-W Working Centre for the Unemployed (The Working Centre) will receive up to $34,875 to develop a long-term sustainability model for their Hacienda Sarria Market Garden (HSMG) and GROW Gardens. HSMG and GROW supply Kitchener-Waterloo businesses and community kitchens with fresh, locally grown produce through direct sales, market days and a food share program. Project activities include an analysis of local market needs as well as the creation and testing of new products in the local market. The project will create one and retain two jobs.

City of Sault Ste. Marie

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre will receive up to $5,375 to expand their Rural Agri-Innovation Network's (RAIN) Buy Algoma Buy Fresh initiative that helps promote local food in Algoma. The project will pilot an online marketing platform, "The Algoma Table", which will connect consumers, restaurants, caterers, processors, wholesalers and farmers through social media.

City of Toronto

Evergreen will receive up to $73,705 to help host four local food themed events - Local Food Week event, the Blueberry Festival, the Harvest Weekend and the Holiday Market Weekend - that target community engagement around local food issues. These events will celebrate and showcase Ontario food, providing a gateway for attendees to learn more about the local food economy. The project will support 115 local food workshops that focus on educating and engaging children, youth, families and seniors. Evergreen aims to create four jobs.

City of Toronto

The Living City Foundation will receive up to $90,450 to support the Jane & Finch Local Urban Agriculture Network pilot project, which helps foster relationships in the community with the aim of promoting local food grown in an urban environment. Living City will provide materials and human resources for five initiatives - the Surplus Harvest Donation Program, the Jane/Finch Community Vegetable Gardens and Markets, the Black Creek Orchard Co-op and Jane/Finch Learning Orchard and Fruit Tree Services, the Tower Balcony Gardening Program, and the Intergenerational Skills and Land Sharing Program. 10 full-time jobs will be created.

Municipality of Clarington

Geissberger Farmhouse Cider Inc. will receive up to $76,500 to expand their mobile apple pressing service by purchasing a second apple press. The project will increase their own production capacity and help other apple growers create value-added products for their crop, helping increase their customer base. Four temporary jobs will be created.

Regional Municipality of Niagara

The Grape Growers of Ontario (GGO) will receive up to $85,000 for a GGO brand marketing strategy to help consumers identify wine made using 100% Ontario grown grapes. The GGO will work with wineries and retailers to encourage their use of the 100% Grown in Ontario symbol on their labels. The project will also include advertisements, posters, and photography as well as promotional materials and signage for festivals and events. One temporary job will be created.

Town of Cobourg

The County of Northumberland will receive up to $53,200 to support the first year of operations at the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre, an agri-food incubator and niche food processing facility. The 15,000 sq. ft. facility will provide designated areas for cooking, chilling, freezing and packaging/labeling equipment, as well as learning resources to agricultural businesses in east-central Ontario. The project will create four part-time jobs.

Town of Markham

The Markham and East York Agricultural Society will receive up to $23,257 to support their 'Our Local Food' project that includes the purchase of a portable local food demonstration kitchen for use at festivals, events and fairs in the Markham and East York Region. The kitchen will showcase local growers, processors and chefs, as well as the local food produced, processed and available in the region. One temporary job will be created.

Town of Markham

Top Tomato Foods Ltd. will receive up to $56,250 to retrofit an existing building with improved, eco-friendly cooling and icing equipment. The retrofit will help improve production through more automated processes, storage capabilities – helping increase harvest yields – and will act as a hub for other farms to get their products into the supply chain. It is expected that produce shipments will double by approximately 4,000 cases weekly, enabling retailers to carry local produce throughout the season. Six jobs will be created and 10 will be retained.

Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

King Cole Ducks Ltd. will receive up to $149,875 towards their "Local Food Promotion in York Region" project, which will help the company position their new retail outlet as a local food hub, promote their brand and increase their profile in the Ontario supply chain. The company will hold in-store and interactive campaigns, create a media campaign to promote the new store and brand, host post-secondary and community collaborations and events and invest in a new demo kitchen.

Township of Scugog

The Durham Farm Fresh Marketing Association will receive up to $10,000 towards the development of a 2015 growing season promotional program that focuses on local strawberries, blueberries, apples, corn, and pumpkins. The funding will also go towards seed support to help develop ethnic and unique food crops as an emerging new sector in the local industry. The project will retain two and create two jobs.

November 23, 2015

County of Lanark

Back Forty Artisan Cheese Inc. will receive up to $51,110 towards the installation of climate control technology and new cheese-making equipment, which will help them expand their product lines. The project will create nine and retain two jobs.

City of Hamilton

Common Ground, a teaching farm, will receive up to $14,000 to launch its Urban Homesteading curriculum to encourage small-scale production within urban and near-urban landscapes. The project includes piloting a series of canning and gardening workshops, agrotourism events and constructing a clay-cob pizza oven. The farm will also collaborate with other organizations such as Tastebuds, a student nutrition program in Hamilton, to offer elementary and high school presentations and workshops related to food literacy. The project will create one part-time and one full-time job.

City of St. Thomas

Railway City Brewing Company Ltd. will receive up to $53,314 to purchase shrink wrap labelling equipment that will allow the company to customize new beer can labels in a matter of days. This technology provides greater flexibility in promoting many of the specialty one-off and seasonal products that feature unique local ingredients, including maple syrup, honey, fruits and hops. The company will create 20 and retain three jobs.

City of Toronto

Hans Dairy Inc. will receive up to $123,412 to help market and introduce new products that conform to the dietary, religious, and cultural needs of Ontarians. Promotional activities will include sample tastings, tradeshow participation, advertising, product placement and social media advertising. Hans Dairy will also participate in the Ontario Student Nutrition Program Network, which provides healthy snack and meal plans to schools across Ontario.

City of Vaughan

Riverside Natural Foods Ltd. will receive up to $100,000 to purchase a bar cooling tunnel and bar forming line to expand production. Riverside uses local sprouted chia, quinoa and golden flax as well as organic, gluten free oats. The increased output will meet current and future consumer demand of their MADEGOOD sprouted bars that will result in additional demand for local producers. The project intends to create 10 full time jobs.

City of Vaughan

The Organic Food Delivery Corp. will receive up to $98,853 to create a virtual regional hub for sustainable, local food by creating an on-line farmers market, introducing a line of meal kits for easy home cooking that focus on Ontario-produced foods, and expanding the company's delivery area for more buyers in southwestern Ontario. The project intends to create nine and retain 14 jobs.

City of Windsor

Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island will receive up to $25,000 to establish a working group of eight regional farmers' markets, helping leverage marketing budgets and coordinate marketing efforts, programming and events aimed to increase local food sales. This coordinated approach will help increase customer loyalty and repeat visits, as well as cross-promotion for other related points of interest in the region.

County of Essex

Cooper's Hawk Vineyards Ltd. will receive up to $25,000 to purchase commercial kitchen equipment for its new multi-purpose building. The facility, committed to serving 100 per cent local food, will provide increased capacity for hosted events, provide a venue for chefs to showcase local food and support area tourism. The project will create 14 and retain 14 jobs.

County of Prince Edward

Hardie Wines Limited will receive up to $50,000 towards the purchase of specialized wine barrels and stackable tanks. The equipment will improve capacity and productivity while maintaining the premium quality of the product. The project will create one full-time job.

Municipality of Chatham-Kent

Crazy Eight Barn, a newly-established agri-tourism destination in southwestern Ontario, will receive up to $6,775 to create its "From Farm to Freezer" label and signage for their frozen soups and pies. The project will allow on-location processing of locally-sourced produce such as blueberries, sweet potatoes and mushrooms. Product labels will include the name of the farm from where the produce was sourced to encourage buyers to visit the farm and purchase more local products. The project will create one job.

Municipality of Huron East

The Huron Business Development Corporation will receive $9,500 to create the Huron Food Action Network (HFAN), which will conduct research and market analysis to help develop a brand strategy. The research will help support the emergence of a strong and unified local food system in Huron County. Through HFAN, farmers, producers and consumers have identified shared goals and strategies. The project will create one temporary job.

Town of Aylmer

Planet Shrimp Inc. will receive up to $237,216 to build a shrimp production racking system, tanks, and window enclosures for a bio-secure environment using exclusive advanced technology. This will enable the commercialized cultivation of marine shrimp on a large-scale indoor shrimp farm. This project will bring live, organic shrimp production to Ontario, creating a new market and fulfilling a market demand domestically. The project will create 15 and retain four jobs.

Town of Caledon

Southern Cliff Brands Inc. will receive up to $144,010 to purchase a canning line and filtration system, as well as carry out marketing activities for the production and launch of their new Pommies Farmhouse Cider. The project will improve efficiency and increase production to help meet rising consumer demand for Ontario craft cider, which is derived from 100 per cent Ontario grown apples. The company will sell Pommies branded items through an e-store where they will also promote their apple tree giveaway campaign. The project will create one part-time and two full-time jobs.

Town of Collingwood

Clear Valley Hops will receive up to $5,450 to purchase an increased capacity lacerator that will result in reducing the pelletizing time. They dry them at a low heat, pelletize, package, and flash freeze the artisanal hops within 24 hours of harvest. The project will create one temporary job.

Town of Grand Valley

Sheik Halal Farms Inc. will receive up to $168,048 to implement automation technology in the processing of Halal chicken. This project will help the company in providing a stable supply of local Halal poultry meat, ensuring high quality and food safety standards are in place while reducing costs. This project will create 10 new part-time jobs.

Town of Lincoln

The Vineland Growers' Co-operative Limited will receive up to $299,390 to convert existing cooler storage rooms to cold atmosphere storage for various fruits grown in the area. This temperature and humidity controlled environment will allow Ontario produce to be stored for longer periods of time for the local market. The project will create six and retain eight jobs.

Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake

The Exchange Brewery Inc. will receive up to $185,581 to purchase equipment for increasing production capacity of specialty beers made from local ingredients. Project activities also include equipment and video technology for the tasting room, as well as promotional and educational materials to build product awareness with consumers. The project will create 14 and retain 10 jobs.

Town of South Bruce Peninsula

LAMBlicious will receive up to $3,250 to increase the capacity and reliability of its supply chain to meet existing and growing consumer demand for local lamb meat and lamb products. Project activities include increasing freezer capacity, maximizing efficiency and offering a professional-looking local product.  

Town of Tillsonburg

The South Central Ontario Region (SCOR) Economic Development Corporation will receive up to $89,000 towards their SCOR FoodHub regional project, which gives producers within 28 municipalities greater access to markets across the region. Larger producers will act as hubs for smaller producers to help centralize products and sell them through an online ordering system. The project will help increase awareness of local food and its availability as well as provide local, cost effective options to purchasers. It will also help to increase sales and provide a means for efficient marketing and logistics planning throughout the region. 15 jobs will be created and nine retained as a result of this project.

Township of Emo

The Rainy River District Regional Abattoir Inc. will receive up to $39,037 to implement a regional food hub in northwestern Ontario. The project will focus on procuring, marketing and distributing local foods produced in the Rainy River District to communities in Thunder Bay, Rainy River, Kenora, Dryden, Sioux Lookout and Red Lake to meet increasing demand for local food in northwestern Ontario.  One temporary job will be created.

Township of Southwold

Van De Gevel Farms will receive up to $23,625 to install cold storage which will increase apple bin capacity at the farm. This project aims to preserve small batches in the bins, which extends the availability of produce to local consumers and retailers beyond the growing season. The project will create eight jobs and retain two part-time jobs.

December 12, 2014

Haliburton County

Abbey Gardens Community Trust will receive up to $31,726 to expand market opportunities for food networks in Haliburton County through market testing and research activities.

Hamilton Region

Plan B Organic Farms will receive up to $49,750 to retrofit an existing unused building at Plan B Organic Farms to develop a "farm to fork" organic teaching kitchen and develop value-add products.

Hamilton Region

Romarah Incorporated will receive up to $189,075 to expand the production and sale of locally grown organic food in southern Ontario through investments in warehousing, cold storage, logistics management software and value-added food preparation.

Kawartha Lakes County

Mariposa Dairy Ltd. will receive up to $500,000 to expand operations to meet increasing consumer demand and improve facility manufacturing efficiencies.

Kenora District

The Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op will receive up to $20,020 to hire a marketing coordinator to increase local awareness of Dryden's local food cooperative to ensure the continued supply of local foods.

Lambton County

The Inn of the Good Shepherd will receive up to $15,275 to increase fresh produce storage capacity and a mobile market summer produce delivery program to 11 Ontario communities.

Leeds and Grenville County

Ontario Berry Growers Association will receive up to $17,500 to develop new ways of promoting Ontario berries to young consumers and food bloggers through social media advertising, in-store and school contests and food blogs.

Leeds & Grenville County

Wendy's Mobile Market will receive up to $17,977 to expand its mobile local food delivery service to include the Ottawa area.

Manitoulin District

The Purvis Bros. will receive up to $28,350 for capital investment to increase Northern Ontario aquaculture by an additional one million pounds per year through the purchase and installation of new equipment.

Norfolk County

Uncle Tom's Farm Inc. will receive up to $78,850 to develop the Local Holiday Market Initiative, a pilot project to promote Ontario products and gifts throughout the holiday season.

Ottawa Region

Chefx will receive up to $27,930 to build capacity for an Ontario 'cooking convenience' service to increasingly feature Ontario-grown and produced ingredients on its weekly menus, helping bring its Ontario-food promoting service to a greater number of Ontario consumers.

Oxford County

Auvergne Farms Ltd. will receive up to $107,500 for capital investments for the production of packaged granulated maple sugar.

Oxford County

Bre's Sweet Corn will receive up to $8,709 for their "Keep it Cool" project to build a 12' x 24' cooler for enhanced corn storage.

Oxford County

Norwich Packers Limited will receive up to $31,792 to add more products and value-added processed items to the Norpac brand to enhance sales revenues.

Peel Region

Bagos Bun Bakery Ltd. O/A Sons Bakery will receive up to $29,194 to implement a traceability system with full Electronic Data Interface (EDI) for the production of buns and bagels to be supplied to McDonald's Canada locations across Ontario.

Perth County

Shepherd Gourmet Dairy (Ontario) Inc. will receive up to $331,416 to upgrade their feta cheese processing line with new-to-Ontario technologies to develop industry competitiveness.

Prescott & Russell County

The Cassel Brewery Company Ltd. will receive up to $27,510 for facility upgrades to increase productivity to meet consumer demand.

Prescott & Russell County

Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. will receive up to $354,500 to enhance their facility with capital upgrades to improve its production system.

Prescott & Russell County

The Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network will receive up to $55,500 for branding, packaging and promotion of Belgian Blue-White Cross beef from Prescott-Russell in eastern Ontario.

Simcoe County

Munshaw Farms Limited will receive up to $62,204 to retrofit their cold storage facilities to increase the supply carrots and onions to local packers and retailers in the off season.

Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry County

Lanthier Bakery Ltd. will receive up to $148,500 to promote a new line of bread produced in Ontario from all Ontario-sourced ingredients.

Thunder Bay District

1648819 Ontario Limited o/a L.A. Quality Foods will receive up to $108,025 to build on the current success of LA Quality Foods (LAQF) in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario and to develop its vertical integration with a value-added brand for local product.

Toronto Region

ChocoSol will receive up to $115,667 to develop a supply chain to support the production of fresh, healthy white corn tortillas and nachos made from Ontario grown and harvested ingredients.

Toronto Region

FoodShare Toronto will receive up to $203,000 to market and expand the Good Food purchasing and distribution program in Toronto and to support capacity building opportunities for other Ontario communities to begin or enhance their own local food distribution systems.

Toronto Region

FreshTech Processors Inc. will receive up to $206,800 to create a real-time e-commerce system for community agencies and student nutrition programs to buy locally grown or produced perishable food products directly from local farmers, growers and food processors.

Toronto Region

Greenest City Environmental Organization will receive up to $67,050 for a capacity-building project to improve access to and supply of local food by sharing knowledge, facilitating and leveraging partnerships and encouraging innovation in local food production.

Toronto Region

The Hospitality Workers Training Centre will receive up to $52,876 for research and pilot programs to look at new ways to incorporate locally grown food in Ontario institutions, restaurants and hotels.

Toronto Region

Montgomery's Inn will receive up to $88,556 to make local food from farmers available at historic Montgomery's Inn's location at Dundas St. West and Islington Ave. in Toronto.

Toronto Region

Richmond Station will receive up to $37,032 for equipment and technology upgrades to increase the production and supply of local food and marketing and promotion initiatives to educate Toronto consumers on the benefits of locally-raised meat products purchased directly from small Ontario producers.

Waterloo Region

The Brant County Brewing Company Ltd. will receive up to $87,040 for capital and site modifications to increase their brewing capacity.

Wellington County

100 Mile Food Services Ltd. will receive up to $75,450 to promote increased demand to encourage Ontarians to choose more locally grown and produced foods through improved Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software and cold storage.

Wellington County

The Everdale Organic Farm and Environmental Learning Centre will receive up to $21,455 to expand capacity to meet consumer demand for a new year-round vegetable delivery service.

York Region

Newmarket Meat Packers Limited will receive up to $209,250 to expand production capacity of their value-added boxed meat Ontario lamb and veal products.

York Region

Gro-Pak Farms Limited will receive up to $43,950 to upgrade their refrigeration system, helping increase energy efficiency.

York Region

Silani Sweet Cheese Ltd. will receive up to $77,750 to rebrand and promote their entire product line, promoting the use of 100% whole Ontario milk ingredients in the products.

April 26, 2014

Bruce County - South Bruce

Hoity Toity Cellars Inc. will receive $17,500 to help redesign their website, expand their online store and create promotional videos to market their "Outer Limits" wines, Ontario craft cider and new grape-based craft ciders. 

Bruce County - Municipality of Brockton

The Grey-Bruce Pork Producers Association will receive $3,375 to develop a one-stop information website that will provide real-time information on the availability of local pork products. 

Dufferin County - Town of Mono

The Children's Foundation of Guelph and Wellington will receive $44,645 to offer hands-on, curriculum-linked farm trip workshops for children and provide a fresh produce buying service through the Garden Fresh Box program.

Durham Region - Regional Municipality of Durham

Ontario Mushroom Farms will receive $4,149,064 to support the construction of an innovative new facility that will remove odours from the composting process. The project will involve staff training and include tours and industry information sessions to share best practices. 

Elgin County - Municipality of Central Elgin

Elgin County will receive $40,000 to attract more tourists by promoting their Savour Elgin agri-tourism program and developing a culinary guide for the LCBO's Food and Drink magazine. 

Elgin County - Municipality of West Elgin

The Arts and Cookery Bank, a not-for-profit organization based in Elgin County, will receive $12,500 to help research and develop a business plan for an e-commerce marketplace that will offer signature locally produced products. 

Essex County - Municipality of Leamington

The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers will receive $200,000 to promote the year-round availability of their cucumbers through in-store sampling programs, point-of-sales materials, broadcast and billboard advertising, and social media campaigns.

Essex County - Municipality of Leamington

The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers will receive $360,000 to help greenhouse vegetable growers in the Leamington region develop a promotional campaign raising consumer awareness of the great variety of home grown vegetables available at the beginning of the growing season.

Frontenac County, City of Kingston

Jessup Food and Heritage, Ltd. will receive $72,180 to support the creation of a regional wine tasting centre in Fort Henry, helping to promote tourism and educate visitors about more than 30 wineries located in eastern Ontario. 

Grey County - Town of Hanover

MacLean's Ales will receive $472,780 to build a new state-of-the-art brewing facility to increase production and grow the customer base for its products, made with local hops, malt and barley. 

Haliburton County - Township of Minden Hills

The County of Haliburton will receive $14,000 to research and develop a detailed culinary tourism action plan that will involve consultations and a mapping assessment to capture regional food and culinary tourism attractions.

Haliburton County - Township of Minden Hills

Boshkung Brewing Company will receive $111,500 to help expand its existing premises, retrofit the facility with craft brewing equipment and host a local farmers' market.

Hamilton Region - City of Hamilton

Mustard Seed Cooperative Grocery will receive $117,603 to helpsource, promote and educate consumers about local and seasonal food. It will create in-store promotions, develop menus and hold classes that focus on local food. 

Hamilton Region - City of Hamilton

Ojo Eat Local will receive $66,000 to establish an emporium and canning kitchen to preserve excess produce. It will include storage, a retail shop, and outdoor farm market stalls and will serve as an innovative hub to teach students and consumers about local food preservation.

Hamilton Region - City of Hamilton

Denninger's Retail Store will receive $137,718 to renovate its original location in downtown Hamilton with new refrigeration, shelving and display areas. The addition of new ovens, grills, and hot and cold food lines will make more local food products available to consumers.

Hastings County - Municipality of Tweed

Enright Cattle Company will receive $13,500 to revamp its website and create menu tags, decals, patio banners and trade show displays to promote its beef to restaurants and consumers. 

Huron County - Municipality of South Huron

Exeter Produce and Storage Company Limited, a family operated fresh produce grower and distributor, will receive $119,856 to develop a re-sealable bag for its Ontario green beans, ensuring that the produce is fresh, safe, convenient and easily identified as local food by consumers.

Kawartha Lakes County - City of Kawartha Lakes 

The City of Kawartha Lakes will receive $26,379 to hire a food system development coordinator to develop and run a series of networking and training opportunities, particularly in the areas of workforce development, and to conduct a feasibility study for a local food hub. 

Lambton County - Municipality of Lambton Shores

Ryan's Sweet Maple will receive $25,455 to buy and install innovative technology that will increase their maple production from about .75 litres per tree to 1.5 litres.

Leeds & Grenville County - City of Brockville

Halls' Apple Market will receive $82,750 to source products from up to 15 local farms so that families coming to pick apples and pumpkins will also have a variety of locally-produced food products to choose from, including quality homemade meals they can take home. 

Leeds & Grenville County - Separated Town of Gananoque

Gananoque Brewing Company will receive $111,000 to organize and promote a month long Harvest Festival starting in late August, which will feature  brewery, winery and farms tours, hop picking, mill visits and a country market. The festival will attract visitors, boost tourism and strengthen the market for local food and beverages.

Niagara Region - Town of Lincoln

Hipple Farms will receive $6,000 to help increase its cold storage capacity and better market and promote its fruit and grapes to consumers.  

Niagara Region - Town of Lincoln

Ontario Tender Fruit Producers' Marketing Board will receive $317,575 for a marketing campaign to promote local fruit through online contests, advertising and in-store sampling. Funding will also support networking events for retailers, growers and marketers to discuss new ideas to promote local food. 

Niagara Region - Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara Fruit and Vegetable Growers Ltd. will receive $17,650 to acquire new and improved cooling and refrigeration equipment to ensure that tender fruit from the Niagara region stays fresh longer for consumers. 

Norfolk County

Nightingale Farms Limited will receive $287,900 to install equipment and train operators for packaging of certain product lines such as beans, peas, okra, organic peppers and zucchini. 

Norfolk County

Norfolk Cherry Company Limited will receive $190,885 to retrofit its facility with new packaging technology and enhanced cooling capacity to meet growers' processing and packaging needs and ensure that consumers have access to locally-grown and processed fruit.

Norfolk County

The Norfolk Fruit Growers' Association will receive $32,187 to introduce the new "Ambrosia" apple variety to consumers by developing informative kits and digital media and in-store sampling campaigns.  

Northumberland County - Town of Colborne

The County of Northumberland will receive $490,000 to develop the Ontario Agri-food Venture Centre, an agri-food incubator and niche food processing facility. The centre will rent out cooking, chilling, freezing, packaging and labelling equipment, provide access to cold and dry storage space, and offer on-site business support services to producers.   

Ottawa Region - City of Ottawa

Bradley Wright will receive $33,500 to help an Ottawa-Carleton farm grow local vegetable varieties well beyond the traditional growing season for this region. The project will integrate a number of innovative practices and processes, including greenhouses that use heating and water conservation methods to save energy, increase efficiencies and maximize productivity.  

Oxford County -Township of East Zorra-Tavistock

Ken R. Mogk Custom Killing, a provincially licensed abattoir, will receive $90,612 to expand its capacity, to meet farmers' needs and increase the amount of locally processed cured and smoked meats available to consumers. The funding will support structural modifications and the acquisition of a new smoker and cooler. 

Parry Sound District - Town of Parry Sound

Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve Inc. will receive $8,744 to host a food forum and farm tour that will bring Parry Sound area producers and consumers together, create a local food directory, and help local food organizations develop a food buying policy. 

Peel Region - City of Mississauga

Ecosource Mississauga will receive $138,431 to improve access to local food in schools and make food literacy part of school programming through regional school food action hubs across the province. 

Peel Region - City of Mississauga

Ontario Federation of Food Cooperatives and Clubs will receive $73,492 to host a series of regional forums on local organic food co-ops and regional food hubs and support four targeted regional food co-ops with business planning, leadership and governance training.  

Peel Region - Regional Municipality of Peel

Kataria Foods International Inc. will receive$127,750 to market their ready-to-use Indian cooking sauces through trade shows, in-store samplings, a redesigned website and television advertisements. 

Perth County - City of Stratford

Monforte Dairy Company Inc. will receive $51,725 to develop a curriculum and run an eight-week training session that will serve as the prototype to establish a cheese making school. 

Perth County - Municipality of West Perth

Full of Beans, a bean processor, will receive $10,723 to purchase an automatic bagging system to process gluten free flour from beans and help market its products at trade shows.

Perth County - Township of Perth East

Walnut Hill Farm will receive $103,150 to buy automated meat slicing, portioning and packaging machinery and install a modern compressor and hydro upgrades to help the farm provide more quality meat products to consumers.

Simcoe County - City of Barrie

Green Valley Farms Inc. will receive $22,500 to enhance its delivery van with refrigeration and local food advertisements and establish an online "virtual farmers market" that will promote and sell farmers' products. 

Simcoe County - City of Barrie

Simcoe County Farm Fresh Marketing Association Non-Profit Inc. will receive $30,000 to develop a marketing plan, create video vignettes, develop local food experience packages and work with organizers of area events and attractions to encourage the incorporation of local food.

Simcoe County - Township of Essa

Cookstown Greens Inc. will receive $25,300 to develop a certified local organic fruit and vegetable production system and expand into new markets. The company will also plan marketing, promotion and education activities and enhance its website to offer online ordering.

Simcoe County - Town of New Tecumseth

AlbaLisa Gourmet Food will receive $24,500 to help create a new flour tortilla production line, increase take-out space, and research local corn varieties suitable for tortilla production to ensure that all ingredients of their all natural corn tortillas can be sourced in Ontario.

Sudbury Region - City of Greater Sudbury

Penokean Hills Farms Inc. will receive $248,400 towards their capacity expansion and traceability project, to help retrofit existing buildings in Sudbury and Echo Bay with freezer storage, purchase a freezer trailer for transporting product, and upgrade traceability technology to better track meat products from farm to fork.

Thunder Bay District - City of Thunder Bay

The Federation of Ontario Naturalists will receive $190,072 for their Forage North project to enhance harvesting and production capacity of forest and freshwater foods, and ensure that edible wild plants are identifiable and more widely available to consumers. The project will also foster the long- term sustainability of supporting ecosystems. 

Toronto Region - City of Toronto

Bucephalus Stables Inc. will receive $120,000 to help a small craft brewery in Toronto, Indie Alehouse, develop a new series of barrel-aged beers using fresh, all natural local fruits and local Niagara wine barrels. The Alehouse will retrofit an existing brewing area to build a cold room, develop a marketing campaign and undertake lab testing and research on local wild yeasts.

Toronto Region - City of Toronto

Cariporter Inc., an organization made up of professional organic farmers, will receive $6,950 to develop an online store and create promotional videos showcasing Ontario's organic food products. 

Toronto Region - City of Toronto

Food Forward Advocacy Alliance will receive $14,350 to research, develop and distribute a kitchen rental guide for local food entrepreneurs, create a commercial kitchen network and encourage the use of local food. 

Toronto Region - City of Toronto

Fresh City Farms, Inc. will receive $102,800 to help three partner organizations share a 10,000- square-foot warehouse space in Toronto and purchase and deliver products from small-scale producers and processors in the Golden Horseshoe area. The project will bring together Fresh City Farms, Inc., a city farm with a year-round 1,200-members strong delivery program; 100 km Foods Inc., an award-winning distributor of local foods; and Stasis Preserves, a preserves' maker for wholesale and retail markets.

Toronto Region - City of Toronto

Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation will receive $136,150 to launch their Farmers' Market Network project, which includes supporting 30 "local food celebrations" events hosting food sampling, demonstrations, children's activities, and educational programming on local agriculture, food and nutrition; and improving their website. 

Toronto Region - City of Toronto

The Great Ontario Food Company Inc. will receive $10,000 to create a local media awareness campaign to promote and market its "Ontario's own" brand of food products such as purees, stocks and preserves.

Toronto Region - City of Toronto

Life Choices Natural Food Corporation will receive $53,250 to promote itslocal grass- fed and fruit- finished beef burgers and hot dogs through print advertising, in-store flyers, demonstrations and newly designed packaging. 

Toronto Region - City of Toronto

Pasta Quistini Inc. will receive $142,500 to introduce two new production lines - "Flavours of Ontario" and "Ontario Eats" - and work with farmers to source and convert as many ingredients as possible in their existing frozen entrée product lines. 

Toronto Region - City of Toronto

Stonemill Bakehouse Ltd. will receive $147,000 to market and expand distribution of its Prince Edward County Rye Bread in Ontario, increase the use of rye grown in Prince Edward County in its other breads, and strengthen its supply chain with Ontario farms.

Toronto Region - City of Toronto

The Toronto Garlic Festival will receive $44,675 to support its annual festival, which will bring more farmers to the city to sell their garlic and educate consumers about the different varieties that are grown in the province. 

Toronto Region - City of Toronto (Head Office)

Peterborough County (Producer Partners)

Yorkshire Valley Farms Ltd. will receive $119,000 to promote their organic poultry products through an in-store promotion and sampling program and a promotional vehicle. 

Waterloo Region - City of Kitchener

J. Steckle Heritage Homestead will receive$14,021 to retrofit their existing kitchen and improve their building's interior with heating and insulation to allow it to host year-round cooking and gardening classes in collaboration with their local neighbourhood association. 

Wellington County - City of Guelph

The County of Wellington will receive $21,000 to develop information materials, organize a local food harvest celebration, create a local food video series and host online marketing and networking workshops for local agri-food businesses.

Wellington County - City of Guelph

Farm Start will receive $163,568 to pilot a training program for new Canadians in vegetable crop or livestock production, marketing and business development.

Wellington County - City of Guelph

The Organic Council of Ontario will receive $30,000 to help connect organic producers with retailers, build a local and organic food fair retail program, and develop a video promoting organic foods to consumers. 

Wellington County - Town of Minto

Reroot Organic will receive $7,100 to retrofit and improve the farm's handling, storage and freezer areas to help the on-farm store market its own products and those from neighbouring farms.

Wellington County - Township of Centre Wellington

Doug and Cecilia Cassie will receive $29,250 buy and install new machinery, renovate their sugar house, secure bulk storage and develop a branded label to help them to expand production and market their maple candy, sugars and jelly products. 

Wellington County - Township of Centre Wellington

Kitchen in the Park Project Elora will receive $1,182 to help complete a community project to convert the KIPPelora shed in Bissell Park into a certified working kitchen. 

York Region - City of Vaughan

P.S. Infinity Holding Corporation will receive $127,437 to help promote their locally-produced U-Be-Livin-Smart nutrient-dense foods through marketing, point-of-sale promotions and online channels.  

York Region - Town of Aurora

Windfall Ecology Centre will receive $35,343 to help expand, market and program its two-day Windfall Local Food Fiesta by hiring a local food program coordinator, bringing in celebrity chefs, enhancing their mobile kitchen theatre, and hosting culinary demonstrations under an additional tent housing up to 150 people. 

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