Sustainable New Agricultural Products & Productivity (SNAPP) Program

With an investment of $290,000 from FedNor and Industry Canada through the Northern Ontario Development Fund, the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre and 3 northern partners (including Clover Valley Farmers’ Market of Fort Frances) conducted a pilot project in 2014 to help small agri-food producers and processors in northern Ontario create new and value-added products. Eight applicants from the Thunder Bay area were successful grant recipients. Three farms added cold storage onto their farming operations to extend the season, 1 farm added a greenhouse to their operation, a local flour mill purchased an oil press to begin making local canola oil, and 3 additional businesses undertook food processing (an apple cider press, a hamburger patty maker, and a brewing system).