There is a famous Nigerian proverb that teaches “It takes a village to raise a child”. In other words, there is a social responsibility of community that reaches well beyond one’s own family.
In the case of the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens, it takes a County to address food security and apparently Bruce County is up to the challenge. As we move forward today, we acknowledge the outpouring of support from federal and provincial governments, the County of Bruce and its municipal governments, local food and farming organizations, other non-profit and educational institutions, the Grey-Bruce Health Unit, numerous private businesses, the general public who have volunteered in our mattress and box spring deconstructions, the residents of Huron-Kinloss, and those who have provided us with much needed and appreciated words of support.
Almost 10% of the population of Bruce County suffers moderate to severe food insecurity. Now is the time for change. The mandate of the BBFG is to use the vehicles of agri and edu-tourism to bring the issues of food security, sustainable agriculture and the plight of the small family farm to the attention of its visiting public and, through its programming, to actively take a bite out of food insecurity in our region. It cannot be solved over night. The journey will be long..
However, today we celebrate the efforts of everyone involved. Specifically we give thanks to our key partners, the Township of Huron-Kinloss for the land on which this project will be developed; the Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation who recognized the outward reaching opportunities this project can bring forth; and the National Farmer’s Union for their financial support and shared vision. We could not be standing on this land with shovel ready to break ground without the generous financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and we are pleased to have Bertha Scott, the community representative from OTF joining us today. Importantly, we have Lisa Thompson, MPP for Huron Bruce here to celebrate our achievements to date with an eye forward to the accomplishments that await.
Today we celebrate the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s acknowledgement that a County can’t be wrong in addressing food security head on.
Lisa Thompson, MPP Huron-Kinloss
Lynne Taylor, President BBFG
Freeman Boyd, Project Coordinator of the Local Food Project, Grey-Bruce Foodlink
Heather Pletsch-Community Project Facilitator BBFG
Bertha Scott-Ontario Trillium Foundation
Wilf Gamble-Deputy Mayor, Huron-Kinloss
Allan Ribbink-Director Designate-Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation
(Photo Courtesy of Kincardine Times)
(photo Courtesy of Anne Judd)