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Celebrating farmers during Local Food Week

Celebrating farmers during Local Food Week

Industry members will discuss ag and share stories on social media

By Kaitlynn Anderson
Staff Writer
Farms.com

This week, Ontarians will celebrate farmers and locally grown food for the fifth annual Local Food Week.

The event, which was established under the Local Food Act, 2013, encourages producers, consumers, businesses and government partners to promote and discuss Ontario-grown food, the AgScape website states.

From today until June 10, members of the agri-food industry can participate in the event in many ways.

“Farmers can share what they’re doing through social media and websites,” Catherine Reining, program and resource manager with AgScape, told Farms.com today. “They can also reach out to their local ag societies and schools to start the conversations about local food.”

Some farmers and organizations have already started the discussions on these platforms with the hashtag #loveONTfood.

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This week is important for the province’s agricultural industry.

“It allows us to showcase Ontario (agriculture) and the food that we produce,” Reining said. “A lot of times, consumers don’t always know a lot about where their food comes from or understand that they can source it locally.”

This event can provide people with a better understanding of local food and its seasonality, she added.

For more information on how you can become involved in Local Food Week, visit the Ag Scape website.

Elementary and secondary school teachers can access resources to educate their students about Ontario agriculture as well.

 

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