Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2011 Regional Award Winner

 

Nicholyn Farms - Phelpston

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Photo of Fareed Amin, Deputy Minister, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Lynda, Nick, Melissa and Shane Van Casteren

Fareed Amin, Deputy Minister, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Lynda, Nick, Melissa and Shane Van Casteren

The Van Casterens looked at the traditional pizza and hot dog fundraising lunches at their local school and thought "We can do better than that." They now offer daily nutritious and tasty local food lunches that are healthier for the kids. A pilot that ran for 20 weeks at one school has now expanded to serve five schools in the area, as well as staff at the local Ministry of Natural Resources and Public Health Unit offices. On average, the Van Casterens prepare 600 lunches weekly for these clients. The family expanded its own vegetable crop by five acres, and draws from the production of several other farmers in the area.


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