- Greenbelt Fund Announces First Round of Grants -
BRADFORD, ON, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - Local food producer Cohn Farms is working
hard to get more of the great things that grow in Ontario from the
field to the kitchens of public institutions. Now, with funding from
the Ontario government, Cohn Farms will be able to expand their
offerings to provide more Ontario food to daycares, schools,
universities and colleges, hospitals and long-term care facilities.
Growing the amount of Ontario food in our public institutions will also
benefit farmers, the economy and our environment.
"Farmers are at the heart of our agricultural community. Through these
grants the McGuinty government is investing in a strong future for our
farmers and for agriculture. I want to congratulate Cohn Farms on their
work to serve the good things that grow in Ontario."
- Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
The funding for Cohn Farms and other grantees is being administered by
the new Greenbelt Fund via its program, the Broader Public Sector
Investment Fund: Promoting Ontario Food.
"Cohn Farms has identified a collaborative solution to help Greenbelt
farmers meet the unique needs of public institutions. From large and
small farm operations to distributors, the Greenbelt Fund is supporting
all levels of the food value chain to create a ripple effect of change
throughout the food system."
- Burkhard Mausberg, President, Greenbelt Fund
Cohn Farms is taking a unique and collaborative approach to supplying
the broader public sector with fresh Ontario produce. By building a
large co-packing facility, Cohn Farms will provide an opportunity for
up to 30 farmers to gain instant access to processing equipment. Cohn
Farms is taking a step to create a cluster of farmers that supply fresh
produce and meet the preparation and processing needs of broader public
"Our co-packing facility will allow us to provide a more diverse supply
of produce to Ontario's public institutions. We are excited for the
opportunity this grant is providing us and the farmers in the
- Keith Cohn, Cohn Farms
About the Greenbelt Fund:
The Greenbelt Fund is helping to increase the amount of Ontario food
served in daycares, schools, universities and colleges, hospitals and
long-term care facilities through its program, the Broader Public
Sector Investment Fund: Promoting Ontario Food.
With funding from the Ontario government, this program provides grants
to local food industry leaders, producers, distributors, food service
providers and public institutions working to serve more Ontario food.
Helping to overcome challenges, support economic growth and the
sustainability of agriculture in Ontario, the Fund will aim to create
systemic change to permanently increase the amount of local food in the
province's public institutions. For more information about the program
and grants, please visit www.ontariofresh.ca.
SOURCE Greenbelt Fund
For further information:
For more information or to book an interview, please contact:
|Julienne Spence |
Office: 416-960-0001, ext. 311
Office: 416-960-0001, ext. 300
Senior Advisor, Communications
Office of the Minister
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs