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The Research and Innovation Branch will be delivering new communication products to share knowledge and successes that result from OMAFRA’s investments in research and innovation.

ONagrimattersOur products will highlight partners’ successes, funding opportunities, events and resources and information specific to:
  • Agricultural and Rural Policy
  • Bioeconomy – Industrial uses
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Emergency Management
  • Food for Health
  • Products and Value Chains
  • Production Systems (Plants, Animals)
  • Innovation and Commercialization
  • Knowledge Translation and Transfer

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Food for Health Research Forum

Join us Thursday, April 9 for the 2015 OMAFRA – University of Guelph Food for Health Research Forum at the Conference Centre, 1 Stone Road, Guelph from 8:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m.

Details include:

Health Promotion in Ontario – The Link Between Food and Chronic Disease

Martha Greenberg, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Promotion Division, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care — 9 am

Industry and Consumer Perspectives on Food for Health — 9.30
Crossing the Divide – From Academic Research to Industry Output — 10.45
Healthy Eating for Healthy Aging — 11.15
Food Literacy and Healthy Eating — 1 pm
Building Local Food Capacity to Increase Healthy Eating and Create Social and Economic Benefits — 2.30
Grad Student Poster Prize Announcement and Closing Remarks — 3.30

To attend via webinar or see the agenda


Food for Health Research Forum


April 9, 2015
Conference Centre, 1 Stone Road, Guelph, ON
8:30 AM — 3:30 PM

Food for Health Research Forum

  • Learn about Food for Health research
  • Discuss links between research, industry applications and improving the health of Ontarians
  • Connect with researchers, industry and government
  • View grad student posters in the Food for Health Student Poster Competition

Food for Health is a research theme under the OMAFRA – University of Guelph Partnership. This event will be free. Further details about in-person and webex registration will be sent out soon.

Jen Weston
jen.weston at ontario.ca or
Sara Fisher
sfishe01 at uoguelph.ca

Project SOIL Webinar

Shared Opportunities on Institutional Lands: Challenges and opportunities of on-site food production

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. EDT

In Ontario, several institutions are already producing food on their properties as a way to generate revenue; supply nutritious fresh food for consumption (by staff, patients, students, etc.); provide skills training and therapeutic benefits; and build social enterprises.

Project SOIL is a three-year feasibility study that explores the potential of on-site food production at public health care and educational institutions in Ontario.  This webinar will share how project partners at health care, social service and educational institutions went about getting gardens off the ground at their institutions, as well as some of the lessons we learned in the first year of working with pilot projects across the province.

Webinar participants will include:

  • Chef Christopher Jess, high school culinary arts instructor in Fergus Ontario, and the guiding force behind the Food School Farm (Centre Wellington District High School);
  • Doug Dowhos, Supervisor of Employment Options for St. Joseph’s Care Group and creator of the GreenWerks Garden social enterprise (Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital);
  • Tami Proctor, Registered Horticultural Therapist  leading the Victorian Garden project at Homewood Health Centre;
  • Louise Quenneville, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and Project Manager at Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital; and
  • Jenny Weickert, Our Farm coordinator at KW Habilitation.


For more information and to register, please contact Irena Knezevic at irena.knezevic@carleton.ca