Panel – Lead by Katie Nolan
Katie Nolan began her career in agriculture and rural development while on an internship with the Panamanian Ministry of Health in 1999. The subsistence agriculture project was her first introduction to the role of agriculture in social, economic, environmental and public health realms. She went on to obtain an M.Sc. in soil science from the University of British Columbia. Since then, she has taught agroecology and food systems at the university level, worked on a mixed family farm, assisted with the implementation of Norfolk County’s Alternative Land Use Services pilot project, and acted as Program Director for the then-named Ottawa Chapter of Canadian Organic Growers. She joined OMAFRA in 2008, and since then has been working to develop and deliver programming that supports local agriculture and rural economic development. She helped to spearhead the annual Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference in 2011 and offers other specialized training programs and services to support the local food value chain in Leeds-Grenville, Frontenac and Lanark Counties.
- Pat Remillard – Kemptville College
- Jim Beveridge – B&H Grocer
- Katie Nolan – Ontario Ministry of Agriculture
Creating Opportunities in Agriculture as a Community
This session will provide an overview of a new resource from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) called “Agriculture as an Economic Development Opportunity”. It was designed to help communities identify their strengths in agriculture and build economic development initiatives from those assets. Speakers will provide examples of how this has been done in other places, and there will be opportunity to discuss how these ideas can be applied in North Grenville.