FarmStart Conference

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Growing International: Producing and Marketing Ethnic Food in Ontario

November 27th, 28th and 29th – Durham Region, Toronto and Guelph

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FarmStart, along with the Ontario Institute of Agrologists, Durham Region Economic Development  and the Centre for  nd and Water Stewardship, is organizing a three-day conference to bring together farmers, farm leaders, food distributors
and purchasers, ethno-cultural and new immigrant leaders, food system analysts, and policy makers to discuss how Ontario’s agri-food industry can take advantage of opportunities in the province’s growing ethno-cultural markets.

Our keynote speaker for each of these days is Dr. Bill Sciarappa, an agricultural and resource management agent with Rutger’s University.   Dr. Sciarappa, who holds a PhD in economic entomology and agricultural pest management, is an expert in specialty crop production and marketing.  Together with a diverse team of researchers and extension agents, he is currently engaged in a major, USDA funded research initiative to study crop production for ethnic markets throughout the North Eastern Seaboard.

Each day of the conference will feature panels and presentations from diverse stakeholders on specific issues.

Blackstock, Durham Region – November 27, 2007
Focus on ethnic crop production in Ontario, and how farmers can viably access ethnic markets.

Toronto – November 28, 2007
Focus on new market opportunities and demands, as well as food system infrastructure needs.

Guelph – November 29, 2007
Focus on the development and coordination of critical market and production research and support.

Please note: pre-registration is required by Friday, November 23rd
For registration, conference agenda, locations and other conference details, please visit

If you have any questions or suggestions, you can contact the conference organizer, Melissa Benner, at telephone: (519) 836-7046 ext. 104; or email: .


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