The 8th annual Municipal Agriculture Economic Development Forum is being held November 2nd & 3rd. The conference is hosted by a partnership of the Town of Caledon and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Special thanks to Foodland Ontario and Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance for their partnering with this event.
This is an opportunity for those involved in municipal and local economic development who have agriculture and food (farming, food processing, agri-tourism, equine/agri-business sector, and agri-entrepreneurship) in their portfolio to network, share successes, experience the "tastes" and sites of Caledon. Learn more about programs targeted to the agricultural sector. Registration is now open!
Day 1 - full day tour! Jump on the bus at the Millcroft Inn & Spa at 10am, with like-minded economic development practitioners and enjoy the Eat, Drink & Network bus tour. Enjoy a variety of local and fresh foods as part of a progressive lunch at Spirit Tree Cidery and Heatherlea Farm Store. Learn from the business owners tell their stories from an economic developer perspective. The last stop of the tour will enjoy a wine tasting at Adamo Estate Winery before heading back to the Millcroft Inn & Spa. The evening will begin with an informal networking reception followed by a local food dinner. The evening speaker will be Dana McCauley, the Executive Director of Food Starter who will speaker on Accelerating Food Entrepreneurship in Your Community. Dana will bring along a few FoodStarter clients, who will have products available to taste and will talk about their journey from idea to product.
Day 2 of the forum will feature speakers including Michele Harris, Executive Director, Headwaters Tourism. Michele will be sharing the journey of her community in identifying the strength of the equine sector to develop and brand Caledon and surrounding area as Headwaters Horse Country, Ontario's Centre of Equine Excellence. Forum participants will have a chance to tour the Caledon Equestrian Park, (PANAM equestrian site) with Craig Collins, one of the key people behind the facility. Additional speakers will be presenting on: Using Planning Tools to Support Farm Viability, Resources Supporting Agriculture Economic Development and Food and Farming Economic Development Success Stories.
Day 1 (Nov. 2) - $80.00 (includes lunch and dinner)
Day 2 (Nov. 3) - $70.00 (includes lunch and refreshment breaks) WEBEX (Day 2) - $40.00
2 day package - $150.00
For the full event agenda.