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Local Food Project

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Local food is defined as any food that was grown or raised within 100 miles (160 km) of home. Tiny is agriculturally rich— growing and raising a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and animal products.

In order to support our local economy, keep greenspaces green and do our part in reducing our carbon footprint, our local farmers need to be supported.

The Township of Tiny's “Local Food Project" aims to raise awareness in the community regarding the importance of eating local, and to make local food more affordable and accessible to our community. The project aims to educate people about how they can grow their own produce and tackle the issue of food insecurity in our community.

We would love to hear your opinion on local food issues! Please take our survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/tinylocalfood

Tiny Farm Crawls

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Tiny Farm Cra​wls

What is Farm Crawl?

Farm Crawl is an opportunity to get an inside look at the operations of a number of farms in the Township of Tiny. The idea behind Farm Crawl is to provide genuine on farm experiences and to help participants learn more about what local farming is about. Tour the farms, meet and hear from the farmers, see demonstrations and purchase locally grown and produced products.

Farm Crawl is the first of its kind in this area and the Township of Tiny is pleased to offer two Crawls in 2019. Provided here is the information regarding the first Farm Crawl on Friday, August 16th. The second Crawl will take place on Saturday, October 5th. The lineup for the fall Crawl has yet to be determined.

Crawl 1: Friday, August 16th, 9 AM – 4:30 PM, starting at the Perkinsfield Community Garden located at 43 County Rd 6 S

Crawl 2: Saturday, October 5th, 9 AM – 4:30 PM, details to be determined.

There are five ways to register: online, email, in office, by mail, or by fax. 


2019 Farm Crawl Poster.pdf

2019 Registration Form.pdf


Up Close and Personal

Dubeau Family Farm 

5 Concession 11 E,

Tiny, ON L0L 2J0

http://www.dubeaufarm.com/

 

Located in Perkinsfield, the Dubeau Farm is family owned since 2000 and operated by Kim and Dennis Dubeau with help from their sons.

The Dubeau Family Farm manages and enriches its soils carefully. Kim and Dennis create “green manure" for their fields. They plant Rye grass in the fall and the grass root systems helps to keep topsoil from eroding and blowing away in the winter. The grass is then tilled under in the spring and serves as an organic and nitrogen-rich nutrient for their crops next season.

The Dubeau family wants you to come and experience an open air family owned farm market.  Grown are 50 acres of fresh vegetables, sweet corn, tomatoes, beans, peas, potatoes, onions, garlic, cucumber, carrots, raspberries, strawberries, zucchini, pumpkins, gourds. Also sold are homemade baking, butter tarts, jams, pickles, pickled beets and a whole lot more! 


Highlights of the Stop

  • Learn about modern day sustainable and productive farming practices
  • Take a tour of the farm
  • Stock up on seasonal, local produce at the open air market

Products Available for Purchase

  • Various fruit and vegetables
  • Homemade baking
  • Preserves

 

Windlee Farms Maple Syrup

10 Baseline Road North

Tiny, ON 

https://windlee-farms-maple-syrup.business.site/?hl=en

Windlee Farms maple syrup has been a family owned and operated business for over a quarter of a century. Its maple syrup is hand crafted in the traditional manner on a wood fired evaporator—but using modern and highly efficient equipment.

Producers Anne and Peter Lorriman say that their passion is to produce premium quality, 100% pure maple syrup. They aim to have maple syrup available year round at their farm gate, certain festivals, and selected retail stores. In 2019, Windlee Farms amber syrup won First Prize at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto and the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association.

Bonnie Bee Honey at Windlee

While at Windlee Farm, you also get the chance to learn about the Bee process and buy products from Bonnie Bee Honey. Bonnie Bee was started by Joe DeViller in 1981. It has grown over the years and now Joe manages an average of 200 hives with the help of his daughter Denise Graham. Some of Bonnie Bee's hives are located at Windlee Farm giving you a great chance to learn about the magic of bees.


The Highlights:

  • Learn more about the process of making maple syrup on a wood fired evaporator
  • Tour the sugar shack and learn about the new technologies of the maple industry
  • Send your taste buds soaring with a sample of sweet maple syrup and taffy on snow
  • Place your name in a draw for a maple bucket containing a bottle of pure maple syrup, maple candies and more
  • Hear about the process of running a family owned and operated business
  • Learn about bee keeping and pollination

 Products available for purchase:

  • Pure Maple Syrup- variety of sizes both in glass or plastic
  • Maple Products: maple sugar candy, maple lolly pops, and hard maple candy
  • Sweet treats from Mad Cravings
  • Honey and honey products from Bonnie Bee Honey
     

Monpeiro Farm
 
Monpeiro Farm is a traditional large-scale family run farm, using commercial and modern day equipment. The farm is highly productive and provides a vast amount of food each year.  Owner Pierre Paul was previously in the dairy farming business but he along with his son now farm poultry. They also grow large crops of corn, soybeans, hay to name a few.

 

Come and learn how essential large scale farming operations are providing food that we all need. Learn about the environmentally friendly, innovative and sustainable practices that Monpeiro Farm has implemented and the work that your local farmers do to bring traditional farming practices into the future.
 

 

Highlights of the Stop

  • Take a bus tour around the farm and hear about how this father-son team manages their land
  • Learn the ins and outs of farming corn, soybeans and other high-demand crops
  • Learn what it takes to have a chicken barn on the farm
  • Meet and greet a variety of friendly farm animals
  • Enjoy samples from Cedar Point Farm

Product available for purchase

  • Homegrown sunflower oil and other products from Cedar Point Farm


Belleroots

271 Thunder Beach Road

Tiny, ON,

https://www.facebook.com/bellerootsfarm/

Evain Maurice established Belleroots farm in 2015. His aim is to regenerate the fertility of the land using a biodynamic and organic gardening approach. Evain grows a variety of vegetables and herbs and tries to make fresh produce more accessible by having CSA (community supported agriculture) boxes. Pay in advance for a season's share of fresh, sustainable grown produce and in return, Evian has a secure market before the season begins and can then focus on getting healthy crops.

Highlights of the Stop

  • Tour the farm
  • Learn about biodynamic and organic gardening
  • See the tools that make small scale agriculture possible

Product available for purchase

  • Various herbs and vegetables

 

Bulbs of Fire

368 Dorion Road

Tiny, ON,

http://www.bulbsoffire.com/

 

Bart and his family never expected the success of this home grown garlic farm. It grew out of the passion he had for local and flavorful food and his own backyard garden. Bulbs of Fire believes that food nourishes the body and soul, so their growing practices take on an organic approach. To them, garlic is about health, taste, and freshness.

They now are growing 35 different strains of heirloom garlic. Not only do they sell garlic, but they sell various garlic mustards, jams, jellies, and tools.

But it doesn't stop at garlic! Bulbs of Fire has a passion for Rabbits, Chickens, and Chicken eggs. Come and visit this successful and passionate farmer right here in the heart of Tiny.

Highlights of the Stop

  • Tour the garlic farm
  • Learn about and grow your passion for this tasty super food
  • Set your taste buds on fire with samples of black garlic

Products Available for Purchase

  • Garlic
  • Garlic spreads
  • Garlic tools

 

Lunch

Prepared by MAD Cravings

Located in Wyebridge, MAD Cravings is a modern BBQ restaurant and bakery owned and operated by Sarah Aikens and Geoff White. They pride themselves on making everything from scratch using fresh local produce and hormone free meats.

Sarah and Geoff will prepare a delicious lunchbox style meal for the Farm Crawl; a fresh sandwich, salad, and a sweet treat. Dietary optionsare also available (vegetarian, vegan and gluten free).

https://madcravings.ca/

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Community Garden

We are in the process of creating a community garden at the old tennis court in Perkinsfield Park!

Complete our 5 minute survey at Perkinsfield Community Garden to tell us your opinion.

Community gardens have been shown to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle in its participants as well as strengthening the community. These gardens are educational tools where people of all ages can learn to care for their own food. Community gardens are pollinator sanctuaries and a proven way to reduce local vandalism and food insecurity!

A community garden is a place for everyone in the community to get involved. Come plant some veggies, learn how to garden or just come to see what we've got growing!

If you are interested in volunteerinf or participating in communty garden events email us at environment@tiny.ca​


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Depave Event

​Depave Event​

​Depave Paradise is a joint project of Green Communities Canada and its members, including Environment Network. Depave Paradise addresses the prolife​rati​on of hard surfaces in modern urban environments through the act of ripping up unused pavement and replacing it with soil and vegetation. Depave Paradise works with local organizations at highly visible sites to stage work bees to liberate the soil and plant gardens. This project is a volunteer-driven pavement removal project to build awareness of the impacts of pavement on our environment and our connection to nature. 

Why Depave?

Hard surfaces, such as parking lots and tennis courts,  prevent rain from soaking into th​e ground which increases flood risk and pollutes water in rivers and lakes. They also create heat sinks, warming up our cities. By removing unused pavement and replacing it with native plants, trees and shrubs we are replenishing groundwater, cooling and beautifying our neighbourhoods.

Why depave by h​and?

Depaving by hand connects people to each other and to their neighbourhood, giving them a sense of ownership, and inspiri​​ng them to make positive changes in their community.

Depaving is an e​​xcellent opportunity to educate the community about building our cities to capture stormwater, grow food, support wildlife, add to the urban tree canopy, and beautify our cities.

On depaving day, volunteers worked in teams to remove pre-cut pa​vement using pry bars and wheelbarrows. 

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Thanks to the hard work of volunteers, the site is now clear to be transformed into a community green space. If you have any thoughts or opinions about what the space should look like, email environment@tiny.ca or fill out the 5 minute survey ​​at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/tinycommunitygarden


Why Eat Local

1. Buying local food benefits the local economy. Support our local farmers, and put your money back into the community!

2. Local food provides better nutrition. Local food spends less time between harvest and your table, retaining its maximum nutrient value.

3. Growing and buying Local is better for the environment. Maintain greenspace and reduce pollution caused by transporting food long distances.

4. Less waste. Because food travels less far, less of it gets wasted during transportation and warehousing.

5. Local food is fresh! Less time is spent in transport so the food you're eating is at a maximum level of freshness.

6. Local food is good for the local soil. If we ate locally, we'd have a big diversification of local agriculture, reducing our reliance on monoculture (growing single-food crops).

7. More tourists are attracted. Agricultural tourism (or agritourism) is a thriving industry on its own. These tourists are attracted to roadside stands and farmers markets.

8. Local food is affordable. Especially If you grow it yourself! You can also save money at the cash register by buying your produce in season.

9. There are high expectations on local food. Produce grown in Ontario has to pass rigorous health and safety regulations and the hormones given to livestock is heavily regulated.

10. Local foods promote food safety. There are less chances for your food to be contaminated between the farm and your table.

 

HOW CAN WE DO BETTER

  • Buy in season
  • Plant flowers and herbs that attract pollinators, the rest of your garden will thank you!
  • Store your food properly to minimize waste
  • When throwing out food go by look/smell (not by expiration date)
  • Be creative with your leftovers and the less glamourous parts of fruit and vegetables (i.e. put your broccoli stems to use in a soup).
  • Always check to see if your food was grown locally and buy accordingly ​



What's in Season?

​Always try and eat in-season produce in order to save the most money. Buying in season also helps to reduce the demand for imported produce, supporting our local farmers and our local food.​what-is-in-season.pdf.

How to Re-grow Produce

After you use your veggies, don't compost them right away! A lot of veggies can be regrown.

Place your green onions in a vase with water and watch them regrow, put a head of lettuce in water and watch it grow roots, then transplant it into soil.

Herbs can be re-grown from cuttings. Potatoes, garlic and ginger can be re-grown sometimes too as long as they weren't treated too harshly with chemical pesticides.

For an in depth guide, click here or email us at environment@tiny.ca .

 



How to Grow Your Own Fruit and Veggies (For Beginners)

Growing a home garden has been shown to enhance nutrition, awareness for where our food comes from and can help to promote mental wellbeing.

  1. Choose a good Site! The site should be in a well trafficked area, so that it is maintained every day. The garden area should be level, and be exposed to a good amount of sunlight (at least 6 hours a day) and with water access nearby.
  2. Start small! Don't take on more than you can keep up with daily, and only grow what you like to eat.
  3. Make sure your soil is fertile, or mix in peat, manure and compost as needed. Consider adding a good triple mix if you are unsure what your plants will need.
  4. Keep plants healthy! Read up on everything you're planting and how to maintain it and make sure to weed and water as much as needed. Certain flowers and herbs can keep away pests so use them strategically. 

For additional resources or a full guide, feel free to email us at environment@tiny.ca .

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Which Fruits and Vegetables You Can Grow for Pollinators

Berries

Berries in all varieties including strawberries, blackberries and raspberries give lots of food throughout the season and attract bees. They can also work very well in your garden as a border around a certain area, as a windbreak and as a habitat for lots of other local wildlife.

Melons, cucumber and zucchini and other flowering fruit plants

These fruits are all members of the family Cucurbitaceae, a very important group of vine-climbing angiosperms. These plants also include pumpkins, squash and gourds. These ancient plants produce a lot of food for us, and beautiful, big flowers that pollinators love!

Fruit trees

The bees love these, and so will your neighbors and a lot of other native wildlife. Peaches, cherries, apples and pears. Everyone likes to have fresh organic fruit on their counter and by planting a few fruit trees around your property, the bees and butterflies will have an easy trail right to your garden.

Herbs

Many herb plants like basil, mint and rosemary are used to repel insects but they don't bother the bees! Most pollinators love these plants, and as a double bonus they will help control pests in your gardens. Butterflies are attracted to chives, thyme, mint and parsley. Hummingbirds are drawn to lavender, bee balm, rosemary and catnip. Bees love basil, lemon balm, sage, dill and most other herbs as well! Plant some of these to attract the right bugs to your garden and for a delicious addition to any meal. ​



Wahnekewaning Phrag Dig

Come out and join us on Thursday, August 16 at Wahnekewaning Beach from 9am to 12pm.​​

Wear sun screen, a hat, long sleeves and sturdy shoes!

Check out our phragmites​ page for more information about this invasive plant.

Contact the Environmental Stewards at environment@tiny.ca or at 705-526-4204 ext. 283 for more information.

wahnakewaning phrag dig poster.pdf