what grows to­gether, goes to­gether

There’s a nat­u­ral har­mony that ex­ists when plants, an­i­mals and peo­ple share a small, very spe­cial cor­ner of the world – breath­ing the same air, drink­ing the same wa­ter, draw­ing nu­tri­ents from the same soil.

Food & Drink - - SPECIAL OCASSION -

HEALTHY FOOD grown close to home is a thread wo­ven through the lives of all On­tar­i­ans – con­nect­ing us from the sky­scrapers of down­town Toronto to the rolling hills of the Ottawa Val­ley, from the rocky out­crop­pings of Thun­der Bay to the vine­yards of Ni­a­gara. It’s a bounty that ex­tends all year round. The fi­nal days of sum­mer and first crisp days of fall are some­thing to cel­e­brate across the province – with corn, wheat, beans and other crops ripe and ready for har­vest. Glis­ten­ing green­houses near the shores of our Great Lakes en­sure an abun­dant sup­ply of fresh veg­eta­bles ev­ery month of the year. We know May brings as­para­gus and June brings cher­ries. But, fresh, lo­cally raised meat is al­ways in sea­son. For the farm­ers who grow that food, and the peo­ple who pre­pare it, agri­cul­ture and food is more than a liveli­hood – it’s how they feed their own fam­i­lies, along with mil­lions of oth­ers. Re­liant on healthy soil and wa­ter – and com­mit­ted to vi­brant neigh­bour­hoods, towns and cities – farm­ers take their re­spon­si­bil­ity se­ri­ously, en­sur­ing that de­li­cious, healthy food grown in our own back­yard re­mains avail­able, af­ford­able and sus­tain­able. The con­nec­tion be­tween On­tario food, farm fam­i­lies and the peo­ple they feed springs from the deep bonds we share when we know where our food comes from, when we trust in our food, and en­joy ev­ery de­li­cious morsel. This har­vest sea­son, and all through the year, we in­vite you to cel­e­brate the amaz­ing qual­ity, di­ver­sity and abun­dance of the food grown right here in On­tario, ON Com­mon Ground. ON Com­mon Ground is a grass­roots part­ner­ship of farm groups led by On­tario Pork, Grain Farm­ers of On­tario and On­tario Green­house Veg­etable Grow­ers. The group is com­mit­ted to cel­e­brat­ing con­nec­tions be­tween farm­ing, food and com­mu­ni­ties in On­tario.

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