Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2008 Tweed Regional Award Winner

 

Quinte Organic Farmers Cooperative Inc. – Hastings and Northumberland Counties

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Ken Marisett; Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and MPP for Prince Edward-Hastings

Ken Marisett; Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and MPP for Prince Edward-Hastings

This group of certified organic farmers recognizes there’s strength in numbers. They pool their resources and work together to achieve efficiencies in marketing and production. The nine-member cooperative share knowledge, experience and expertise with each other and coordinate their production and marketing efforts. The cooperative brings local farmers together and provides local, organic food to the community. These innovators actively promote the co-op approach at farm shows, conferences and local farm meetings. They also plan to introduce an apprentice-mentorship program to help give young and new farmers a low-cost entrance into farming and marketing.  Farmers helping farmers - it’s an innovative twist to a trusted tradition.


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