Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2017 Regional Award Winner

 

Abbey Gardens, Haliburton County

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MPP Lou Rinaldi, Heather Reid, David O'Brien and John Patterson

MPP Lou Rinaldi, Heather Reid, David O'Brien and John Patterson

In a former gravel pit in Haliburton County, veggies are flourishing, honeybees are buzzing and heritage chickens scratch and peck. Opened in 2009, Abbey Gardens features community gardens, a farmer's market, an on-site brewery and cooking and gardening classes. The gardens have become an innovative space that house two alternative energy buildings, research facilities for Trent University and Fleming College and business space for start-ups. This not-for-profit organization has developed the site to create economic and recreational opportunities for the community. It's a formula that has proved highly successful, boosting tourism, stimulating local business and creating more demand for local food.


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