Highlighting the Island’s Food System
Get the Facts on the Food You Eat and Meet Your PEI Farmers
At Farm & Food Care PEI we believe in bringing Islanders together to learn about food and celebrate our local farmers.
We answer your most pressing questions about how food is grown on the Island, so you know you’re making the best choices when it comes to feeding yourself and your family. We also celebrate the PEI farmers that make it possible to eat local and share their sustainable farming practices.
2023 Food & Farming Champion
Andrew Smith, Newton, PEI
The Food & Farming Champion for 2023 is Andrew Smith, a fifth generation potato farmer and owner of Smith Farms Ltd. Andrew has become a familiar face to Islanders and beyond as a regular spokesperson on behalf of potato farmers. Andrew’s willingness to share his story and that of his peers on a national and international stage established him as a champion of the agriculture sector.
Take PEI produce to the kitchen
During harvest seasons on PEI, farm stands are filled with delicious Island produce. Problem is, your customers never seem to have a enough change for all those delicious strawberries and new potatoes. Farm Stand is a digital payment solution that helps your customers bring home more fruits and vegetables.
Digging Into Farming Practices on PEI
Our Island farmers are wholeheartedly committed to being good stewards of the land and water.
They care deeply about the well-being of their animals and are dedicated to the highest standards of quality. They want to produce the most delicious food and they want to leave a legacy for the next generation of Islanders.
Want to dig into farming practices followed by our PEI farmers? We’re here to help guide the way and introduce you to some of our Island’s best farming and food champions.
Get the facts on food
There’s a lot choices when it comes to buying food. You want to make the best food choices for your family and yourself,
We’re here to help answer your most pressing questions about food.
Ready to trust the choices you make at the grocery store, farmers’ market, and wherever else you buy food? We thought so!
Meet Your Food + Farming Champions
Nominations for the 2023 Food & Farming Champion Award are now open.
Ryan is passionate about sustainability projects including the “Living Labs” project where scientists work directly with farmers and strive to improve soil health, research new crop varieties and crop rotations. Ryan is also founder of the PEI Farm Tour.LEARN MORE
AG IN THE FIELD
AG IN THE FIELD
Both, Carleigh and Jillian have demonstrated they are true champions of agriculture on PEI. As co-founders of “Ag in the Field” established in 2018, their mission is communicating to the general public about food and farming practices on PEI.LEARN MORE
Rayanne and Deanna have demonstrated they are true champions of agriculture on PEI in many ways. As co-founders of Grassroots Dairy United, they bring dairy producers together to promote the dairy industry and educate consumers about the dairy industry and agriculture.LEARN MORE
Our farmers are committed to Sustainability
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The recipient of the 2022 Food & Farming Champion Award is Ryan Barrett.
Farm & Food Care is very proud to announce 2022 Food & Farming Champion is Ryan Barrett of Kensington, Prince Edward Island.
Ryan has demonstrated this through his role with the PEI Potato Board where he is the Research and Agronomy Specialist. Ryan successfully communicates how new research, technology and sustainability methods are ensuring a future for agriculture. Ryan’s audiences include a large following on Twitter where he shares informational data. Ryan also educates and informs consumers about other prominent agricultural industries on Prince Edward Island including dairy and beef farming.
Ryan is passionate about sustainability projects including the “Living Labs” project where scientists work directly with farmers and strive to improve soil health, research new crop varieties and crop rotations. Ryan is also founder of the PEI Farm Tour. This is a project of Farm & Food Care which includes free public farm tours and informational signage identifying which crops are growing in PEI fields. This project helps consumers understand food and farming on Prince Edward Island.
Ryan’s passion for food and farming on Prince Edward Island is very evident among Islanders and is very deserving of this award. Congratulations!
Ag in the “Field”
The recipients of the 2021 Food & Farming Champion Award are co-founders “Ag in the Field”, Carleigh MacLeod and Jillian Ferguson.
Both Carleigh and Jillian have demonstrated they are true champions of agriculture on PEI. As co-founders of “Ag in the Field” established in 2018, their mission is communicating to the general public about food and farming practices on PEI. It doesn’t matter how big or small the information is, they are present and out there. They are also, full-time University students who are career driven and very involved in their community too (Kensington and Kinkora). Both, Carleigh and Jillian did not grow up on farms but are knowledgeable and resourceful when it comes to talking about agriculture. This is mostly thanks to mentors in the school system sharing their knowledge and supporting them as they went along. “Ag in the Field” share stories on social media and volunteer time at agricultural events. They take every opportunity to engage with consumers about where their food comes from. They are passionate and the industry as a whole is very lucky to have them. They are very deserving of this award. Congratulations!
Deanna Doctor and Rayanne Frizzell
The recipients of the 2020 Food & Farming Champion Award are Deanna Doctor and Rayanne Frizzell.
Rayanne and Deanna have demonstrated they are true champions of agriculture on PEI in many ways. As co-founders of Grassroots Dairy United, they bring dairy producers together to promote the dairy industry and educate consumers about the dairy industry and agriculture. Rayanne and Deanna coordinated the Dairy Blue Christmas event in 2018. This event was held in several venues across PEI with local dairy producers giving out milk and cookies to thank consumers for their support of the industry and enabling consumers to contact with producers.
Rayanne is a familiar face in agriculture on PEI, holding positions with PEI Provincial Exhibitions and currently with 4H PEI. She is a co-founder of Atlantic Farm Women’s Conference with the goal of supporting, empowering and educating women in agriculture. Rayanne’s involvement with the PEI Agriculture Awareness Committee and PEI Dairy Youth Trust enables her to bring an understanding of agriculture and the dairy industry to consumers and PEI students. This is accomplished through the organization of Open Farm day tours, Agriculture in the Classroom programs and tours of dairy farms for Grade 3 students.
Deanna is relatively new to PEI, but has quickly immersed herself in the agricultural community. She works with her parents on their dairy farm in the Kensington area and is involved in all the major decision-making on the farm. She has shown leadership through her involvement with the Grassroots Dairy United and the Dairy Blue Christmas event, plus has been active in many organizations including the National Holstein Convention, Atlantic Jersey Association and Young Breeders program. Deanna shares her knowledge of the dairy industry and the importance of agriculture with students through the Agriculture in the Classroom program, PEI Dairy Youth Trust farm tours and 4H PEI.
Deanna and Rayanne are both active on social media promoting agriculture and the dairy industry while communicating with consumers about the care farmers take looking after their animals and environment. We thank Rayanne and Deanna for all their hard work in telling the stories of dairy farming and agriculture on PEI and all their efforts in connecting consumers to PEI producers.