Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2015 Regional Award Winner


Stratford & District Agricultural Society

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Ron McKay, Alicia Horne, MPP Kathryn McGarry

Ron McKay, Alicia Horne, MPP Kathryn McGarry

For the better part of two centuries, the Stratford & District Agricultural Society has raised awareness about agriculture at fairs and farm shows. But in the early 2000s, the organization started to feel the financial pinch of maintaining a large facility for its events. So when the City of Stratford was planning to build a new recreation facility, the Society pitched a novel partnership idea to share the space. The multi-use facility now accommodates a variety of agricultural events and a weekly farmers' market over the summer months. Come winter, it is transformed into a state-of-the-art indoor sports facility. The forward-thinking partnership has cut utility expenses by more than $80,000, revitalized the farmers' market and provided the organization with new and growing revenue streams.


Creation Date: 09 November 2015
Last Reviewed: 09 November 2015