Local Food Fund Celebrates Stonemill & County Rye

Premier Kathleen Wynne visitedA�Stonemill BakehouseA�last week to celebrate the introduction of its Prince Edward County Rye Bread. It was also an opportunity to celebrate the 60 or so other innovative local food projects across Ontario receiving support through the province’s new Local Food Fund!

In case you haven’t heard, TheA�Local Food FundA�is part of the Ontario government’s broader local food strategy to promote the good things that are grown, harvested and made across the province. For Stonemill Bakehouse, Ontario is investing $147,000 through the fund to help the company market and increase distribution, expand the use of rye grown in Prince Edward County and lastly, A�to strengthen its supply chain with Prince Edward County farmers.

This is a big win for County grain farmers. A�”Stonemill�s grain-growing initiative in Prince Edward County helps bring back a tradition that dates back to the early 1800s, when grain was first grown here… before being replaced by dairy, fruit and vegetable farming” says Grace Nyman, community development co-ordinator in the County.

Gottfried Boehringer, President of Stonemill Bakehouse is excited about the development.

“Our vision to build an environmentally sustainable local infrastructure to bring healthy food from the farm to the table is ambitious and exciting, and it just makes sense. We plan to source exclusively Ontario-grown grains by 2018, and challenge retailers, other food producers and farmers to join us in building the food infrastructure for a cleaner planet.”

“Stonemill Bakehouse has shown fantastic leadership by building a new local food supply chain with Prince Edward County farmers. I believe working together to support local food is a key ingredient to the success of our agri-food industry � it creates jobs, strengthens our communities and grows our economy” A�saidA�Kathleen Wynne, Premier and Minister of Agriculture and Food.

Ontario�s agri-food sector contributes about $34 billion to the province�s economy and supports more than 740,000 jobs across the province. A�Supporting the agri-food industry is part of the government’s economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow.

The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario’s greatest strengths – its people and strategic partnerships.

For a full list of this years Local Food Fund recipients, visit: news.ontario.ca

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