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Kim & Dave Perry - Owners, Local Family Farms

Thanks to Local Family Farms and the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation the Frontenac community now has a source for locally-grown meat, vegetables, and ready-made meals.

Kim and Dave Perry’s long-time support for sustainable farming practices and socially responsible food initiatives led them to open Local Family Farms in Verona in 2007. After a successful first year the store’s dedicated clientele wanted even more than locally-grown meat and vegetables so Kim and Dave approached the Frontenac CFDC for help in realizing their made-inf-Frontenac solution.

“Their guidance and financing allowed us to buy the equipment we needed to diversify from meats and vegetables to ready-made frozen entrees,” says Kim. The upgrades have yielded another, unexpected return too. “Demand is growing again for locally-grown raw products,” explains Kim, “with the help of the Frontenac CFDC our business has expanded full circle.


Grant Supports Agricultural Projects in Rural Canada

The AgriSpirit Fund has a budget of $1,000,000 to fund capital projects (eg. equipment, construction, renovations, etc.) in Canadian communities with less than 100,000 residents. Funding awards are between $5,000 and $25,000 per project. To be eligible applicants must be a registered charity, agricultural society, a municipality or partnered with a municipal government. Supported projects are expected to enhance the quality of life for people living in a rural community. Additionally, project must be completed by December 2013 and display acknowledgment of AgriSpirit’s contribution. Preference will be given to projects that benefit more than on community, encourage volunteerism, focus on agriculture, are not supported by the United Way and will give unabashed funder recognition. The fund will not support previous grant recipients, foundations, religious groups, private schools, political parties or social organization. Projects that have an adverse effect on the environment, support personal endeavours or sustain ongoing activities are not eligible. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS JUNE 20, 2010.

For grant or tax rebate consulting services, contact:
David Reynolds,


Enhance your E-Business Practices with the Small Business Internship Program

A significant number of established small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are currently only connected to the Internet or are passively on-line, and might not be taking advantage of the possibilities offered by e-business. The Small Business Internship Program seeks to improve the competitiveness of SMEs by supporting businesses to actively market on-line and improve theri competitiveness with e-business practices and technology.

join the Small Business Internship Program Team, as they explain how the program could work for you business. Victor Paul-Elias will present the English Webinar and Lynne Antoine will present the French webinar.

The webinar takes place on Thursday May 12, 2011 at 12:00pm Eastern Time in English and at 1:30pm Eastern Time in French. If you’re interested in attending, complete the registration form.

For more information please send an email to or visit


Calling All Cheese Lovers to Prince Edward County!

Cheese Festival Logo

Historic Crystal Palace and the Picton Fairgrounds will make for quite a mouth-watering scene on June 4-5 2011.

That’s when the first-ever Great Canadian Cheese Festival takes place, bringing together the country’s leading cheesemakers from coast-to-coast so cheese lovers can meet to learn, talk, taste and buy the best in artisan, farmstead and specialty cheese – and sample fine wine, craft beer, cider and artisanal foods.

The two day festival features:
On Saturday, June 4: a keynote presentation to kick off proceedings, a fell day of cheese-tasting seminars, pairing cheese with wine, beer and cider, a buffet lunch and, in the evening, outstanding chefs using cheese to create tasting dished for the Cooks & Curds Cheese Gala.

On Sunday June 5: a Cheese Fair & Artisan Food Market featuring more than 30 Canadian Cheesemakers, more than 100 artisan and farmstead cheese to sample and purchase, winemakers, and craft brewers offering tastings, plus a host of artisan food producers, with a tutored tasting of Canadian Cheese Grand Prix winners, a cheesemaking demonstration and whey more.

Plus: a six-hour, guided tour of local cheese plants and diary farms on Friday and Saturday

Bonus: On Friday, the Festival eve, cheese-themed dinner at County restaurants such as Angeline’s Restaurant & Inn featuring acclaimed chef Michael Potters.

For more information about the Festival or to buy tickets visit:


Verona Community Improvement Plan

The County of Frontenac and the Township of South Frontenac have started working together to develop a community improvement plan (CIP) for the village of Verona. Community improvement plans are a planning tool used across Ontario to revitalize towns and villages using incentives to stimulate private sector development and municipal initiatives that help improve a community. For example, many communities provide grants to businesses to help improve their signage and storefronts in order to create a more attractive mainstreet.

An initial public meeting was held in February to provide background on what a community improvement plan is. A second workshop is now planned to review the comments and ideas from the first community meeting; to discuss potential projects and programs for the community improvement plan; and to review the draft work prepared to date. This meeting will help the project team find out which programs and projects can have the greatest impact and benefit for revitalizing Verona, as well as helping to lay out a vision for the future of the village.

Workshop Details:
Thursday April 7th 2011
6:30 to 8:00 pm
Verona Lions Hall, 4504 Verona Sand Rd, Verona


Wolfe Island Hockeyville Update

Wolfe Island has made the TOP 5 for Kraft Hockeyville! The voting is now closed and on April 2nd we will find our who will be crowned Kraft Hockeyville. The announcement will be made during CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada Broadcast.

Help Wolfe Island Celebrate their top 5 on April 2nd with a day full of festivities for the family:

9:00 am t0 11:00 am – Pancake Breakfast (United Church)
10:30 am Prep Rally (Community Centre)
11:00 am to 6:00 pm Whites Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Local Music, Children’s Activities
11:00 am to 5:00 pm Family Ball Hockey Tournament (Community Centre)
11:00 am to 5:00 pm Wolfe Island Hockey Hall of Fame (Township Hall)
12:00 pm to 6:30 pm Kraft BBQ (Community Centre)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Intermission in Ball Tournament for skills clinic
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Kraft Cake and Cookie Tea School (Township Hall)
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Resume Family Ball Hockey Tournament
4:00 pm Kraft Dinner Recipe Contest (Community Centre)
6:30 pm Live Broadcast Pre-Game Show (Community Centre)


Frontenac CFDC Bursary

Available to residents of the Township of North Frontenac, Central Frontenac, South Frontenac or the Frontenac Islands, who have been accepted into a full-time Skilled Trades or Technology Program, or who intend to register as an apprentice and attend St. Lawrence College within the next 2 years. Students currently completing the first level of an Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program who plan to continue the next level at the college are also eligible. Applicants must be enrolled at any secondary school within the Limestone District School Board or the Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board. The on-line application should include a description of: school involvement (clubs, committees, extra-curricular activities, etc), community involvement/volunteerism, a demonstration of motivation/initiative, and financial need for the bursary. In order for the application to be considered, the following documents must be mailed: a copy of a high school transcript and a letter of recommendation from a teacher in the technology department of the school outlining the reasons why this student should receive the bursary – mailed by April 30 to St Lawrence College Awards Office, 100 Portsmouth Av. Kingston ON K7L 5A6

To apply online visit : and type in 1338 under award number


Vote, Vote, Vote – Wolfe Island Hockeyville 2011


Help Wolfe Island make the top 5 and become Kraft Hockeyville 2011

How to vote:
Phone: 1-866-533-8066 and


Vote Wolfe Island Kraft Hockeyville 2011

Help Wolfe Island become Kraft Hockeyville 2011. On Sunday Feb 20th the CBC is coming to Wolfe Island to see their spirit and hear their stories. The Wolfe Island Hockeyville Commitee is challenging residents to decorate their front yards with Hockeyville signs, hockey sticks, and hockey snowmen. Spread the word that we are ready, and join your community at the Wolfe Island Winter Festival held as well on the 20th.

The top ten entries will be showcased on Kraft Hockeyville on March 8th, 2011. When Wolfe Island makes that cut the next phase is determined by audience voting – March 8 to 13. It can be done online or by telephone. March 19 the final five will be announced and audience voting will continue until March 21 with the Grand Prize winner announced on April 2, 2011.

The Prizes are:
1st – $100,000 Grand Prize
2nd – $25,000
3rd – $25,000
4th – $25,000
5th – $25,000

If Wolfe Island wins the prize money will go towards the Wolfe Island Rink. Check out some of the great photos and stories that have been submitted so far


The Ontario Self-Employment Benefit Program

Unemployed? Thinking of starting a business? The Ontario Self-Employment Benefit Program provides income support while you are starting your business and training. An information session is being held March 2nd from 2:00 to 4:00pm. For more information visit or call Skebo and Associates at 613-545-0244

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