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Eolfc 2013 ottawa valley food cooperative - devorah belinsky - cooperative models panel


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The Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference (EOLFC 2013) provided a great opportunity to share information, learn about success stories and gather information on innovative local food businesses, projects and best practices. The conference was organized by KEDCO (Kingston Economic Development Corporation) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Rural Affairs. The theme of the conference was Innovation Driving Local Food and it was held December 3, 2013 at the Ambassador Hotel in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. This topic is ottawa valley food cooperative - devorah belinsky - cooperative models panel.

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Eolfc 2013 ottawa valley food cooperative - devorah belinsky - cooperative models panel

  1. 1. Building Local Food Bridges in Renfrew County
  2. 2. Founded in 2008 Based on: Oklahoma Food Coop Model
  3. 3. The Ottawa Valley Food Co-operative (OVFC) is a collaborative of farmers, market gardeners, producers, artisans and consumers. OVFC envisions a local, sustainable food system, which is economically viable for producers and provides fresh, healthy food and products to consumers.
  4. 4. Deep River Petawawa Pembroke Cobden Arnprior Ottawa Killaloe Wilno Barry's Bay Renfrew Burnstown Eganville Monthly on line ordering of local food and artisanal products are sorted and distributed across the Renfrew county and beyond
  5. 5. Challenges • • • • • • • • • Sustainable funding for staffing needs Lack of outreach & partnership development Few dedicated volunteers Meeting varied producer needs Meeting varied consumer needs Varying beliefs in regards to food and nutrition Cautious approach Lack of marketing & promotion Rudimentary IT management system
  6. 6. Moving Forward Reaching out to community organizations Developing partnerships with institutions Education / Life skills opportunities Decentralized food hub model Buy Local Food Campaign Creative partnerships Central Food Centre Farm 2 School
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