Supporting Local Food in Northern Ontario

Katherine Howes
2017 Rural Review: Ontario Rural Planning, Development, and Policy  
In attempting to understand the challenges faced by Northern Ontario with regards to locally produced food, this research is focusing on inventorying the existing production and distribution services available to farmers in Northern Ontario. Working with several Northern Ontario organizations including RAIN (Rural Agri-Innovation Network), NOFIA (Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance), Northern Producer Animal Health Network, OFA and OMAFRA, a directory of these services ranging from
more » ... ranging from production level services (veterinarians, crop advisors) to value added services (dairies, creameries) to distribution and retail services will be compiled to both identify where gaps in services exist and to also inform existing and potential Northern Ontario farmers of the existing services available to them. This project will attempt to link not only producers and distributors but also various communities through a networked approach. It will also identify systems currently in place to produce and distribute food and will identify best practices for increasing access to local food.
doi:10.21083/ruralreview.v1i1.6077 fatcat:7ew5pddr4rbzhpuapefkbtiwcm