Building Manitoulin’s Ag-Infrastructure

The Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) will be hosting an information session on Tuesday July 29th, 7 p.m. at the Spring Bay Community Centre (92 Hwy 542, Spring Bay) on Manitoulin Island. With two new funding programs announced to assist Northern farmers with tile drainage projects and developing new products, RAIN is excited about developing farm infrastructure in Algoma and Manitoulin. …

Did you Eat Algoma?

Eat Algoma was a success! Thank you! The Rural Agri-Innovation Network thanks all of the partners, sponsors, volunteers, vendors and restaurants who made this first annual event a resounding success! If you missed it, check out what Eat Algoma was all about on this Local 2 segment or at the Eat Algoma website. Congratulations to the winning restaurant Low & …

Good Food Enterprises

Join Algoma Food Network and Speaker Alvin Rebick (FoodShare) to learn how communities, organizations and businesses can teach everyone how to cook while being sustainable through social enterprise. Saturday, May 31st 2014 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. St. Matthew’s Anglican Church 1643 Wellington Street East, Sault Ste. Marie After the presentation, join Algoma Food Network for their Annual General Meeting …

SSM Urban Beekeeping: Beekeeping 101 Info Workshop

April 26th, 2014 Algoma U Learn about Honeybees & Beekeeping! Come out and learn fun and interesting facts, handle an empty hive and equipment, and learn the basics of beekeeping. April 26th: 12:30-2:30 at: Algoma University – Doc Brown Lounge Free workshop & free parking too! For more information please contact researcher & workshop presenter, Laura Wyper at:    laura.wyper@algomau.ca Poster …

Increasing Access to Local Food in Sault Ste. Marie

Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) Local Food Survey Increasing access to local food in Sault Ste. Marie  As local food becomes increasingly popular, with more people demanding locally-grown in grocery stores, farmers markets and restaurants, the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) and Buy Algoma. Buy Fresh. seek to increase access to locally produced goods in our region. With producer input, RAIN has designed …

Seedy Saturday: March 1st, 2014

March 1st, 2014 Sault College, Essar Hall, M Wing (443 Northern Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, ON) Seedy Saturday brings together gardeners, farmers, seed savers, and citizens passionate about gardening, food security and the environment. Don’t miss the seed exchange, which is the highlight of the event. Come swap your saved seeds with local gardeners or buy heritage, open-pollinated and/or unusual …

2014 RAIN Symposium February 7th & 8th in Bruce Mines, ON

RSVP online here.  (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario) – January 16, 2014: The Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) today announced the upcoming RAIN Symposium, focused on agriculture and food workshops, to be held at Bruce Station Hall (pictured, right) in Bruce Mines this February 7th and 8th. RAIN identified cold-hardy fruit production as a topic of interest to Algoma growers. The annual …

Upcoming Events in Winter 2014

ALGOMA SOIL & CROP IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING January 15, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association Annual General Meeting will be held at The Bruce Station Hall. For more information please contact Murray Cochrane at scatacres@live.ca. ALGOMA MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING January 18, 2014 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. …

Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) and Buy Algoma. Buy Fresh. Seeking Volunteers to Conduct Local Food Research

Research Begins January, 2014 The Algoma Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) and Buy Algoma. Buy Fresh. are seeking volunteers who are out going, friendly and have a passion for a local food system. In January 2014, surveys will be conducted at various grocery stores and food retailers to identify purchasing trends and barriers to buying locally-produced food. Volunteers will encourage shoppers …

Nov 26th, 2013: Producer Meeting Tile Drainage & Storage Study

Join us November 26th to hear study results and next steps. The Rural Agri-Innovation Network, through Conestoga Rovers & Associates (CRA) with CG Trivers Ltd., has completed the Agriculture Tile Drainage and Storage Study: An Agricultural Engineering Analysis and Development Strategy for Algoma District The results will be shared with Algoma’s agricultural community on November 26th, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. …