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CCAGR Actively promotes Local Food Movement among New Canadians!

Hamilton, ON, Victoria Italiano

The local food movement is becoming increasingly popular in many areas all over the world, especially in Ontario. Many people are opting to buy locally which leaves various farmers and markets happy. The next step for local farms is to increase exports globally, and improve business connection worldwide.

On May 12 2012, the Canada China Agriculture and Food Development Exchange Center (CCAgr) lead over 50 people on their Local Food Tour to promote some of the various agri-foods southern Ontario has to offer. Participating in this tour were many new Canadians, who are interested in experiencing the farming and agricultural industry in Canada. CCAgr focused greatly on local food education, to increase and reaffirm investment initiatives.

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On the morning of May 12th, the participants were greeted by Youming Zhao P. Ag, President,  who gave an introduction to the places that will be visited, and educated the participants of the importance of some Ontario's greatest agricultural industries. The main objectives of this tour were to benefit our local farms in terms of global investment, increased exports and local food education.

The first activity on the day's agenda was to explore the Alvento Winery located in Jordan, Ontario. Here, the group learned the process of wine making, did some wine tasting, and were educated in the different local wines. The owners Bruno was delighted with accommodate this tour and increase awareness of his company among Chinese investors and buyers. Following this, the group attended the Terra Greenhouses in Waterdown, and learned some of the extensive methods of growing flowers, as well as the prosperity of flower farms in Southern Ontario and the opportunity for investment.

Next, the group visited the Flambourgh Downs Horse Track. This was intriguing to the group as there is increased interest in horse racing in China, and could be a profitable business opportunity in the future. The day was concluded with a trip to The Dutch Mill Country Market in Waterdown which features food products from various local agri-farms, including fruits, vegetables and flowers. Here, the group enjoyed some locally grown foods for lunch and made purchases to bring home to their family. The owner of The Dutch Mill Country Market, Tony, was very happy to be a part of the Local Agri-food Tour, and to promote the local food movement.

All participants thoroughly enjoyed their tour and were pleasantly surprised at the quality and efficiency of every farm visited. Experiencing some of the great agriculture that southern Ontario has to offer, has sparked an interest in increased export and investment for local farms. At the end of the day, the tour bus was filled with flowers, various local foods and cases of wine to bring back home as a result of their fantastic experience on this trip.  



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