For the first time in its 10-year history, the Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network (EOAN) has funding commitments from three municipalities in the region.
This year the United Counties of SDG and the City of Cornwall have joined with the United Counties of Prescott and Russell in making substantial financial commitments to the network to expand existing marketing activities and member services and develop new programs.
“We have been working closely with the EOAN since 2011, and we are proudly joining the City of Cornwall as well as the United Counties of SDG in continuing to support the regional agri-food sector,” said Stéphane Sarrazin, Warden of the UCPR.
“The City of Cornwall and SDG have each decided to also fund the EOAN at a rate of $25,000 each per year, and to each send a delegate to our board of directors,” said EOAN executive director Tom Manley, who added UCPR’s funding commitment of $40,000 remains in place. “That gives the EOAN a starting budget of $90,000 this year, plus various membership revenues and fees for services delivered. It will be a great year for local food in eastern Ontario.”