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Agriculture Resources

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Throughout COVID-19, our local Clarington farms have worked hard to support Ontario’s food supply. With nearly 400 working farms in Clarington, agriculture is the top industry and main economic driver in our community. To support the industry during these unprecedented times, the Municipality has created this central resource page with useful links and information for our local farms and residents.

This page is a one-stop resource for residents looking to source local farm-fresh food. It’s also a resource for the agriculture industry with information on employment opportunities, funding and financing, government websites, and industry news.

To learn more about the agricultural industry, the work involved and the challenges farmers face daily, take a look at 'the real dirt behind farming in Clarington' -- a video developed by the Clarington Board of Trade and Office of Economic Development.

The Agricultural Advisory Committee of Clarington advises Council on matters related to local agriculture. They are a great resource and provide leadership in the industry.

Accessing locally grown food

Bowmanville REKO Network
A REKO network creates a direct relationship between customers and small-scale producers. Join the Facebook group to pre-order and purchase items in advance. Items are then picked up on Thursdays, for one hour, at the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex parking lot. 

Clarington Board of Trade - Food at your Fingertips
A list of restaurants and farms in Clarington that are offering takeout, delivery, or curbside pickup. 

Clarington Farmers' Market
A seasonal market held at the Newcastle Memorial Arena every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Browse a selection of local produce, fresh baked goods, pantry items and more.

Clarington Tourism Business and Attractions Directory
A list of businesses, attractions and services in Clarington with information on how they are operating during COVID-19. This list is updated weekly. 

Durham Farm Fresh
The Durham Farm Fresh Marketing Association is a not-for-profit membership organization representing farms, farmers‚Äô markets, retailers, chefs and restaurants in the Durham Region. 

Green Circle Food Hub
Farmers formed the Green Circle Food Hub at the start of COVID-19 out of the need for collaboration and cooperation between farmers and customers. Kendal Hills Farm in Orono serves as a collection point for food. Shop the market online and arrange for no-contact delivery.  

Invest Durham
Information about farms in the Durham Region offering access to local food and food products during COVID-19.

Employment

Government of Canada - Step up to the Plate
This website has links to more than 25 employment resource sites across Canada, including those specializing in agriculture and agri-food jobs.

Agriculture and Food Jobs in Ontario
Created by the Government of Ontario, this website contains links to jobs in agriculture and the food industry, industry organizations and training resources.

Ontario Federation of Agriculture - Feeding Your Future
This is a tool to assist job seekers looking for work in the agriculture sector, including virtual job fair information, a job matching concierge and webinars.

AgCareers
Search for jobs and internships, post a resume, access employment resources and download the Ag and Food Career Guide.

Government of Canada Youth Employment and Skills Program
The Youth Employment and Skills Program provides a wage subsidy to employers who hire youth for agricultural jobs. The program offers wage and relocation support. 

Funding and financing

Agriculture and Food Business Solutions Fund
A $100-million Agriculture and Food Business Solutions Fund to support proven, viable companies through unexpected business disruptions, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund supports the agribusiness and agri-food sector, including companies involved in primary production, agri-tech, manufacturing, packaging and distribution. 

Agri-Food Open for E-Business - Targeted Intake
The Agri-Food Open for E-Business targeted intake helps businesses expand their marketing channels and respond to new market challenges. Due to high demand, the intake is paused to review the applications submitted as of May 25, 2020, at 2:30 p.m.  

Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program - Producers
This Ontario government program offers funding support for initiatives like purchasing personal protective equipment, enhanced cleaning and disinfection and redesigning workstations. 

AgriStability Coverage through Agricorp
AgriStability is a risk management plan for farms, designed to provide affordable, whole farm coverage, especially in times of disaster. The deadline to enroll and pay the fee has been extended to July 3, 2020. 

Canadian Agricultural Partnership
Funding opportunities from the Ontario government for producers, provincially licensed meat processors, and businesses that provide off-farm primary packing services and corn detasseling services.   

Government websites 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
COVID-19 resources from the Federal government as well as programs and services, economic outlook reports and more.  

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
COVID-19 resources from the Ontario government for the agriculture sector as well as information on economic development, legislation, agencies and more.

Industry news

AgriSuccess Magazine
AgriSuccess Magazine helps Canadian producers advance their farm management practices. Learn from producers and industry experts and get practical advice, real-life examples and innovative ideas.  

Canadian Federation of Agriculture
Weekly updates on COVID-19 as it relates to Canadian agriculture.  

Government of Ontario News - Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
News releases from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs relating to COVID-19. 

Ontario Spirit - A Celebration of Local Food Collaboration
Report by the provincial government about the successes in the agri-food industry during COVID-19. 

Supporting Farmers and Food Businesses to Help Feed Canada During COVID-19
An infographic (PDF) outlining the funding available from the Government of Canada.  

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