Our Community Commitments
Choosing to build a network of hyper-local production facilities across the country vs. regional facilities servicing a province (or more) was a conscious strategy for our team. It allows us to directly support and partner with various stakeholders at the local level, as close to where consumers live and are buying their food as is possible. Our decentralized production model not only enables greater sustainability, it is founded upon providing increased Corporate Social Responsibility.
To meet these objective, every production facility provides a percentage of its production, weekly, to key local stakeholders (shelters, transitional housing projects, Salvation Army and Food Banks etc). In communities like Barrie, we have created a 15,000 SqFt (outdoor) community garden. Across all our locations, we are engaging schools to partner on education opportunities, we offer ‘community days’ for the public to visit our farms and we are working with various post-secondary institutions on Research & Development. Our goal is to inspire, educate and engage Canadians, of all ages, around local food and our ability as a country to develop a sustainable, self-sufficient & safe domestic food supply.
Our retail partners are able to showcase their shared commitment to consumers and to Corporate Social Responsibility. Carrying our My Local Leaf brand makes a statement that the retailer not only supports local producers, they support directly engaging local communities on how we can make our food supply more sustainable, as well as supporting 100% traceable, accessible and plastic-free produce.