Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2016 Regional Award Winner


Acres of Dreams

When the Chicken Farmers of Ontario introduced the new Artisanal Chicken Program, Patsy and Harold Schmidt became the first producers in Northern Ontario to benefit from the increased quota provided by the program. But taking their 300 free run chicken operation to 3,000 wasn't without hard work. The Schmidts acted quickly to find appropriate breeds, implement biosecurity, arrange for feed delivery and chicken transportation and contend with limited abattoir capacity. In doing so, they've created jobs, provided northern consumers with local chicken and built a profitable operation that has laid the groundwork for other northern producers to follow.


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