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Food and Agriculture in Ontario Schools

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Local farmers have highlighted the need for public education at both our Roundtable consultation events (December 2018 and Feb 2020). Now there is a possibility that some of the problems identified will be addressed in Bill 216, currently at a Standing Committee of the Ontario government. The general description of the proposed changes to the Education Act would: 

"provide that curriculum guidelines shall require that courses of study be developed in experiential food literacy education and healthy eating for every grade from grade 1 through grade 12. The courses of study must ensure that students are given opportunities to grow food, prepare food and learn about local foods. Every board is required to provide instruction in the courses of study and to provide training and support for teachers and other staff of the board. Completion of the courses of study are a requirement for obtaining the Ontario secondary school diploma, the secondary school graduation diploma and the secondary school honour graduation diploma."

If you want to add your name to a petition in support of this Bill, go this link:

To see a partial list of organizations supporting the Bill, visit this link:  .

The Working Group on the the Future of Food and Farming (Peterborough) plans to support the Bill.


Mental Health Night Recap

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Thank you to everyone who attended the Mental Health Night on Wednesday. Thank you especially to Jack Veitch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) for leading the discussion and providing helpful resources for managing stress.

Jack let us know about the BounceBack Ontario Program managed by the CMHA. This is a free skill-building program aimed to help people 15+ manage mild to moderate depression and anxiety, low mood, stress or worry. It is delivered over the phone with a coach and through videos online. Find out more at

Part of the discussion also included a quick and easy way to help relieve stress in the moment: Tactical Breathing. This is a breathing exercise that can be used to help you to relax, focus, and gain control. 
Visualize each number as you count
Breath in counting 1, 2, 3, 4
Hold the breath counting 1, 2, 3, 4
Exhale counting 1, 2, 3, 4
Repeat for 3-5 breaths 

For a list of great resources for farmers on stress management and mental health support, visit our website at 

Peterborough Farm Fresh

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Are you marketing directly to consumers, stores or restaurants? 
Be ready for the upcoming season. Create a free searchable profile for your farm, products and points of sale on Peterborough Farm Fresh. You will benefit from online social media promotion through Local Food Peterborough throughout the year. 
Visit and click on My Farm Listing. Then follow the simple instructions. Questions? Call 705-743-7671

East Central Christian Farmers Association Annual Meeting and Policy Tour


Our food system is globalized, but there’s a growing local food movement in Ontario and plenty of government funding to support it.
What is the best balance of efficiency and resiliency? What should Ontario’s food policy look like?
Join fellow district members for your Annual Meeting, and stay for a wider discussion on local food systems.


Opening & Welcome
District Annual Meeting
Federation Update
Joint Policy Tour Presentation

Time & Place:

Thursday February 11, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm
Held online, via zoom

See website to register

Registration is required: Yes
Virtual via Zoom

Congratulations to Peterborough County Dairy Producers Ronbeth Holsteins

Congratulations to Peterborough County Dairy Producers Ronbeth Holsteins receiving their 4th Master Breeder Shield. Read more here:

Worried about COVID and your farm operation?

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Here is a link to a comprehensive resource from OMAFRA (Ontario Ministry for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) that covers topics like prevention, testing, accommodations, wage supports and funding - all in one place.

Note the February 26 deadline for the Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection program.

Mental Health Night: Stress Management and Mental Health Enhancements

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Jack Veitch, of the Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge, joins us to educate fellow farmers about stress - good and bad – and what it means for our functioning. Strategies for managing stress are also explored.

Topics will include a discussion on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and positive psychology, as well as information on how to access free mental health programming throughout Ontario. This course will highlight simple ways to be and stay well while living through COVID-19. There will be time allotted at the end of the presentation for questions.

The presentation will be made online using Zoom. Help is availbale if youhave not used Zoom before.

Open to farmers throughout the east central Ontario region. Free.

Hosted by the Peterborough Ag Roundtable.

Registration is required. Register at:

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Millbrook Farmers Market 2021 Season

Are you a local farmer, market gardener, artisan, baker or prepared foods maker? The Millbrook Farmers Market is accepting applications for our 2021 season. All applications will be reviewed by the market committee and successful applicants will be contacted. Feel free to reach out on Facebook with any questions.

Application form:

Farm Financial Management Series

This 6-class, free program provides food-producing farmers with the knowledge and skill to better understand and use financial information in order to make sound business decisions.

Classes: Good Business Practices, Financial Literacy, Calculating Full Costs of Production, Setting Prices and Marketing to Optimize Sales, Cash Flow Budget Projections, and Creating a Farm Business Plan.

The workshops are delivered on the ZOOM platform, as a sequential, laddering-up bootcamp, so participants registering here are applying for the full 6-week program.

• Each class is 1.5 hours in length, with one class per week on Tuesdays from 7-8:30 pm EST beginning February 2, 2021, with the last class on March 9, 2021.


You will receive a direct email from the program organizers and provided with the Zoom link prior to the first training date.

Registration is required: Yes

Obituary: Joyce Weir Millar (nee Pimmett)

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It is with sadness that the family of Joyce Weir Millar announce her passing at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on January 6, 2021 in her 94th year. Read the full obituary here


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