The following statement is being issued on behalf of John Henry, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer for The Regional Municipality of Durham:
“Agriculture in Durham Region is a vital service that ensures residents have access to fresh, high-quality and safe food options to feed themselves and their families. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Durham’s agri-food producers and businesses have continued to ensure access to safe farm-fresh products.
Many operators within our region have stepped up in this challenging time and changed the way they do business to continue serve our community. They are offering virtual sales, no-contact deliveries and pick up options in addition to the food available in grocery stores. Residents can also sign up for Community Supported Agriculture Shares, where fresh fruit and/or vegetables are delivered right to your door on a weekly or monthly basis.
Our agriculture sector is one of the largest primary goods producing sectors in in the region, with more than 1,300 farms and 4,000 agriculture related businesses in Durham. We will continue to work with our counterparts at all levels of government to highlight the important contributions of the agriculture sector, and advocate for greater supports.
We continue to take pride in the contributions of the entire agriculture sector and stand with the farmers and agri-business operators across the region. Thank you for everything you do.”