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Local, sustainable food is a priority for consumers
Georgian College and the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre are working with local municipalities and economic development partners, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), and local leaders in the food sector to provide events and training for food and beverage entrepreneurs.
Value-added agriculture and agri-food products: A strategic imperative for economic growth
The food and beverage manufacturing sector in Ontario generated over $39 billion in revenues in 2011. Municipalities and economic development organizations have recognized the benefit of agriculture and agri-product development as a strategic imperative for economic growth. Food entrepreneurs will boost the agri-food sector by strengthening local food businesses and positively impacting economic development in our communities, and in our region.
Georgian has hosted community seminars for food entrepreneurs at three campuses since February 2014. Local planning committees are rolling out similar events at four more campuses. This will culminate in a province-wide conference co-hosted with the Agri-Food Management Institute (AMI) at the Barrie Campus in March 2016. These events bring together key members of the food value chain – growers/producers, manufacturers, retailers, tourism providers and support organizations.
Training needs identified
Surveys conducted at the seminars identified training and other supports needed by food entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs indicated an urgent need to gain a better understanding of food safety regulations. Georgian, along with Grey, Simcoe and Bruce counties and OMAFRA, was pleased to roll out the Food Safety Regulatory Training course as a pilot project in 2014-15. Other training is in development and social networking is in full swing.
Food entrepreneurs – get involved and take full advantage of the events, networking sites and training!
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Georgian College Food Entrepreneurs Community Seminar
More than 150 farmers, food artisans and other prospective entrepreneurs packed the Georgian College John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus in Collingwood February 2014 to learn more about how to start or expand their own food-based business.
Georgian courses and programs related to food entrepreneurship
Courses offered at Georgian College can help entrepreneurs gain the knowledge and skills to grow their businesses.
The Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre also offers training specifically for entrepreneurs.
Food Labelling Workshop
Date: April 22, 2016
Time: 3-6 p.m.
Location: Georgian College, Barrie Campus
Take part in a 3 hour workshop to learn how to use the Genesis software to run nutritional facts panels for your food products.
Register now at www.GeorgianCollege.ca/foodlabelling .
Previous food entrepreneurship training
The Food Safety Regulatory Training course was first offered in 2014-2015 as a pilot project at Owen Sound, Barrie and South Georgian Bay campuses through a partnership with the counties of Grey, Simcoe and Bruce and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
Plans are underway to offer the course content at other campuses in various formats.