Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2011 Regional Award Winner

 

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre & The Stop Community Food Centre - Toronto

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Photo of Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ahmed Bilal and Peter Mitchell

Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ahmed Bilal and Peter Mitchell

The Greater Toronto Area's culturally diverse communities expose us to great recipes from around the world. But making favourite homeland dishes can be a challenge when the produce needed is not locally grown or easily found. This project is helping Ontario farmers meet that demand. The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and The Stop Community Food Centre are working together to conduct farmer outreach and field trials on a variety of crops never previously grown in Ontario. There are now 14 urban community growing sites and five rural sites used for feedback, recipe development and taste tests for urban growers. As a result, more Ontario farmers are growing world crops and selling them at farmers' markets across the GTA. This project involves 300 people in rural-urban connections united by one goal: to help deliver fresh, locally grown ethno-cultural crops to urban communities.


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