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The Role of Local Food in Rural Economic Development: A Case Study of Frontenac County

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Title: The Role of Local Food in Rural Economic Development: A Case Study of Frontenac County
Author: Howes, Katherine
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Rural Planning and Development
Advisor: Caldwell, Wayne
Abstract: In Eastern Ontario, many communities have developed local food initiatives to strengthen their local economies. This thesis examines the planning and economic development implications of local food activities for rural communities. To gain insight into the role of local food in rural economic development, this thesis examines the local food economy of Frontenac County, investigating the needs of those involved in the local food supply chain, with an emphasis on the gaps that a potential food hub could fill. The challenges of geography, topography, and lack of access to markets currently limits the growth of the local food economy in Frontenac. It was found that the demand for local food in the region requires further development before a food hub could help ‘scale up’ local food production. This thesis concludes with recommendations for the further development of the local food economy of Frontenac County and considerations for future research.
Date: 2018-12
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