Kingston set to welcome a regional community training farm

Earlier today, the City of Kingston and Province of Ontario unveiled plans for the Kingston & Region Community Training Farm project.

Set to be located at the corner of Front and Days roads, this multi-partner workforce development initiative will deliver innovative skills training that responds to the labour market needs of the agriculture sector, while creating local employment opportunities.

“This project will create employment opportunities and positive employment outcomes in a sector that experienced significant labour market shortages pre-pandemic, while strengthening the resilience of the local food ecosystem and positioning the community for economic growth. In addition to supporting farmers and local food production, our project targets under-represented groups who have faced some of the largest economic impacts of the pandemic,” said Mayor Bryan Paterson.

“Careers in farming and agriculture provide an opportunity to do meaningful, hands-on work while making a difference in your community,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “That’s why our government is investing in programs like the Community Training Farm, which give jobseekers the skills they need to join in-demand industries, earning bigger pay cheques for themselves and their families.”

The Kingston & Region Community Training Farm will be housed on the property of the Collins Bay Institution and will be managed by Loving Spoonful, with St. Lawrence College supporting the training needs of program participants.

“We are proud to help realize a project that will benefit our community and its residents for generations,” says Tracey Snow, Manager, Rural Economic & Community Development.

The Kingston & Region Community Training Farm project launched in June 2022 and is funded through the Skills Development Fund, an initiative of Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. The Skills Development Fund is supported by funding agreements between the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.