NCTrail helps in "Niagara's Quest for New Farm Value" 2-Day Workshop!

Queenston, March 6, 2009 - On March 5th and March 12th a group of Niagara’s farm and rural based entrepreneurs will meet at the Ball’s Falls Centre for Conservation Education Room in Jordan to take part in a two-day workshop called “Growing Your Opportunities – Quest for New Farm Value.”   

Over two days, the participants including several NCTrail members will identify their specific value- added idea, put their idea into action, find the right market channels, build a business plan, explore how to finance the stages of the business, price the product properly and manage risk. Workshop leaders include Ontario farm business owners, entrepreneurs and advisors who will share lessons 
learned and best practices.

The Quest for New Farm Value workshops build on the success of the six pilot workshops held across the province last winter. Local stakeholders including the Niagara Culinary Trail, Canadian Farm Business Management Council, Niagara South Federation of Agriculture, Niagara North Federation of Agriculture, Venture Niagara, Regional Municipality of Niagara along with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) have collaborated and successfully secured one of 15 workshops offered throughout the province this season. 
 
“It is exciting that more workshops are being offered to farmers across the province who are looking to implement business ideas that are marketable, profitable and contribute to the long term viability of the farm operation,” says Ann Bering of White Meadows Farms who is attending the workshop and is a Niagara Culinary Trail member.  
 
In the continuing effort to increase awareness about our region’s local foods and sustainable agriculture, several Niagara Culinary Trail members including The Pie Plate, de la terre café & Bakery, Indulgence Bakery and Wildflower Market & Café are catering lunch and coffee breaks and will be showcasing our region’s local food to the workshop attendees.  
 
The NCTrail is Niagara’s leading organization working to celebrate our region’s local foods and offers opportunities for residents and visitors to experience local food as it promotes vibrant rural communities and protects natural areas within Niagara’s Greenbelt. The map and website are the best tools for finding local food, local food products, farm to table culinary events and local restaurants featuring dishes prepared with local foods. While choosing to buy local food is delicious, it also helps our economy, our environment, our farmers and Ontario’s Greenbelt.  
 
Visit www.niagaraculinarytrail.com for more information on local food and how to participate in unique culinary experiences right here in our Greenbelt, a place where possibilities grow. Wrapping around the Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt is 1.8 million acres of potential to make Ontario, and the earth, a better place. Encompassing the Niagara Escarpment, the Oak Ridges Moraine, Rouge Park, hundreds of rural towns and villages and some 7,000 farms, Ontario's Greenbelt is the largest and most diverse in the world.

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Contact: Magdalena Kaiser-Smit, Director of Marketing and Communications 905.262.1895 • Magdalena - at - niagaraculinarytrail.com  
 
The Niagara Culinary Trail is a mandate initiative of the Niagara Environmental Food Alliance; a not-for-profit organization sponsored by Niagara Peninsula Community Resource Centre with funding by a grant from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.

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