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Local foods in farm-focused fundraiser


April 18, 2013
By Dave Harrison

April 18, 2013, Waterford, Ont. – A farm-focused fundraiser today
featured ham, omelettes, real fruit smoothies, and sweet potato
pancakes.

April 18, 2013, Waterford, Ont. – A farm-focused fundraiser today featured ham, omelettes, real fruit smoothies, and sweet potato pancakes.

Sweet potato pancakes?

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The Child Nutrition Network of the Haldimand-Norfolk REACH (Resource, Education and Counselling Help) program hosted a Country Breakfast at the Springview Farm Golf Course today.

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Members of the Country Breakfast team of the Child Nutrition Network.

Featured were many locally grown or raised farm products, including the sweet potato foods provided by Round Plains Plantation and owners Juli and Bob Proracki.

Among breakfast sponsors was Annex Business Media.

The network, formed in 1998, helps schools and community programs create and maintain breakfast, early morning meal, lunch and snack programs for children in the region.

Some 51 schools are involved in the program, with 7,223 students served.

The programs are located in elementary and secondary schools within both the Grand Erie District and the Brant-Haldimand Norfolk Catholic school boards.

The program’s Farm to School project includes 13 programs across and involves 11 farm vendors/producers.

In total, just over 3,200 volunteers help out, including parents, community members, businesses, principals, teachers and other school staff.

Norfolk County is the fifth largest agricultural region in Ontario ($419 million in annual farm gross receipts), averaged on a per-farm basis. Among major crops, it produces eight per cent of Ontario’s greenhouse flowers.


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