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Mississauga

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Join Farm & Food Care Ontario for this year's farm tour program. Slated for Tuesday, June 12, 2018, this annual event highlights the variety of Ontario farms, as well as the challenges, opportunities and technological innovations behind our food.

All food writers and bloggers, dietitians, professional chefs, culinary instructors, recipe developers and home economists are encouraged to join Farm & Food Care for a day in rural Ontario. there is no charge to participate - but space is limited.

The coach will leave from a Mississauga car pool site at 8:30 a.m. bound for a full day tour, returning at approximately 5 p.m.

HIGHLIGHTS WILL INCLUDE

Andrew and Lindsay Elgersma raise their children and 10,000 hens on their family farm near Elora, Ontario. The farm has been in Andrew's family since the early 1850's and Andrew's parents raise beef cattle nearby. They were able to become egg farmers in 2015 through a New Entrant program which helps to encourage new egg farmers in Ontario. Currently, the farm uses an enriched housing system where hens are housed in smaller, more naturally sized groups with nest boxes, scratch pads and perches to allow them to exhibit natural behaviour. this will be the industry standard in Canada by 2036.

Taste of Ontario gourmet lunch Featuring fresh food from local farms.

Canola was developed in the 1970s and is now the culinary oil of choice for millions around the world. It's a versatile crop - known for its heart-healthy benefits, affordability, and high smoke point. Canola oil can also be processed into biodiesel. The remaining canola meal is used for animal feed, pet food and fertilizer. A speaker at lunch will talk about the success, uses and diversity of this made-in-Canada crop.

Bean Research Program, University of Guelph- Canada has become the world's largest exporter of lentils and peas and one of the world's top five exporters of dry, edible beans. A stop at two, we'll visit the world-renowned Elora Research Station, operated by the University of Guelph since 1969. There, the Ontario Bean Growers will join some of the University's crop scientists who take you into the field to talk about the work that goes into breeding new varieties of beans. Weather permitting, you'll watch the planting process and tour the station's field crop research trials.

Other highlights include a welcome tail-gate party, door prize trivia contest, and opportunities to meet passionate people working in agriculture.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

  • Burnbrae Farms

  • Egg Farmers of Ontario

  • Ontario Bean Growers

  • Sask Canola

Space is limited to the first 50 guests.

Questions? Email info@farmfoodcare.org

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