The Ontario government is investing $500,000 in 19 projects that will bring more local food to consumers. Two of these projects involve horticulture.
The Grape Growers of Ontario will receive $20,000 to partner with Metro and Food Basics grocery stores to promote the availability of VQA wines at 10 retail locations. The promotion will distinguish VQA wines as 100% Ontario grape wines, profile local grape growers and directly engage with shoppers.
The Norfolk Cherry Company Ltd will receive $40,000 to partner with Norfolk Fruit Growers’ Association to retrofit its storage facility to accommodate growing cold storage needs of local apple growers. Cherry production enjoys a relatively short season with the facility going unused much of the year. This project addresses a shortfall in storage capacity for local apples while maximizing the use of Norfolk Cherry Company’s facility.
Ontario agriculture minister, Jeff Leal, made the announcement at the start of Ontario Agriculture Week. The Local Food Investment Fund is administered by the Greenbelt Fund.
Source: Greenbelt Fund September 29, 2017 news release.