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More than 50 nominations submitted for awards

Brittany Donor, Special to the Examiner

Warden Cal Patterson officially announces the completion of the Simcoe County Food and Agriculture Charter at the Simcoe County Museum. 

Warden Cal Patterson officially announces the completion of the Simcoe County Food and Agriculture Charter at the Simcoe County Museum. EXAMINER FILES/QMI

When nominations for the Charter Champion Awards closed in June, the steering committee was thrilled to hear a total of 55 nominations from across the county were submitted.

“We were delighted to learn about the high degree of work and community involvement in food and agricultural initiatives occurring across our region,” said Simcoe County Warden Cal Patterson, co-chair of the Simcoe County Food and Agriculture Charter.

The committee released the Charter Champion Awards to acknowledge great works being done by local residents in the areas of food and agriculture. What the committee was most impressed by was the outpouring and wide-variety of nominations it received.

“There is a lot of very impressive work going on in Simcoe County,” said Patterson.

“We certainly have a lot to celebrate when it comes to our local food system.”

Among the nominees were young farmers who have grown their passion for cultivating food into equitable businesses; volunteers who dedicate their time to ensure the success of local community gardens; businesses with strong commitments to buying and selling as much local food as possible; and local farmers whose hard work and love of community has earned them a nomination for Friendly Local Farmer.

“There are a lot of extraordinary folks doing great things for food security in our region,” said County Coun. Basil Clarke, co-chairman of the Simcoe County Food and Agriculture Charter. “While there can only be one award recipient for each category, all of the nominees are true champions of the charter principles, and deserve to be recognized.”

The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday as part of the Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture’s annual Summer Barbecue.

The event is open to the public.

Tickets cost $15 per person and include a tour of Barrie Hill Farms, presentations from political representatives and local commodities groups, the Simcoe County Food and Agriculture Charter Champion Awards ceremony, and a barbecue dinner.

Registration is required.

For more information, contact Connie Brown at 705-726-9300, ext. 1224.

Brittany Doner is project manager, Simcoe County Food & Agriculture Charter, and Simcoe County Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy.



Nominees for Charter Champion Awards include:

  • Bernard Pope (Ontario Farmland Preservation)
  • Beth Harris (Harris Family Farm)
  • Camphill Farms Market Garden
  • Canoe Fresh Food Market
  • Carrot Fest
  • Community Action Plan for Children (Catulpa Community Support Services)
  • Community Garden Project (City of Barrie)
  • John and Bonnie Den Haan (Sheldon Creek Dairy)
  • Denise and Dennis Harrison (Dingo Farms)
  • Dingo Farms
  • Erin Chapelle (The Karma Marketplace)
  • Essa and District Agricultural Society
  • Flavours of Ontario’s Lake Country
  • Food Revolution Day Barrie
  • Gary Machan (Barrie Community Health Centre)
  • Glen Huron Apples & Cold Storage
  • Golden Meadow Community Garden
  • Grocery Assistance Program (The Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe County)
  • Harvest Daze (Barrie Farmers' Market)
  • Heidi Sterrenburg (Rural Roots Nursery and Market Garden)
  • Henry and Michelle Linde (Valley Farm Market)
  • James Greaves (Black Angus Farmgate)
  • John Alexiou (Green Acres)
  • Justin and Tyler Leonard (Huronia Nursery) Katherine Giffen (Riverview Farms Family Farm)
  • Kim Keckes (Moondance Organic Gardens)
  • Life Skills & Independence for Teens (Kinark Child and Family Services)
  • Lynda Van Casteren (Nicholyn Farms)
  • Moondance Organic Gardens
  • Nicholyn Farms
  • R&P Farms
  • Sandra Trainor Cull
  • Savour Simcoe
  • Sheldon Creek Dairy
  • Simcoe County Farm Fresh Marketing Association
  • St. Teresa's High School Tomato Program
  • Sylvie Moreau
  • The Karma Project
  • Tony Morrow (Moro Brothers Gardens)
  • Township of Adjala-Tosorontio
  • Travis Durham (IOOF Seniors Homes)
  • Valley Farm Market
  • William Griffin


For more information, visit www.fpa.simcoe.ca.

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