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Farmers strengthening local food hubs

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Representing the Kenora Organic Farmers’ Market (from left) Wilma Scott, Anita Rasmussen and Henry Rasmussen (of Kenora), offer food security researcher Phil Mount insight into farming food crops for regional northwestern markets. Photo submitted by NTAB

Regional farmers were invited to gather under one roof this past week to learn more about the role they play in an emerging local food hub and the advantages they have in production, marketing, distribution, and processing.

Hosted by the Northwest Training and Adjustment Board (NTAB) the event welcomed guests Dr. Connie Nelson, Dr. Mirella Stroink, and Cheryl Reid of the Food Security Research Network as well as Phil Mount, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.

The group is working on the emergence of local food hubs in Northern Ontario. The farmers told the research group about the strengths that the region has. This exercise was also completed in regions of southern Ontario and this was an opportunity to share a northern perspective. The event was also attended by representatives from the Northwestern Health Unit.

The meeting was held on Nov. 28, at the Best Western Plus Hotel.

By Dryden Observer Staff 

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