HALIBURTON COUNTY COMMUNITY FOOD ASSESSMENT

AGRICULTURAL FOOD PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION
Author: 
Various
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Date: 
December 2015
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Host: 
Harvest Haliburton
Organization: 
Harvest Haliburton
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Study: 
Community Food Assesment
Abstract: 
Haliburton County consumers and food outlets are eager to access locally grown food.
In growing numbers, they are approaching farmers for product and patronizing farm
gates, the Farmers’ Market and Garlic Fest. However, the demand well exceeds the
amount currently being produced. Although at one time small-scale farming was
widespread in the county, the convergence of complex social and geographical factors
has contributed to its decline over the last century.
The good news is that Haliburton production appears to be turning a corner. The
county is experiencing an increase in homesteads, market gardens, CSAs1, and new
membership in the Farmers’ Market, Garlic Growers’ Association and Farmers’
Association. Over the last few years, several new producers have started farming in
the county. While some are engaged in mid-sized animal farming (lambs, pigs and
goats), more are focusing on vegetables, chickens, eggs, garlic, maple syrup and niche
products such as herbs and baby greens. They are working with the environmental
conditions by exploring season-extending green houses, aquaponics and permaculture.
The availability of successful local venues like the Garlic Fest and Farmers’ Market to
sell their agricultural products has functioned as an economic driver to both initiating
and expanding production.
This report offers both an overview of farming historically as well as an ‘up close and
personal’ glimpse into farming in Haliburton today. Included are the first-hand stories
of several growers and producers who share their experiences, plans and dreams
through a series of interviews.
The story of farming in Haliburton County is about to begin a new chapter.