Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2017 Regional Award Winner

 

Greenbelt Farmers' Market Network, Toronto

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MPP Laura Albanese and Anne Freeman

MPP Laura Albanese and Anne Freeman

The Greenbelt Farmers' Market Network knows that small investments can yield big results. That's where their new micro-funding program comes in. The initiative covers up to 50 per cent of equipment costs for new projects. In 2016, that support helped 33 successful applicants expand their product offerings, attract new customers, scale up production and hire new employees. For example, a grower from Brampton used the micro-funding to transform an old pop-up tent trailer into a kitchen trailer to sell farm-to-fork, ready-to-eat meals at farmers' markets. The investments are modest, but the impact felt by participants and consumers is vast with a reported nearly half a million dollars of sales impact in 2016.


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