Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

Have your say on proposal for rare heritage farm’s future as innovation incubator

Georgina, Ont. — The Ontario Water Centre for Innovation, Research and Learning (The Water Centre) is proposing the Sedore/Reed farm at 481 Lake Drive East, Willow Beach, Georgina, be re-imagined as a place of discovery and fun with the help of a consortium of public, private, not-for-profit, academic and community partners.
“Our vision is for ClearWater at the Reed Farm to advance the 21st century’s two most important frontiers — water and food, which are inextricably linked,” said Annabel Slaight, chair of The Water Centre. “Few people realize agriculture draws 70 percent of the world’s fresh water.”
Many community members put this proposal together. They are very excited to be speaking with government, academic and corporate partners such as; IBM, Markham and Seneca College Faculty Communications Arts.
The foundation of the proposal begins by honouring what exists: the Reed family homestead, the buildings, the Class 1 farmland that has the highest productivity for a variety of crops (only 0.5 percent of the land in Canada is Class 1 farmland) and a waterfront in its natural unaltered state.
The farm is re-imagined as a testing ground and demonstration site for scientific and social advancement about food, water and watershed living. The vision is to grow vegetables, fruits and herbs, to stimulate jobs, including high paying knowledge-based jobs, training in farming water-wise best management practices and the culinary arts. Chefs-in-training will learn from professionals in the farm’s state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen to develop skills that will help them be leaders in Ontario’s expanding culinary arts
industry, locally and beyond. There will be partnership opportunities for universities, colleges, business and social service agencies.
It will be a place that honours the past, adds value to the neighbourhood, and creates ripples that will take Georgina into a better future. A place where residents can connect with each other and the earth; a place to come to experience the land that will attract tourists to Georgina.
 “By celebrating the area’s agricultural roots and this site’s historical importance as a trading site for the pioneers and the Chippewa we are ensuring these connections will survive and flourish for future generations,” Slaight said.
The Ontario Water Centre is an educational, not-for-profit organization with CRA registered charitable status. Its mission is to “advance water thinking, engage people, and create ripples” by making Lake Simcoe a living laboratory and use 21st century communications to nurture water innovation, and foster value-added economic and social benefits to communities. It has been nurtured into being by the Ladies of the Lake Conservation Association with the support of South Lake Community Futures Development Corporation, York Region, the Town of Georgina and blue chip academic and business partners.
The team behind this proposal asks everyone, if the proposal resonates, to please add input by going to www.clearwaterfarm.ca.
You can also click to voice support and take a short survey.
Tell the team what is important to you and you can be part of the “ClearWater at the Reed Farm” legacy.
For additional information go to www.clearwaterfarm.ca.
The ClearWater at the Reed Farm proposal is available for download. Courtesy of the Ontario Water Centre for Innovation, Research & Learning
www.ontariowatercentre.ca

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