Note: Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the tour sites.
Wednesday November 29
The New Farm is a certified organic family farm near the village of Creemore. Farmers Gillian Flies and Brent Preston grow salads, beets, cucumbers and potatoes for restaurants and retail stores in southern Ontario on 20 acres of land. The tour will include a detailed overview of their growing systems, including washing and packing facilities, as well as discussion of their mechanization, labour system, marketing and sales strategies and financial details. Participants will tour The New Farm Kitchen, an on-farm event and education space that was constructed last year to the highest energy efficiency standards. Gillian and Brent will also describe their ongoing partnership with The Stop Community Food Centre and Community Food Centres Canada. The New Farm is a profitable, mid-size, wholesale-focused farm — come see how it works.
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