Fresh Approach To Farming In Hamilton Region
McGuinty Government Supports Local Food, Creates Jobs
A joint farming and education centre in Flamborough will help promote locally grown food, support local farmers and create jobs.
With support from Ontario's Rural Economic Development Program, the renowned Ancaster Mill restaurant is teaming up with its executive chef Jeff Crump to plan an innovative new farm in Flamborough called the "Earth to Table Farm: Agricultural Education Centre." Once operational, the farm will:
- create up to 35 jobs
- grow high quality organic food
- distribute locally grown food to consumers
- educate the public about sustainable farming and local cuisine
A strong agri-food industry is part of the McGuinty government's Open Ontario Plan to create jobs and opportunities that will boost the province's economy.
- Ontario is investing $97,500 in this project through the Rural Economic Development Program.
- Ontario has invested more than $154 million in 383 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program and generated more than $1.1 billion in new economic activity.
- Over the last couple of months, Ontario had an increase of 38,000 jobs and the unemployment rate declined to 7.9 per cent.
“This exciting new plan for a local farming and education centre is an important step in making sure that even more of the good things that grow in Ontario end up on our tables and forks. The McGuinty government is proud to support this project because it will not only support the farmers of today, but it will help encourage new farmers for tomorrow.”
“I'm extremely happy to be welcoming this project to our community. Not only will it spread the word about our delicious local cuisine, it will further establish our community as a great local food destination.”
“The Government of Ontario's investment in this project is a vote of confidence for the local food movement and for sustainable farming. By developing environmental, architectural, and business plans, we are laying the groundwork for a local food hotspot here in the Hamilton region.”