​​​​​​​​​​​​​Agricultural Resources​​​​

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​​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.

Presentation

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​


​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

AgGrid 2020 FINAL with Cover (August 20 2​020).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​