Main image: (from left) Pam Carnochan, Morgan House Wool Works Studio; Kristi MacDonald, BeeBAGZ; and Laura Gilmour, Wild Muskoka Botanicals. (Photo of Gilmour courtesy of @wildmuskoka/Instagram.)
Thirty agricultural and equine businesses from Northern Ontario will participate in the Northern Ontario Agri-Food Pavilion for the 2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair’s virtual event from November 10-14, 2020. Three local entrepreneurs are among them.
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The local businesses exhibiting in the Northern Ontario Agri-Food Pavilion are:
BeeBAGZ. Kristi MacDonald founded BeeBAGZ to offer consumers an alternative to plastic sandwich bags. The waterproof, self-sealing, reusable storage bags are made from 100% cotton, beeswax, jojoba oil and resin. Available in small, medium and large sizes, they can last for at least a year and their use could potentially eliminate thousands of single-use plastic bags from ending up in landfills and waterways.
Morgan House Wool Works Studio. With wool from her sheep, Pam Cornochan of Morgan House Wood Works Studio creates unique landscapes using felting techniques. She shears the sheep, dyes the wool and then creates artwork known as Watercolour with Wool. She has been showing her work in several shows and galleries in the Huntsville and Maynooth areas. Raised in Huron County, Pam has also been teaching her craft in Algonquin Park, area schools, the McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinburg, and in her barn studio.
Wild Muskoka Botanicals. Wild Muskoka Botanicals is a producer of artisan wild foods and traditional botanical medicines. Ingredients are locally foraged in a sustainable manner, and then hand-produced on a small scale in an effort to maintain the focus on creating high quality products made with ecological integrity. Laura Gilmour creates the products by developing her own original formulas or by modifying traditional recipes as she constantly experiments with new possibilities using plants from the Muskoka region.
“We are proud to partner with the Government of Canada and FedNor in this important initiative that showcases Northern Ontario products and services while supporting the growth and vitality of businesses across the region, said Neil Fox, general manager, Economic Partners., in a media release. “This year, the emphasis is on e-commerce and this event is an opportunity for our participants to enhance their online presence and explore new business opportunities. E-commerce is becoming increasingly important as businesses mitigate the impacts of the pandemic.”
The Royal was established in 1922. Visitors can register free of charge for this year’s five-day virtual event. The content will be available on demand for a full year.
See the full list of Northern Ontario Agri-food Pavilion exhibitors here (PDF).
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