The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food recently announced that the new Local Food Fund is accepting applications for innovative local food projects that increase supply and awareness, while celebrating food grown, made and harvested in Ontario.  The program’s goals are to increase the purchase of Ontario foods and to contribute to more economic activity (investment, sales and jobs).  Some of the key desired outcomes of this program are:  increased awareness of and celebration of local food; influencing Ontarians to demand and choose more local food; ensuring local food is identifiable and widely available; helping Ontario’s agri-food sector deliver products that consumers want; strengthening local food economies from farm to fork.  This fund will provide up to $10 million in funding per year for three years, for a total of $30 million dollars.  For more information and a guide book about project funding, go to http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/about/localfood.htm.

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