Food and Agriculture Economic Development Forum - March 5th, 2019
On this page, you'll find all the links and documents related to the Food and Agriculture Economic Development Forum held on March 5th, 2019. This event brought together stakeholders from all corners of Haliburton County's food sector to discuss the local food system and identify strategies to help it thrive.
We are pleased to share with you the follow-up reports from the day. We know that these are busy times for Haliburton County's food sector, so we've produced two versions of the Forum Report: a full report with details about the day's agenda and how the event was created, and a second report that includes just the outcomes and action plan that resulted from the event. Please download either of the reports here:
HH is also very pleased to share the results of the work done by Faye Adamson and Kate Hall who took a close look at agriculture and food production in Haliburton County and compared it to what the Census of Agriculture has to say. That report can be downloaded here:
Many thanks to the Haliburton County Development Corporation's Local Initiatives Program for generously supporting the dissemination of these reports.
The Ignite Presentations
The Forum ignited with 16 brief presentations highlighting many of the food and agriculture assets and resources available in Haliburton County. We are grateful to Kim Curran of the HKPR Health Unit for video recording the Ignite sessions during the Forum's morning program. Links to each of the presentations can be found below:
Abbey Gardens - Heather Reid In this 4-minute video Heather Reid, Operations Director with Abbey Gardens shares the dreams and challenges of converting a gravel pit into a food hub and much more to support the local economy. Abbey Garden’s goal is to be a place to demonstrate, experiment, support research, support local efforts and education around food.
Food Tourism and County Haliburton - Mike Rutter and Amanda Virtanen In this 5-minute video, Mike Rutter, CAO/County Clerk and Amanda Virtanen, Director of Tourism for County of Haliburton describe the importance of food and culinary tourism at the county level. Strategies and events involving food are highlighted along with marketing plans.
Graham's Farm Market - Andrew Graham In this 3-minute video, Andrew Graham, owner and operator of Graham’s Farm Market shares his experience with farming on the Graham homestead. He provides great advice on what is required to support a local farm in Haliburton County.
Food And Agriculture in Haliburton County: Looking Beyond the Census - Kate Hall In this 4 ½ minute video, Kate Hall, Research Consultant describes the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs County Profile data for agriculture, food and businesses. She highlights some of the key findings from the food and agriculture census data for Haliburton County. Plus, she explains why Harvest Haliburton contracted her and Faye Adamson to look beyond the census data by carrying out focus groups with key stakeholders to paint a true picture of food and agriculture for Haliburton County.
Harvest Haliburton - Rosie Kadwell In this 6-minute video, Rosie Kadwell, Chair of Harvest Haliburton provides a historical overview as well as the mandate and goals of Harvest Haliburton.
SIRCH Community Services - Gena Robertson In this 5-minute video, Gena Robertson, Executive Director of SIRCH, raises awareness around food insecurity and outlines the programs and training they provide to increase employment opportunities.
Rhubarb Restaurant and Boshkung Bewing Co. Ltd. - Lila Sweet In this 5-minute video, Lila Sweet, employee of Rhubarb, talks about the value of serving and sourcing local food and the demand for procuring more. Rhubarb is the only restaurant in Haliburton County to have achieved the Ontario Culinary Alliance Feast ON Designation.
Fresh @ Killara Station - Randy MacDonald Randy MacDonald, Owner and Operator of Fresh @ Killara Station was one of the presenters. In this 5 ½ minute video Randy outlines the niche businesses he and his wife are operating on their farm.
HCDC - Autumn Wilson In this 2 ½ minute video, Autumn Wilson, Program & Operations Coordinator with Haliburton County Development Corporation shares all the services, grants and loans available to support local businesses.
OMAFRA - Catherine Oosterbaan Catherine Oosterbaan, Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) was one the ignite speakers and outlines her role, the resources and specialists available at the agriculture information contact centre to assist food producers and processors.
Our keynote presenters, OMAFRA's Chief Economist Steve Duff, and OMAFRA Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor Heather Candler were kind enough to share their slide presentations. Please download these presentations below:
We heartily thank our Keynote Speakers and Event Facilitators, who did a great job providing valuable information and keeping the discussion lively:
Heather Candler - Agriculture and Rural Economic Advisor with OMAFRA: Heather Candler works with rural communities and organizations on community economic development and innovative agricultural initiatives. Heather has worked in economic development for over 20 years with the private, public and not for profit sectors. She holds both an M.Sc. in Rural Planning & Development from the University of Guelph and a B.A. from Carleton University.
Stephen Duff - OMAFRA's Chief Economist: Coming from a dairy and beef background in Northumberland County, Steve completed a Masters in Ag. Economics from the University of Guelph in 1996. Steve joined OMAFRA in late 1997 after a year as a policy researcher with the Dairy Farmers of Ontario. Steve is an adjunct professor in agricultural economics at the University of Guelph. Steve and his wife Robyn also operate a beef and cash crop operation near Colborne Ontario.
Lisa Tolentino - Facilitator & Healthy Communities Consultant Lisa has worked within the health, social, economic and environmental sectors doing community development and capacity building for over 25 years. Through her professional and volunteer capacities, she has conducted research, planning, policy development, community engagement, facilitation, consultation and collaboration on food issues both locally and across Ontario. Lisa presently lives with her family in the Haliburton Highlands, where she likes to grow, prepare and of course eat local food.
Catherine Oosterbaan - Agriculture and Rural Economic Advisor with OMAFRA: Catherine Oosterbaan joined OMAFRA in 2015 as an Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor serving Haliburton County, Simcoe County, and Muskoka District. In this role she supports rural communities and organizations to identify, implement and measure economic development activities. Catherine holds graduate degrees in both Geography and Local Economic Development and is a Certified Economic Developer with the Economic Development Association of Canada and the International Economic Development Council.
Amanda Virtanen - Director of Tourism, Haliburton County: Amanda Virtanen is the County of Haliburton’s director of tourism. She also chairs the boards of the Culinary Tourism Alliance and Ontario’s Highlands. Amanda has over two decades of experience in marketing and branding for international companies.
Jocelyn Beatty - Rural Planner with OMAFRA: Jocelyn Beatty is one of five Rural Planners with OMAFRA, and has been in this position since October 2016. In her role she provides support in interpreting provincial policies relating to prime agricultural areas, covering both the Northwest and Central East regions of Ontario. Before coming to the Ministry, Jocelyn worked at Long Point Region Conservation Authority and has experience developing research projects that have looked at food insecurity in small communities as well as Indigenous participation in collaborative land use planning.
Andrew von Zuben - Owner and Operator of Bedrock and Brambles: Andrew von Zuben is building a small-scale diverse family farm with his wife Kira and their three children. Andrew’s small business, Bedrock & Brambles, offers Gold-Laced Wyandotte heritage chickens, registered Nigerian Dwarf goats, organic livestock feeds, alternative agriculture consulting, and hands-on workshops meant to inspire people to grow and process their own food. Andrew is also active in community development volunteer work including Harvest Haliburton, Haliburton Culinary Tourism Taskforce, and the Highlands East Environment Committee.