Agri-Food Venture Centre in Colborne gets grant
Submitted photo A $53,200 grant from the provincial government was announced for operations of the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre in Colborne on Friday. Northumberland County Warden Marc Coombs (far left) was joined by facility employees, Alnwick / Haldimand Mayor John Logel (yellow shirt), local MPP Lou Rinaldi (second from right in front row), Port Hope Mayor Bob Sanderson (back right) and Northumberland County chief executive officer Jennifer Moore (far right).
The provincial government is providing over $50,000 and supporting some part-time jobs at the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre in Colborne.
Just prior to Friday's announcement local MPP Lou Rinaldi described the funds as assisting in the operation of the centre which opened earlier this year.
A media release says the Northumberland-based project "will create four part-time jobs" in the facility.
The funding is through the Local Food Fund that "supports innovative local food projects that increase demand and sales of Ontario food, stimulate private sector investment and strengthen Ontario's agri-food sector."
The facility is described as an "agri-food incubator and niche food processing facility" which has areas for "cooking chilling, freezing and packaging / labeling equipment" plus a business education component.
“With the support of the Local Food Fund the Ontario Agri-food Venture Centre will continue to develop and enhance opportunities for both the agricultural community as well as food entrepreneurs in their quest to invent and create new food ideas and products," Northumberland County's economic development and tourism director, Dan Borowec, stated in the release.
The grant total is $53,200.
Agri-food businesses renting the facilities as they need it include berry producers and pizza makers.
“Supporting local food projects is vital to the success and continued growth of Ontario’s agri-food industry. Our government’s continued investments in local food projects not only supports innovation and grows our economy, but strengthens the connection between farmers, food producers and consumers," stated Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal in the release.