FarmStart, along with the Ontario Institute of Agrologists, Durham Region Economic Development and the Centre for Land and Water Stewardship, is organizing a three-day conference to bring together farmers, farm leaders, food distributors and purchasers, ethno-cultural and new immigrant leaders, food system analysts, and policy makers to discuss how Ontario’s agri-food industry can take advantage of opportunities in the province’s growing ethno-cultural markets.
The three-day conference will take place in three separate locations: Durham Region, Toronto and Guelph.
Our keynote speaker for each of these days is Dr. Bill Sciarappa, an agricultural and resource management agent with Rutger’s University. Dr. Sciarappa, who holds a PhD in economic entomology and agricultural pest management, is an expert in specialty crop production and marketing. Together with a diverse team of researchers and extension agents, he is currently engaged in a major, USDA-funded research initiative to study crop production for ethnic markets throughout the North Eastern Seaboard.
Each day of the conference will feature panels and presentations from diverse stakeholders on specific issues.
Blackstock, Durham Region – November 27, 2007
Focus on ethnic crop production in Ontario, and will ask how farmers can viably access ethnic markets.
Toronto – November 28, 2007
Focus on new market opportunties and demands, as well as food system infrastructure needs.
Guelph – November 29, 2007
Focus on the development and coordination of critical market and production research and support.
We hope you will join us! We welcome the participation and perspectives of anyone interested or engaged in these issues.