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CRFAIR is working on a new initiative to increase agricultural produce production in the region. CRFAIR is joining forces with researcher Patricia Reichert of Royal Roads on this work. The first stage is to create a supply model with leadership from community social and economic development leaders, food producers and wholesale buyers. Using a community-based research and planning process the initiative will identify the opportunities and hurdles for changing the current imbalance in the supply of local food compared with global sourcing.

The core aims:

·       Build a robust supply-oriented local food system, based on community sustainability values     

·       Work with farmers to increase the supply of local produce throughout the region and the seasons

·       Develop infrastructure for the distribution and processing of local food

·       Work as a community to ensure the economic success of a sustainable local food supply chain

Core benefits:

•             More local investment in local food infrastructure

•             Sustainable incomes for all parts of the local food supply chain, including producers and local food retailers

•             A strong local food economy, including community economic development, food sector jobs, community-based innovation.

•             A stronger local food culture that supports community food resilience and less dependence on global food.


Demonstration Project: 

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We are organizing a Demonstration Project and are inviting you to a meeting to share information about how you can be involved. It’s an opportunity to expand your business and make a positive change for a strong local food economy in the Capital Region. The Demonstration Project will support participating farmers through the challenges associated with diversifying into new markets.

Please consider attending this special meeting

February 7, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Please register by return email to susan@crfair.ca

The Demonstration Project is part of a region-wide initiative called Closing the Supply Gap. It is aimed at building a stronger local food system which includes increasing the amount of local produce available in grocery stores in the Capital Region. 

At focus groups with farmers we’ve heard that growing for diverse and larger markets must be based on respectful relationships and trust.  And there needs to be shared infrastructure for aggregation and distribution as well as support for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification, and business planning that will address and mitigate risks. 

 The Local Development Manager from Thrifty Foods will be at the meeting to share information about Thrifty Foods’ commitment to working with farmers in the Capital Region and their interest in crop varieties and extending seasons.  The meeting agenda will include a discussion of crop planning for the 2019 crop year and beyond. You will hear about an opportunity for grow to order contracts in 2019—2020 for the retail market.  For those interested in participating in the initiative the meeting will include a detailed discussion of next steps and the resources and supports that are being put in place.

Closing the Supply Gap is organised by a leaders group of people from across all local food sectors in the Capital Region. It is supported by the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable (CRFAIR) and doctoral research at Royal Roads University. Please register if you want to learn more.