Scaling Up for the Wholesale Market
Dec
10
9:00 AM09:00

Scaling Up for the Wholesale Market

  • 270 George Street North Peterborough, ON, K9J 3H1 Canada (map)
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Scaling Up Sales for the Wholesale Market

Are you thinking of increasing your volume of sales by selling more to stores, restaurants and/or institutions? If so, this is the workshop you need!

EARLY BIRD PRICE REGISTRATION UNTIL NOV 16!

Scaling up for the wholesale market can have serious pitfalls if you are not prepared. How can you market effectively to wholesale buyers, without losing your shirt? Let’s talk about

  • identifying what the market wants

  • projecting financial and operational implications of scaling up

  • developing targeted market materials and relationships with wholesale buyers

During this workshop, you will have an opportunity to learn from wholesale buyers (restaurant/store/institutional) about what they need from farmers - in terms of pricing, packaging, handling, delivery etc.

This session will be facilitated by Peggy Baillie. She and her husband farm near Sudbury, selling chicken through both retail and wholesale markets. Peggy also managed a retail food store for several years, purchasing directly from local farmers.

Join us for this practical and jam-packed day that will help you plan for the future.

Registration and coffee will begin at 9:00am and the workshop will start at 9:30am. Lunch included.

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Selling Beyond the Farm Gate -
Dec
13
9:30 AM09:30

Selling Beyond the Farm Gate -

  • West Ferris Centennial Community Centre 42 Gertrude Street East North Bay, ON (map)
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Are you looking to expand your farm operation to sell to retail, wholesale or institutions? This workshop will walk you through the process of planning and evaluating which markets to enter, how to position your products, and how to make it work for your farm. Valuable for any farm looking to expand.


This workshop is based on the Selling Beyond Farmgate curriculum developed by Local Food and Farm Co-ops on behalf of the Agricultural Management Institute. This module based curriculum combines templates and trainings with real life guidance from experts in the field via videos.

Participants will benefit from the group discussions throughout the workshop while work through their own business development plans.

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Finance Fund Forum - Madoc
Oct
30
3:00 PM15:00

Finance Fund Forum - Madoc

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Local Food and Farm Co-ops (LFFC) along with Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), a division of Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC), is proud to announce a new initiative, the Fair Finance Fund.

Designed to support the local food and farm sector across Ontario, the Fair Finance Fund will support food or farm enterprises that have explicit values in enhancing local food systems, local economies, and the planet. This loan fund will build on seed capital to implement an ongoing investment opportunity for community-minded investors to support food that is grown, raised and processed in their own backyards.

During the event, we will share more about the progress of the fund and receive your feedback. We welcome all stakeholders engaged in the local food and farm space. Our event partners, Farms at Work and By the Bushel will also be there to share their experiences.

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Are you a farm or food enterprise? Community investor? Local food advocate? Economic development organization? We want to hear your voice !

Please contact us at info@localfoodandfarm.coop if you have any questions. More info can be found here: www.localfoodandfarm.coop/about-the-fair-finance-fund

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Fair Finance Fund Forum - Thunder Bay
Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

Fair Finance Fund Forum - Thunder Bay

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Local Food and Farm Co-ops (LFFC) along with Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), a division of Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC), is proud to announce a new initiative, the Fair Finance Fund.

Designed to support the local food and farm sector across Ontario, the Fair Finance Fund will support social enterprises and farms that have explicit values in enhancing local food systems, local economies, and the planet. This loan fund will build on seed capital to implement an ongoing investment opportunity for community-minded investors to support food that is grown, raised and processed in their own backyards.

During the event, we will share more about the progress of the fund and receive your feedback. We welcome all stakeholders engaged in the local food and farm space. Our partner, Thunder Bay Food Strategy, will also be there to share their experiences.

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Are you a farm and food enterprise? Community investor? Local food advocate? Economic development organization? We want to hear your voice!

Please contact us at info@localfoodandfarm.coop if you have any questions. More info can be found here: www.localfoodandfarm.coop/about-the-fair-finance-fund

Travel stipends are available but limited. Please contact us for details and eligibility.

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Fair Finance Fund Forum - Puslinch
Oct
18
4:00 PM16:00

Fair Finance Fund Forum - Puslinch

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Local Food and Farm Co-ops (LFFC) along with Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), a division of Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC), is proud to announce a new initiative, the Fair Finance Fund.

Designed to support the local food and farm sector across Ontario, the Fair Finance Fund will support social enterprises and farms that have explicit values in enhancing local food systems, local economies, and the planet. This loan fund will build on seed capital to implement an ongoing investment opportunity for community-minded investors to support food that is grown, raised and processed in their own backyards.

During the event, we will share more about the progress of the fund and receive your feedback. We welcome all stakeholders engaged in the local food and farm space. Our event partner, Ecological Farmers of Ontario, will also be there to share their experiences.

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Are you a farm and food enterprise? Community investor? Local food advocate? Economic development organization? We want to hear your voice!

Please contact us at info@localfoodandfarm.coop if you have any questions. More info can be found here: www.localfoodandfarm.coop/about-the-fair-finance-fund

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Fair Finance Forum - Algoma
Oct
3
6:30 PM18:30

Fair Finance Forum - Algoma

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Local Food and Farm Co-ops (LFFC) along with Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), a division of Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC), is proud to announce a new initiative, the Fair Finance Fund.

Designed to support the local food and farm sector across Ontario, the Fair Finance Fund will support social enterprises and farms that have explicit values in enhancing local food systems, local economies, and the planet. This loan fund will build on seed capital to implement an ongoing investment opportunity for community-minded investors to support food that is grown, raised and processed in their own backyards.

During the event, we will share more about the progress of the fund and receive your feedback. We welcome all stakeholders engaged in the local food and farm space.

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Are you a farm and food enterprise? Community investor? Local food advocate? Economic development organization?  We want to hear your voice!

Please contact us at info@localfoodandfarm.coop if you have any questions. More info can be found here: www.localfoodandfarm.coop/about-the-fair-finance-fund

Travel stipends are available but limited. Please contact us for details and eligibility.

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May
29
3:00 PM15:00

Accessing Financing Webinar: Co-op Field Schools Series

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Need financing for your co-op but don’t know where to start? Learn from the experts about various tools to access financing for your project and what you need to access them. Great webinar for anyone looking at a new start-up or major expansion.

This is an online webinar via the Zoom platform. Registrants will receive a link and instructions to the webinar.

Goal: To provide participants with a foundation of how to best be prepared for accessing financing.

Key Messages: where to access financing, what you need to be suitable, where to find the right resources

Agenda:

  • 30 min - Sally Miller: overview of various avenues of financing including links to resources about where to learn more (guide to community bonds etc)
  • 30 min - David Brushey (TBC): Things to consider with accessing financing, what you need to be eligible, having the right documents.
  • 30 min – Q & A

 

Click Here to register for this free webinar.

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May
15
2:00 PM14:00

Grant Fundraising Webinar: Co-op Field Schools Series

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Thinking about applying for a grant? Join us to get some good advice and tips from fundraising experts about what to do when applying for funding and where to find grants.

This webinar will take place via the Zoom platform. Instructions will be sent to participants closer to the date with the link and how to join.

Goal: To set participants up on a path to be well positioned to apply for grants

Key Messages: why and when to apply for a grant, grants that are available and how to write a great grant application

Agenda:

  • 20 min – Peggy Baillie: Why and when to apply for a grant. Covering making the right fit for your business, matching funding etc
  • 40 min – Allison Muckle : overview of grants that might be available for farmers and co-ops or places to keep your eyes on for funding and how to write a great application.
  • 30 min – Q & A

Click Here to register for our free webinar.

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Apr
10
to Apr 12

NWO Regional Beef Branding Workshops

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If you are a beef farmer in Northwestern Ontario, you won't want to miss this event.

Please join us to hear more about the *NEW* Regional Beef Branding Initiative led by Local Food and Farm Co-ops in partnership with The Beef Farmers of Ontario.

How will this project benefit our region?
Who should participate?
What does the market demand look like for beef in our region?
What would it look like for me as a producer to participate?
What funding and support would be available if I choose to scale up or make some changes to improve efficiency in my production practices?

Come out to learn the answers to these questions and more.

Agenda (subject to change):

3:00 pm: Market research presentation (Jen Springett)
What are the retail and wholesale consumer demands, and how do they overlap with current production & processing? Suggested brand criteria will be presented for feedback.
4:00 pm: “Selling Beyond the Farm Gate” with AMI (Jen Springett)
New six module online training course with business expansion tools and templates. Perfect resources to help determine if scaling up is viable for you, or to help you create a business plan for funding applications or planning purposes.
4:30 pm: Sustainable New Agri-food Products & Productivity (SNAPP) (Andrea Habinski)
*NEW* clean technology stream. Which streams are most appropriate for farms looking to upgrade equipment for improved efficiency, or to expand operations.
5:00- 6:00 pm Locally sourced beef dinner
6:00-8:00 pm: Verified Beef Production Plus Pre-Audit workshop (Dan Ferguson)
What’s involved in the audit, and what would be involved if you choose to participate in the inspection process.


CLICK HERE to register and reserve your tickets

For more background on this project, or to participate in our beef production or market research, please visit our page and survey here.
 

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9th Annual Assembly
Mar
20
to Mar 21

9th Annual Assembly

  • 13300 Concession 11 Schomberg, ON L0G 1T0 Schomberg Canada (map)
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Join us for our 9th Annual Assembly!  We've got 2 inspirational days planned with a film screening, engaging speakers, practical workshops and more.  Register before Feb 15th for early bird pricing!

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