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2011 Leaders in Innovation Award Winner
Nicholyn Farms - Phelpston (Simcoe County)
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 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 has expanded its own vegetable crop by five acres, and draws from the production of several other farmers in the area.