Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2009 Regional Award Winner

 

National Farmers Union Local 316 – New Farm Project – Gananoque
(Frontenac County, Lennox and Addington County and City of Kingston)

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Brian Burt, Dianne Dowling, Ian Stutt, Peter Dowling, Miguel Hahn, MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West Lou Rinaldi and Andrea Cumpson

Brian Burt, Dianne Dowling, Ian Stutt, Peter Dowling, Miguel Hahn, MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West Lou Rinaldi and Andrea Cumpson

Breaking into farming is not easy, and the farming population is aging.  By bringing together established farmers with new farmers, this eastern Ontario group has found a winning combination for making a brighter future for its local agri-food industry.  During the summer of 2009, nine mentors hosted 16 interns.  Six workshops were held on host farms where the new entrants were able to network and learn the ropes about sustainable farming practices.  In addition, micro-financing was extended for supplies and equipment to both the new and established farmers.

 


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