The County of Simcoe and regional stakeholder groups in the agriculture and economic development sectors have announced that Georgian College, known for leadership in applied research, will help lead the next phase of the Simcoe County Regional Food Distribution Hub Feasibility Study.
The team of experts from Georgian College will conduct extensive research to understand the supply and demand response to the proposed Regional Food Distribution Hub. This information will then be reviewed to determine what model, if any, is appropriate for the County of Simcoe. Findings from phase two are expected to be available in Spring 2014.
“Food and agriculture play an important role in our economy,” said Warden Cal Patterson.”We look forward to continuing to work with industry stakeholders to find a long-term option to enhance local food distribution opportunities, grow Simcoe County’s economy and support our food and agriculture sectors.”
Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes said Georgian is proud to play a role in this strategic initiative because of the importance of agriculture and agri-food production across Central Ontario.
“Georgian is working closely with the County of Simcoe on this Food Distribution Hub project for two reasons,” said West-Moynes. “First, we believe that food and farming are strong contributors to the economic development of Simcoe County. Second, Georgian is in the process of developing a clusterof agriculture and agri-food programs to be delivered in Central Ontario, and we view this sector as a significant growth area for both Georgian and Simcoe County. This is an excellent fit.”
Phase one of the study was led by the Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture and provided initial insight into potential opportunities in food distribution activities in the region.