Local Farmers Recognized for their Innovations
The following are recipients of the Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence - regional awards:
RAINY RIVER DISTRICT:
Cornell Farms - Devlin
Cornell Farms in the Rainy River District has shifted to direct marketing to better respond to consumer demand. Kim Cornell developed a marketing approach that included branding, the use of a wireless Visa/Debit machine and a range of new beef products that incorporate other local products such as wild rice. As well, consumers have responded in kind, increasing their purchases of beef products at the local farmers' market.
THUNDER BAY DISTRICT:Gammondale Farm - Thunder Bay
If you build it, they will come. Susan and Gerald Gammond are constantly adding agri-tourism activities to attract families, students and tourists to their traditional produce farm. On top of growing strawberries, pumpkins, squash and gourds, they offer a variety of fun and educational experiences that promote the environment, healthy lifestyles and nutrition, and agricultural awareness. Activities that celebrate different seasons and holidays continue to bring people to the Gammondale Farm, rain or shine.