September is Local Food Month!
The City and County of Peterborough have declared September as Local Food Month, and 2015 is the inaugural year of events and opportunities for the whole community. Farms at Work and Transition Town have co-sponsored and organized the month, along with community volunteers.
There are two ways that farmers can get involved: by registering for a booth at the Purple Onion Festival on September 20; and/or by participating in an Open Farms event.
The three farms already signed up to host Open Farms are inviting the public to visit their farm operations for a peek behind the scenes and a chance to meet the farmers. For a schedule of Open Farms, visit Local Food Month on Facebook. If you want to add to the roster of Open Farms by scheduling a tour at your farm, let us know by emailing email@example.com.
Eat Think Vote
Led by Food Secure Canada, Eat Think Vote is making food an issue in the upcoming federal election.
The Eat Think Vote campaign recognizes that agriculture in Canada is facing an unprecedented succession crisis. Half of the country’s farming population is over 55 and over 80% are looking to retire in the next ten years. The time to support new farmers and farmers transitioning to more sustainable forms of production is now. To read more on supporting new farmers, click here.
Eat Think Vote wants to see the creation of federal programs designed to reduce the barriers new farmers face in accessing land, capital and training, all of which are priorities for Farms at Work as well.
To find an Eat Think Vote event in your community, click here.
Registration Now Open for the 5th Annual Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference
Hosted by the Cities of Belleville and Quinte West, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. This year’s conference theme is “Creativity+Collaboration=Action”.
The focus of the conference will centre around innovative businesses and organizations that realize the value of collaboration to help pave the way to success. Participants will tour local food sites, collaborate with local food stakeholders, be inspired by speakers and network with peers and industry experts. Local food producers and others that support local food can now register for the November 4th Local Food Tour and Reception, followed by a full conference agenda on November 5th.
Online registration is open at eastontlocalfood.ca. Attendees can register for the full conference including the Quinte Region Local Food Tour and Reception scheduled for Nov. 4th.
CFO Artisanal Chicken Program – Sept 4 Application Deadline!
Prospective applicants who want to grow chicken in 2016 are required to complete an application form with details of their production, intended markets and pricing. Full compliance with the On-Farm Food safety Assurance Program (OFFSAP) and the Animal Care Program will be required to maintain biosecurity and industry standards which support the long term sustainability of the chicken industry in Ontario.
This new program will enable successful applicants to grow 600 – 3,000 birds per year.
The closing date for submissions for 2016 Applications is September 4, 2015. For full program details, and an application form, visit the CFO website.
The Baking Championship
Entertainment begins at 6 pm with headliner 2015 Wire Awards Rising Star Nathan Jackson, 2014 Snofest Idol, who has signed with LA record producer Greg Wells.
Nathan Jackson will play a set and some local princess fairies will mingle with the crowd, keeping in mind that the events are costume events!
Organizer Mary McGillis of Celtic Connection expects many costumed attendees:
Potential Shared Commercial Kitchen Space
Do you need a part time commercial kitchen space? Have you outgrown your home kitchen? Are you tired of lugging stuff in and out of a church basement? A Peterborough organization is considering setting up a commercial kitchen space and are looking for subleasees.
The ideal situation is a few people/organizations who can commit to a regular weekly shift (such as 1 day a week). There will be some space on site to store tools and ingredients if you are a regular user. There would be on site cold storage. There may also be the opportunity to bring in your own specialized equipment. Hourly rental may be offered if there is enough demand.
The space would be within the City of Peterborough and would be accessible. Might you be interested in such a space? The project can be reached through Jamey Coughlin at Peterborough Economic Development: (705) 743- 0777 x 2123 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Bocuse d’Or USA 2017 National Competition Applications Now Being Accepted
The search is on for the next Bocuse d’Or Team USA
comprised of young American chefs who, building on the support structure, confidence and experience of our board and coaches, will show the talent, tenacity and determination to win the Bocuse d’Or
in 2017. The deadline toapply is August 19.
Questions about the competition?
Click HERE to download the application
Do you have a food tattoo?
PolyScience wants to see it!
And you could win a PolyScience Chef Series Immersion Circulator!
Cook something, paint something, take a picture, get creative and show us your love for food!*
First Prize: Chef Series Immersion Circulator
Second Prize: PolyScience Smoking Gun and Classic Smokehouse Woodchips
Third Prize: An autographed first edition copy of Immersed- The Definitive Guide To Sous Vide Cooking
Maple Syrup Mentorship Filling Up Quickly
But there are still a few spots left!
The newest addition to our roster of hands-on educational programs,
the Maple Syrup Production Mentorship is designed to provide novice producers with
the skills and experience they need to get started with success.
Led by well-established maple producers
Marc & Diane Curle,
field days are set to run from October 2015 to April 2016 in Northumberland County.
Designed with beginners in mind, field days will focus on a wide variety of topics,
including: maple bush and woodlot management; types of production facilities and equipment;
proven methods of production, including maple syrup and other value-added maple products;
networking and industry exposure on a trip to an OMSPA Info Day;
and the economics and marketing of maple products in Ontario.
If you’re looking to add an enterprise to your farm business and would like to
Save the Date!
Ths Cities of Quinte West & Belleville are pleased to announce they will be presenting
5th annual Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference,
in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs.
This year’s conference will be held at the Travelodge in Belleville on November 4th & 5th.
The theme of this year’s conference is Creativity + Collaboration = Action,
and will celebrate the creativity of local food businesses, organizations and supporters of local food
as they work together to build a thriving sustainable local food system in Eastern Ontario.
The conference will provide opportunities for information sharing, learning from success stories
and gathering info on innovative local food businesses, projects and best practices,
and will also feature a Local Food Tour,
with various stops to illustrate recent successes in the agriculture and culinary sectors.
and like East Ont Local Food to keep up to date on the latest conference details.
Recycle Your Plastic Containers, Seed Bags and More!
There are now more opportunities than ever to recycle your ag waste products, thanks to CleanFarms.
Depots for free collection are located throughout east central Ontario.
Collect your recyclables starting now:
- Empty commercial pesticide and fertilizer containers over 23 litres
- (click herefor details and locations)
- Empty pesticide bags: paper, plastic and multi-material
- Empty seed bags: paper and polywoven plastic bags; regular and bulk bags
- (click here for details and locations here)
- Note: not feed bags!
Note that in 2016, CleanFarms indicates that collection will be available province-wide
for obsolete or unwanted pesticides and livestock medications.
Save these in a secure location between now and then!
Idle Land? Plant Trees!
Forests Ontario offers generous tree planting subsidies to landowners who qualify for the government of Ontario’s
Help Ontario plant 50 million trees by 2025.
A Forests Ontario Field Advisor will work with landowners.
For more information, contact the
Forestry Outreach Coordinator at 1 (877) 646-1193 x 239 | email@example.com.
Ducks Unlimited Canada
DUC is interested in partnering with rural landowners within
the Kawartha region (Peterborough, Northumberland,
City of Kawartha Lakes, Ganaraska Region)
who have existing wetlands that may be providing
cavity nesting opportunities for wood ducks,
common goldeneye and hooded merganser.
These ducks traditionally nest in tree cavities,
so DUC is working with landowners
who are interested in installing nest boxes on their properties for waterfowl.
For more information contact
Jenn Lavigne (705) 721-4444 x 245 | firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel with The White House Chefs to Italy
Cooking classes, cheese making, painting, wineries and more!
Three Italian-Americans introduce an unbeatable combination
Travel to Naples and the Amalfi Coast designed by three Italian-Americans with Italian roots!
Join The Presidential Culinary Museum ™
and Presidential Service Center a DBA of The Inn of the Patriots,
LLC and discover Italy and real Italian food without the fake items mass marketed to the public today.
Experience the truth of mouth-watering cuisine, homemade pizza doughs,
making our own Limoncello in a class (with the world known lemons of this region), exacting regional cheeses,
local San Marzano (the most well-known and written about tomato of the area) tomatoes and cry with a glass of vino or Prosecco because it is so good.
This will be en emotional, social journey of a lifetime.
Filming of the newest TV series featuring the White House Chefs and Iron Chef America Judge and Italian Culinary Expert, Mario Rizzotti,
will encompass any guest that would like to appear on the show.
At night, LUXURIATE in a world class villa perched over the cliffs of the Mediterranean sea
near Naples owned by Mario and his cousin Nello Oliviero.
The owners welcome you to enjoy each room overlooking the sea – every single room does!
Lets make buffaletta mozzarella by hand,
homemade pizzas, paint at night with a glass of wine and send home your masterpiece as well as visit the wineries and toast together…
Enjoy Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii, the gorgeous Amalfi Coast, Sorrento –
the land of sirens which enchanted Homer, Naples (Napoli) or the Isle of Capri by hydrofoil to mention just a few.
- May 14 – 21 or October 15 -22, 2016 – $5,900.00 pp
Always a perfect balance of personal time, cooking & farm classes.
Please let us know about renewing your wedding vows in a group ceremony!
As featured on Edible Destinations by Epitourian.
Private groups throughout the year also welcomed.
Every Saturday Year Round
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Located in the Morrow Building
George & Lansdowne Street, Peterborough