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Congratulations to Kyle and Bryan Maynard, of Farmboys Inc, who were recipients of the second annual Food & Farming Champion Award. The award is presented to an individual, organization, or business who has taken the initiative to engage with consumers in a conversation about food and farming in PEI. The Champion is someone who is passionate about food and agriculture and proud of the industry, using their skills to share their stories and provide consumers with accurate information about agriculture and food production.

The brothers were featured in February’s issue of Salty and we offer our congratulations to them both.

The PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has hired a new Organic Development Officer to replace the now retired Susan MacKinnon. Local farmer Adam MacLean now serves as the Organic and Perennial Crop Development Officer. In the recent past, MacLean has worked with the PEI Certified Organic Producers Cooperative (COPC) as an interim executive director, working with the COPC board and membership to initiate their Research Coordination program. In early 2019, he conducted research into the feasibility of organic and grass-finished beef production and helped write the PEI COPC’s Strategic Initiative for Growth. As a farmer, he is passionate about producing pasture raised and grass-finished lamb in the rolling hills of South Melville. An advocate for regenerative, organic, and profitable agriculture, MacLean is looking forward to his new role with the PEI government.

Congratulations to Marie Kenny from the Prince Edward Island Women’s Institute (PEIWI) on being elected the new Chair of the United Nations Committee for the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW).

ACWW is one of the largest rural women’s organizations in the world with 9 million members in 80 countries. Women’s Institutes throughout the world are members of ACWW.

Kenny was voted into her new position during the ACWW Triennial Assembly in Melbourne Australia in April. Marie, a life member from Brackley WI, is the first Islander to hold this international position with this organization. She has been the Local, Provincial, and National President of the Women’s Institute organization in Canada.

In a press release the provincial WI Board stated, “Marie is an outstanding leader, advocate, and supporter for women’s and girls’ rights and education. She has been empowering women locally, regionally and nationally throughout her work with WI and this is a natural step for her. On behalf of her fellow WI members from across the province we send Marie our best wishes in this latest leadership position.”

In light of last month’s Green Shirt Day for Organ Donor Awareness & Registration, Glow Juicery PEI wants to continue spreading awareness throughout the year. In an effort to encourage all Islanders to register to become organ donors in the province, they are offering 10% off purchases when registering to be an organ donor at Glow Juicery. The PEI government recently gave Islanders the option to register as organ donors online, and Glow Juicery will make it easy for their customers to do so at their location in Summerside.

Glow Juicery team member Lori MacCormack has been moved by this donor awareness campaign for many reasons, but most personally because her husband needs a kidney transplant. Owner of Glow Juicery, Mel Dufour, also has a close friend whose husband is waiting for a liver transplant, so this cause has touched their hearts.

In restaurant news, a number of new openings in the capital city have been announced. Charlottetown is getting a Japanese restaurant called Hojo’s Japanese Cuisine, which promises an authentic Japanese menu, and two new waterfront restaurants will be opening this spring: Salt and Sol, and The Cork and Cast. Bombay Cuisine, a new Indian restaurant opened its doors in Charlottetown in mid-April in the former Olde World Pizza spot. In Alberton, The Sidewalk Grill has changed hands and the new owners will reopen the restaurant soon, according to its Facebook page. May is usually the month for seasonal restaurants reopening across the Island, so watch out for your favourites, and maybe check out some new spots as well.

Congratulations to the winners of the PEI School Food Project logo design contest. Third place went to Luke McCarvill of Bluefield High, second place to Bailey Fall at Gulf Shore, and the first place winner was Brian Do from Colonel Grey High School. The contest attracted 112 entries from 16 different schools across PEI.

Despite strong public support, the Charlottetown town council rejected the proposal that Nimrods’ food truck brought to them to create a semi-permanent restaurant in a vacant lot on Great George Street. The proposal would have seen the food truck operate on the lot between Cedar’s Eatery and The Old Triangle, with a licenced patio, washrooms in a separate space, and fencing to create an outdoor restaurant feel. The owners of Nimrods’, Mike Wasnidge and Jesse Clausheide, were naturally disappointed with the council’s decision but for now they will continue to serve their customers from their spot on the corner of Allen St and St Peter’s Rd.

In last month’s Salty, we featured Moth Lane Brewing and its growth. The business has made more headlines with their impromptu shuttle service, a workaround to PEI’s muddy backroads. Owner Eric Wagner wanted to ensure that folks could get to the brewery for their pints, so when the spring melt hit in mid April, he started offering rides down the red clay road in his truck. These are the lengths small business owners go to—great out-of-the-box thinking!

Congratulations to Arthur Cousins and Sons who recently won the Atlantic Beef Processing Inc Quality Assurance Award. The award is given annually to a local beef producer who raises high quality cattle for the ABPI plant in Albany.


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