MILTON, Ont. — Ontario is investing $6 million over three years to increase local food sales by making it more widely available and building awareness of the variety of food grown and produced in Ontario. The funding goes to the Greenbelt Fund, a non-profit organization that encourages consumption of local food in the Greenbelt and across Ontario.
Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement yesterday at Fresh City Farms in Toronto’s Downsview Park. “Agri-food is one of Ontario’s great success stories,” said Wynne. “Our farmers produce an extraordinary variety of fresh, local food that helps make Ontario a great place to live. This investment will help sustain the vibrant farm economy we are so proud of — while helping more people enjoy fresh, local food.”
The investment will support projects in the broader public sector, including schools and hospitals, to buy and use more Ontario foods; workshops and advertising in print and trade media, celebrate local food champions, leadership and innovation; improve food literacy and access to local food; and new tools on Ontariofresh.ca, the Greenbelt Fund’s online platform, to help connect local food buyers and sellers.