Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2010 Regional Award Winner

 

Garden Party - Waterloo Region

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Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Theresa Schumilas

Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Theresa Schumilas

The Garden Party is a community shared agriculture (CSA) operation that grows a lot of organic vegetables, herbs and flowers on four acres in Waterloo Region. The operation was looking for ways to use its extra product and provide more of what its 50 members wanted, when it hit upon the perfect answer: a fully equipped, inspected kitchen that keeps CSA members coming back for more all year long. Because the farm operates on a small scale and can respond to members' needs, it offers salt-free, low-fat and low-sugar preserves and frozen foods. Garden Party is training other farmers on this new CSA model and has published a report on its best practices, which is available on the Canadian Organic Growers' website.


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