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Winter newsletter 2020

Through its concertation and coordination mandates in the regional biofood sector, the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais (TAO) publishes the newsletter Info Agro-Outaouais which will gather news, information, and events and training offered by the different regional partners of the sector. This newsletter is aimed at you, the regional biofood businesses, and it aims at regrouping all the content that appeals to you or is likely to interest you.

Here is the schedule of publications:

Winter Edition: Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

Spring Edition: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

Summer Edition: Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

Autumn Edition: Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

To send us relevant news, information, or events and training, or for more information, please contact Aurélie Boyer, Project Manager at the TAO, by email or phone (819 281-7676).

We hope that the content of the newsletter will please you!

News


A Word From the New Regional Commercialization Agent: Here to Serve You!

JEAN-FRANÇOIS PATRY, Commercialization Agent at the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais (TAO)

In October 2019, it is with great joy that I joined the dynamic team of the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais (TAO) as a commercialization agent. It’s a return to the TAO for me!

Indeed, with a master’s degree in regional development, I started my professional career right here, at the TAO, in 2010, as project manager for the first editions of the Outaouais’ Gourmet Festival and the Parcours Outaouais Gourmet. I then went to work as an executive coordinator for a few years with the family business PPTA Financial Services, before joining the team of the Coopérative de développement régional Outaouais-Laurentides (CDROL) as a development agent. It was with the desire to take on new challenges that I finally seized the opportunity to join the TAO team to support the commercialization of agri-food products which is booming.

Do you have an agri-food business? Do not hesitate to call upon my services; I can help you:

  • Develop a marketing plan;
  • Develop a marketing strategy;
  • Develop new points of sale;
  • Structure your product offer;
  • Support you in the development of your business.

I look forward to working with you!

Jean-François Patry
Commercialization Agent
jfpatry@agro-outaouais.com
Mobile: 819 790-1198
Phone: 819 281-7676

Credit: Stéphanie Lachaîne


Outaouais’ Bite Into It LPG Christmas Market: A Great Success!

AURÉLIE BOYER, Project Manager at the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais (TAO)

From December 1st to 24th, 2019, in order to support the commercialization of local products in our region, the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais (TAO) held, for a third consecutive year, a regional food stand in Les Promenades Gatineau, the largest shopping center in our region. The Outaouais’ Bite Into It LPG Christmas Market brought together a dozen regional producers, processors and artisans to stimulate local food sales during the holiday season. On sale at the stand, an array of local products: alcohols, almonds, chocolates, jams and marmalades, essential oils, honey, maple products, etc.

This year again, the market generated more visits and more sales. This confirms that our promotional campaign was effective and also that local food has, and even more than ever, wind in its sails. At the Outaouais’ Bite Into It LPG Christmas Market, we also met consumers who wanted to stock up on tasty regional treats and encourage local businesses. We want to thank them for their support!

We salute the participating businesses for their hard work; for them, the month of December was a real marathon! In working together on this project, we are defining an attractive new marketing formula for local food producers. That is why, now that the evaluation of the 3rd edition is done, we are already looking forward to the 4th.

We remain available to answer your questions; feel free to contact me, Aurélie Boyer, by email or by phone (819 281-7676).


Participate in the Socioeconomic Study of Public Markets in Quebec

AURÉLIE BOYER, Project Manager at the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais (TAO)

The Association des marchés publics du Québec (AMPQ), in collaboration with the ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation (MAPAQ) and the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA), mandated the firm MCE Conseils to carry out a study on the socioeconomic benefits of public markets in Quebec.

The study aims to:

  1. Determine the incentives and obstacles that impact the participation of producers, processors and agri-food artisans in public market activities;
  2. Evaluate the socioeconomic benefits of public markets;
  3. Identify and document the links between public markets and agrotourism.

Seeking the input of producers, processors and agri-food artisans, the firm launched an anonymous and confidential questionnaire.

You have until Friday, February 7th, 2020 to complete it.

Questionnaire

Based on the results, the AMPQ hopes, with the help of its collaborators, to develop tools and services for public market managers and producers, and to highlight the importance of the benefits of this marketing channel.

For questions or comments related to this study, do not hesitate to contact Jean-Nick Trudel, executive director (AMPQ), by email or by phone (514 554-9553).

Credit: TAO


Subsidized Advisory Services: an Opportunity to Develop your Agricultural Business

KATÉHÉ TRAORÉ, Coordinator of the Réseau Agriconseils Outaouais (RAO)

The Réseau Agriconseils’ mandate is to refer agricultural producers to experienced agricultural consultants who can support them to make their business more viable.

The Réseau Agriconseils subsidizes up to 85% of the services of consultants; producers therefore only pay a relatively small amount of the consultant’s service fees.

The consultants that are authorized to offer services to producers through the Réseau Agriconseils work in various fields: agro-environment, management, agricultural production techniques, local processing and marketing.

Across Quebec, the Réseau Agriconseils has more than 350 consultants who can address your concerns.

For the 2018-2023 period, each agricultural producer can have access to at least $ 30,000 in grants covering consulting services. Some producers make maximum use of this envelope, while others little or not at all. We invite all agricultural producers in the Outaouais region to use their subsidy envelope and to seek the help of consultants to make their business profitable. Even when you think you are in control of your business, the external eye of a consultant can be helpful.

To benefit from consulting services, it’s easy. Simply contact the Réseau Agriconseils Outaouais (RAO) coordinator:

Katéhé Traoré
Coordinator – RAO
outaouais@agriconseils.qc.ca
Phone: 819 281-7832


Infographic on the Management of Agricultural Plastics in the Outaouais Region

Conseil Régional de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable de l’Outaouais (CREDDO)

In 2018, the Conseil régional de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable de l’Outaouais (CREDDO) set up a working committee with a goal of improving the management of agricultural plastics in the Outaouais region. Since then, three meetings have taken place in order to reunite the main local stakeholders and understand the needs and expectations related to the management of this specific waste. The Outaouais being a huge territory and the issues sometimes numerous, it seemed important to us to offer an online survey to the farmers. This survey, available over a period of 7 months (2018-2019), allowed us to identify the current situation for the management of agricultural plastics in Outaouais. 124 farmers participated and answered our questions. We isolated some of this information and created this infographic which was shared with our partners and local stakeholders during the Circular Economy Week in Outaouais (October 28th to 31st, 2019). This document and the results we are now sharing contribute to a better understanding of agriculture in the region.

We are convinced that combining forces and everyone’s knowledge will enable us to improve our waste management practices. This is why we are pleased to be able to work in collaboration with the ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation, (MAPAQ), all of the Outaouais RCMs, the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) as well as the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais (TAO).

Find out more about CREDDO’s projects and our positioning by visiting our website and our social networks.


A unifying project for the MRC des Collines: the TAACoMOBILE of the Table autonome des aînés des Collines (TAAC)

Table autonome des aînés des Collines (TAAC)

The TAACoMOBILE is a mobile refrigerated unit that will provide the senior population of today and tomorrow, and their families, with fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers in their living environment. Through an intergenerational approach and wishing to fight against isolation and loneliness, TAACoMOBILE will offer healthy and diversified food in addition to the following services: information hub, accompaniment, support and awareness/prevention on the issues of the senior clientele and their families.

The project will begin in the spring of 2020 in 3 municipalities of the MRC des Collines.

Share the information with your family and friends.

Website

We would very much like to buy from a producer, farmer or market gardener in the MRC des Collines. If you would like to supply us with fruits and/or vegetables, or if you would like to have more information do not hesitate to write us tabledesaines@gmail.com or contact us at 1 855 662-4637 (toll free) or 819 457-9191 ext. 241.

Credit: TAAC


Tap & Cork Route

AURÉLIE BOYER, Project Manager at the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais (TAO)

The Tap & Cork Route is a self-guided tour highlighting the Pontiac Region and Ottawa Valley’s best beers, ciders, wines and spirits. Meet the creators of these delectable samplings, hear their stories and witness their passion for their craft first hand. At each of the 13 stops along the way, you’ll discover unique flavours, aromas, and new favourites:

  • Brauwerk Hoffman;
  • Calabogie Brewing Company;
  • Cartwright Springs Brewery;
  • Coronation Hall Cider Mills;
  • Domaine de Pontiac Village;
  • Farmgate Cider;
  • L’Ancienne Banque;
  • Little Red Wagon Winery;
  • O’Kenny Craft Spirits;
  • Square Timber Brewing Company;
  • Two Hawks Brewing Co.;
  • Whitewater Brewing Company – Lakeside;
  • Whitewater Brewing Company – Riverside.

On the Tap & Cork blog, Katharine Fletcher wrote an article on Coronation Hall Cider Mills. We invite you to check it out to learn more about the Graham family business.

To read the article:

https://www.tapandcork.ca/en/behind-the-craft/visit-the-graham-family-s-apple-icious-cidrerie-in-bristol-quebec/

Happy touring!

Credit: Tap & Cork


Invitation to the Rendez-vous agroalimentaires de l’Outaouais 2020

GENEVIÈVE GROSSENBACHER, Director at the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais (TAO)

Organized by the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais (TAO), in partnership with the ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation, the Rendez-vous agroalimentaires de l’Outaouais are back again this year. On the menu: 11 events focused on specific themes of interest to producers and stakeholders in the agri-food sector, including 8 events in French, 3 events in English and a bilingual event.

 

To see the full program and to sign up:

www.mapaq.gouv.qc.ca/rendezvousoutaouais

Credit: TAO


Invitation to the Petite Nation’s Agriculture and Food Forum (February 21 and 22, 2020)

ANDRÉANE SABOURIN, Rural Development Agent – Agriculture, MRC de Papineau

The Forum on Agriculture and Food in Petite Nation is coming back for the second time. Anyone interested to contribute in creating a sustainable agricultural system and improving food security in the area is invited.

To register:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/billets-forum-sur-lagriculture-et-lalimentation-en-petite-nation-85857416845

For information:

Andréane Sabourin
Rural Development Agent – Agriculture
MRC de Papineau
a.sabourin@mrc-papineau.com
Phone : 819 427-6243 ext. 1407

Credit: MRC de Papineau


EVENTS AND TRAINING

Invitation to Outaouais’ Agri-Food Forum: March 13th, 2020

AURÉLIE BOYER, Project Manager at the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais (TAO)

In 2019, as the 2013-2018 Agri-food Strategic Planning for the Outaouais had just ended, the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais (TAO) initiated the renewal of this planning to elaborate a concerted action plan for the development of the agri-food sector in the region for the next five years.

Started in January 2019, the development of Outaouais’ 2020-2025 Agri-Food Development Plan, which is drawing to a close, included, over the past year:

  • questionnaires to agri-food businesses and regional partners (115 businesses and 20 partners responded);
  • a consumer survey (62 consumers responded);
  • a round of territorial consultations (136 people participated).

The TAO also participated to the annual general meetings of local unions of Fédération de l’Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) Outaouais-Laurentides, where producers share their vision and concerns.

We are again seeking your participation to help us validate the vision and directions of this strategic planning and to complete the action plan that stems from it.

To this end, we cordially invite you to Outaouais’ Agri-Food Forum which will take place on March 13th, 2020, at the Centre Wakefield La Pêche, in La Pêche (38, ch. de la Vallée de Wakefield, La Pêche, Quebec, J0X 3G0), from 9 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

During the forum, we will present a portrait of the region’s agri-food sector, share the results of the 2013-2018 Agri-food Strategic Planning for the Outaouais, update you on Outaouais’ 2020-2025 Agri-Food Development Plan (SWOT analysis [strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats], vision and strategic directions), and share the analysis of the data collected during the past year (questionnaires, consultations, etc.) We will hold a workshop to finalize the action plan. We will invite the actors to propose specific actions, and to identify partners and measurable indicators. The goal: bring stakeholders together, show them the result of their participation and energize them to take part in the implementation of the plan that falls into their realm.

We encourage you to participate in this forum; come hear about the results to date and have your voice heard as we collectively finalize Outaouais’ 2020-2025 Agri-Food Development Plan which aims to determine the main orientations and actions for the development of the region’s agri-food sector over the next five years. Come share your ideas!

To view the detailled program and to register:

http://www.croquezoutaouais.com/en/locate/events-activities/outaouais-agri-food-forum-2019-2024/

We remain available to answer your questions; feel free to contact me, Aurélie Boyer, by email or by phone (819 281-7676).

Credit: TAO


Collectif en formation agricole de l’Outaouais

Workshops in English


Learn more

Information and registration:

Suzanne Laplante
Respondent in agricultural training
crfao@upa.qc.ca