Identifying Challenges and Opportunities for local food in the Post-Pandemic era

Restrictions, lockdowns, delays, shortages – these words have largely characterized peoples’ lives on a global scale since COVID-19 became widespread and the pandemic took hold.  We’ve become very familiar with the ways our own daily lives have been changed due to coronavirus, but the impacts certainly haven’t stopped there.  Our food systems have also been dealing with these effects both …

Innovation In Dairy In the Northwest

The Slate River Valley is a historical agricultural hub in northwestern Ontario.  Breukside Dairy Farm, Breukelman Dairy Farm and Jasper’s Dairy Farm are three of the many dairy farms that operate within this community in the Thunder Bay district.  To improve their operational efficiencies and profitability, the three farms were collectively looking to increase the yield of feed crops, extend …

Building a Circular Economy of Northern Fibre

Wave Fibre Mill (Parry Sound, ON) is excited to launch their new fibre processing mill, the first of its kind in northern Ontario, through the support of the Sustainable New Agri-Food Products & Productivity (SNAPP) Program funding for collaborations. The program supported their vision for a circular economy for fibre products in northern Ontario.  The new venture formed because of the excessive lead …

Innovation in Kapuskasing: Check-In to the Feed & Water Mootel!

Rogers Crop Enterprises is owned and operated by Selina and James Rogers. The Rogers family settled in Kapuskasing from Saskatchewan in 2017, where they have been applying their 20 years of agricultural experience to establish a farm in northern Ontario. A true family-owned business, Selina, James and their four children work on the farm and are involved in all aspects …

Introducing the Packsack Project

Today we’re excited to announce we’re launching a podcast with NORDIK Institute called The Packsack Project! It’s all about people that are building resilient communities in the rural, urban and remote places of Northern Ontario. We speak with leaders, farmers, entrepreneurs, chefs (and others!) who are inspiring change and overcoming complex challenges unique to the North. Why did we call …

Supporting CSA Farms Across the North

The Sustainable New Agri-Food Products and Productivity (SNAPP) Program supports Community Shared Agriculture. Farming in northern Ontario is not without its challenges.  Shorter production seasons, distance to markets and lack of economies of scale are just some of the challenges that can make business growth and profitability difficult for producers.  Northern farmers have had to find different ways to sell …

Hot Pepper Variety Trial-2021

In 2021, a variety trail was developed to look at five different varieties of hot peppers in two different locations in Algoma. These locations were chosen due to the availability of greenhouse space. The five varieties, with Scoville heat units (SHU) are as follows: Devil Serrano- 6,000 SHU Fresno 3429- 10,000 SHU Primero Red Habanero- 100,000+ SHU Helios Habanero- 75,000 …

Northern Cover Crop Innovations Webinar

Wednesday December 8th, from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Register HERE How are northeastern Ontario farmers using cover crops in their field crop rotations? What are the most successful cover crops for northern climates? What are the benefits and challenges of adding cover crops to field crop rotations? Find the answers to these questions and more at this comprehensive webinar for field …

SNAPP to Success: Innovation in Beef Farming on Manitoulin Island

The Martin family began farming beef in 1998, and direct market their products under their own brand -Pure Island Beef.  The brand sells both grain-fed and grass-fed beef as boxed cuts online as well as to local markets and butcher shops in the Sudbury and Toronto area. Innovation is something the Martins have been pursuing ever since they began farming …