11-Week Farm to Retail Workshop
Starting October 28, the Counties of Simcoe, Grey, and Bruce, along with the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre of Georgian College, are partnering on an 11-week Farm to Retail Workshop lead by the Food Venture Program to help farmers turn business ideas into finished products.
The Workshop looks at all aspects of the food development process, including:
Week 1 – Oct 28 – Food Trends for 2021, Idea Feasibility
Week 2 – Nov 4 – Competitive Analysis, Constraints and Channels
Week 3 – Nov 11 – Value Proposition, Business Plan and BMC
Week 4 – Nov 18 – Food Science, Recipe Development
Week 5 – Nov 25 – Sanitation and Food Safety
Week 6 – Dec 2 – Circularity and Sustainability in Food
Week 7 – Dec 9 – Food Packaging and Nutrition Labeling
Week 8 – Dec 16 – Branding and Marketing Your Food Product
Week 9 – Jan 6 – Financial Feasibility and Profitability
Week 10 – Jan 13 – Food Product Sales and the Art of Pitching
Week 11 – Food Labeling Software
Space is limited for this program and those interested in participating will need to submit an application by October 11, 2021. Successful participants will be notified by October 19 if they have been selected to participate in the program. Applications are available at https://hbec.wufoo.com/forms/kg4vxrl145hdqo/.
The program will be conducted virtually using Zoom. Participants will receive more information closer to the program start date. The program starts October 28 and runs until January 20, every Thursday between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. There are two weeks off for Christmas and New Year.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Business Retention & Expansion Study 2018
Regional partners undertook a significant study of the area's agriculture and agri-food sector to build regional and local Action Plans. The partnership group includes the County of Simcoe, Grey County, Bruce County, City of Barrie, City of Orillia, Georgian College and local business support agencies.
On November 28th and 29th, 2018, the County of Simcoe provided two report back sessions to survey participants and the general public about the results from the Agriculture and Agri-Food Value Chain Survey. A copy of the presentation and the final trends report developed by Ainley Group are available below for review. The County of Simcoe and our partners are working to develop future initiatives based on this Survey.
Simcoe, Grey & Bruce Counties Trends Report
March 12, 2019 - Regional County Agriculture and Agri-Food Value Chain BR&E Study and Work Plans
Agriculture and Agri-Food Value Chain Regional Work Plan
County of Simcoe Agriculture and Agri-Food Value Work Plan
The Simcoe County Agritourism Toolkit provides guidance for planning and developing an agritourism business in Simcoe County. If you are considering the addition of an agritourism component to your farm, the expansion of your existing operations, or just want to explore what it takes to get into the agritourism industry, then this Toolkit is for you!
The Simcoe County Agritourism Toolkit contains all the information you will need to help you decide whether agritourism is right for you. It outlines the steps you will need to take to add an agritourism component to your existing farm business or to help grow your existing agritourism business. The Toolkit is divided into four components based on a standard business development planning approach.
Holland Marsh Resources
The area now known as the Holland Marsh was originally simply a regular marsh. William Day, a professor at the Ontario Agricultural College, led the project to drain the area beginning in 1925. The process began with soil analyses and successful growing tests to prove the viability of the idea. The 28 kilometers of canals were dug to divert the Holland River around the area and the water flows are controlled through a series of pumps. The soil that remains is some of the most fertile in the country, able to support a wide variety of crops. Both the marsh and river are named after the first Surveyor General of Upper Canada Major Samuel Holland. There exists another 2,500 acres around the Marsh that are recognized as prime agricultural land.
The number of farms grew from the original 18 families in the 1930’s to almost 350 farms in the late 1970’s. Amalgamation of operations due to changing farming practices has increased the farm size while decreasing the number of farms to 125 today.
Produce is not only grown within the Marsh, but stored, processed and packaged as well, shortening the entire distribution chain and strengthening the local economy. There are several farmers’ markets located both in the Marsh and the surrounding areas that stock local produce, but it can also be found in grocery stores across the province and the nation.
Holland Marsh - Profile of Horticulture.pdf
Holland Marsh Growers Association
AgGrid: Resources in Simcoe, Grey and Bruce Counties Supporting Agriculture and Agri-Food
FINAL - 2021 AgGrid (March 1 2021).pdf
Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture
The Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture is 1 of 25 county/regional federations within the Province of Ontario.
Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture