Buy Algoma Buy Fresh is a project of the Algoma Food Network that aims to enhance economic opportunities or agriculture in Algoma by facilitating linkages between producers and consumers through promotion, education, and co-operation.
NORDIK and the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) and a number of community partners have worked on the development of a Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) in Algoma District. Research co-chairs: Dr. Gayle Broad and Errol Caldwell
In 2011, the Algoma Sheep and Lamb Association approached NORDIK to explore marketing opportunities for local lamb and chevon (meat goat) products. Researchers: David Thompson (MBA candidate) and Broderick Causley.
Researcher David Thompson analyzes Northern co-operatives and place-based businesses that support a value chain for local beef. Challenges and opportunities explored include scale, regulations, markets and infrastructure.
The research study surveys the propensity and capacity for Sault Ste. Marie food businesses to purchase local food. The research project is aimed at building relationships between local farmers and businesses in the food sector through education.