Feasibility study was completed November 27, 2014
Business plan was presented February 18, 2015
“Harvesting our local food potential through the collaboration of community and business”
Across Canada, consumers are increasingly seeking sustainable local food to help their local economies. To fill the consumer demand for local food, grocery retailers are looking for ways to increase local food products in their stores, restaurants are interested in sourcing local ingredients and the interest in farmers markets is growing.
‘Parkland-Made’ local food initiative will seek to build on the current diverse strengths in our communities by increasing the amount and diversity of local food products grown, processed and sold within our area of the Parkland and surrounding regions.
We are working to build and strengthen our economy by providing avenues for food producers and processors to access new retail opportunities throughout our region of the Parkland.
Our goal is for consumers to know where local food products are available. ‘Know Your Farmer’ and knowing where and how local foods are produced goes hand in hand with strengthening a network of local foods produced and sold.
Through recent consultations, PARC has received consistent strong support for a ‘Parkland-made’ local food initiative from farmers, producers, processors, restaurants, grocers, non-profit groups, consumers and others within Parkland.
PARC is continuing to seek input from community members so that we can develop a local food initiative that serves the needs of those who live, work or visit our region of the Parkland.
If you are interested in learning more, or would like to be included in a ‘Know your Farmer’ resource network, please contact us!
Join a growing number of farmers, businesses, community groups and members working together as a region to remove barriers and make it easier for people to access a local food supply. Your participation in our on-line surveys will help us find ways to process what our communities produce to create jobs and support our regional economy. Your suggestions and input are welcomed by completing the following on-line surveys.Farmers, growers producers Youth Organizations or institutions Retailers Restaurants Consumers