Thank You!


Jen and Chris were honoured to accept the Environmental Stewardship award tonight at the 18th annual Business Excellence awards.

Thank you for the nominations, and to all the businesses who voted for us.



General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, April 7 @ 4 p.m. 

@ Agricultural Centre in Dryden

Join us as we present the 2013 audited statements

and help us appoint an auditor for 2014.

Your input is greatly valued & we hope to see you there!


Title: Regional Project Manager

Organization: Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op

Location: based in Dryden, with work throughout the region, Ontario

The Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op is the first on-line co-op in Northwestern Ontario. Incorporated as a non-profit, multi-stakeholder co-operative in 2013, we strengthen local food security and rural sustainability by encouraging local production of a diverse range of foods and consumer products.

CLFC strives to foster a thriving local food community by: cultivating & facilitating farmer-consumer relationships; promoting the enjoyment of naturally grown, fairly priced, healthy food; and providing education & resources regarding environmentally sensitive agriculture.

With a growing membership which already exceeds 500 consumers, producers, and community organizations, CLFC’s primary goals are to increase sales of locally produced food and products, support environmentally friendly & sustainable farming practices in our area, and encourage cohesion amongst individuals and organizations who wish to support local food production.

We are seeking a project manager to oversee a Regional Food Mapping & Distribution Project for an 18 month minimum term.

1. Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op Regional Project Manager

a. Terms of Reference (TOR)

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the incumbent will implement a project on Mapping Local Food Systems in Northwestern Ontario.

General description of task(s) and objectives to be achieved:

  • Provide strategic direction and leadership in the implementation of the project in the Northewestern Ontario region
  • Prepare, coordinate and manage detailed work plans/budget of the project
  • Monitor and ensure the quality and timeliness of the execution of project work plans, reporting, and deliverables
  • Work in collaboration with Steering Advisory Committee (SAC)
  • Plan and execute Stakeholder Advisory Committees (SAC) Meetings and Minutes
  • Execute the environmental scan process with support from students researchers/volunteers
  • Execute the asset and resource mapping process
  • Assist in the identifying and hiring process of consultants
  • Plan and execute the project communications & outreach plan
  • Plan and execute the project information & knowledge management plan
  • Oversee the development of the geo-spatial web modeling tool
  • Plan events and capacity-building activities-workshops/training/demonstrations
  • Project report writing
  • Establish and maintain effective links with of the project partners, faculty members and ensure their involvement and ownership at all levels of the implementation of the project
  • Oversee logistics and administration with support staff
  • Execute project exit plan
  • Perform other related duties as required

Required Competencies:

  • Advanced university degree in agriculture sciences, rural development, natural resources, or related fields and/or
  • At least 7 years’ experience in senior project management and coordination position in a related development and community engagement project, and
  • Experience with research methodology and concepts
  • Experience working with information and knowledge management
  • Ability to plan and manage events
  • Ability to develop and execute communications plan
  • Working in team environment and defining and achieving set up targets
  • Demonstrated capacity to support, advise and guide institutional building processes
  • Capacity to liaise and effectively work with various partners
  • Strong managerial/leadership and decision making-skills, interpersonal skill, commitment to team work and working across disciplines and stakeholders at all levels
  • Ability to plan, organize, implement and report on work
  • Excellent communication, writing and presentation skills in English

Please email applications in confidence to:*

or mail to:
Jen Springett c/o PACE
Box 668
Dryden, ON P8N 2Z3

Deadline for applications: March 31st, 2015

Applications received after the closing date will not be given consideration. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview and presentation.

Farm to Fork: Honey Love Event Details!



Tickets are now SOLD OUT for this sweet event!

Here are the much anticipated details:

Farm to Fork: Honey Love

Sunday, February 8 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Kano Reid

Cost: $50 per person (plus applicable taxes and fees) – Bottles of wine also available for purchase (pre-sale online) to compliment your meal.

Includes: 5-course-honey inspired meal, expertly prepared by Kano Reid’s Red Seal Chef Kyle Barker, washed down with a pint of Lake of the Woods Honey Lager,  while local honey producer Paula Hughes from Cherry Bell Hideout delves into the subtleties of honey production.

5-course-honey-inspired menu:

Amuse bouche: Charcuterie, Thunder Oak Gouda cheeses, hot pepper jelly, apple, pickle, creamed honey, bee pollen.

Appetizer: “Eggs Charlotte.” Soft poached egg, Eagle Lake whitefish, mead reduction hollandaise, English muffin, radish, bee pollen

Salad: Rabbit and wild rice in honey lager vinaigrette, dried cranberry, orange segments, honey glazed pistachios, torn radicchio.

Main: Bee pollen crusted rack of lamb, celeriac purée, sautéed fennel, honey and saffron cream sauce, tarragon and rosemary oils.

Dessert: Bread pudding, spun honey, grapefruit-pecan honey

Featuring local suppliers:

Cherry Belt Hideout, Honey Mill Farms, Rainy River Meats, Thread of Flour, Lake of the Woods Brewery, Hale’s Fisheries, Bulk Zone and Thunder Oak Cheese Farm.