Ghamari shows appreciation to local farmers at breakfast

Charlie Cuffari, Carleton MPP Goldie Ghamari, Caleton MP Pierre Poilievre, and Darrell Bartraw prepare to serve up breakfast at Ghamari’s Farmers’ Appreciation Breakfast.

By Jeff Morris

Manotick Messenger

The Alfred Taylor Community Centre in North Gower was packed as Carleton Progressive Conservative MPP Goldie Ghamari hosted her Famers’ Appreciation Breakfast Sat., Feb. 15.

“The agricultural community is a big part of the Carleton riding, and this is an opportunity for all of us to show our appreciation for the contributions our local farmers make to our community,” Ghamari said.

The Carleton MPP also delivered a message to the large gathering from Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman.

“Whether it’s at the farm gate, in farmers’ markets or in their local grocery stores, Ontarians show their appreciation every time they seek out and choose local food – the food you carefully produce,” Hardeman said in his statement.

“That small but significant act shows the importance of the work you do,” he continued. “Not only do you provide us with delicious, nutritious food to enjoy year-round, but you also create jobs in our communities across the province. Without your hard work and dedication, the rest of us could not experience the abundance of Ontario produce and products that we enjoy every day.”

Ghamari pointed out that most of the food for the free breakfast was local, coming from farms in and around North Gower, Richmond, Manotick and Greely.

“The food industry in our riding is a key economic driver,” she said. Ghamari noted that one of the recent success stories was the deal Carleton Mushrooms recently made to be carried in Costco stores.

Ghamari said she has a special appreciation for the farming industry. Although her background is as a trade lawyer, dairy farming is in Ghamari’s roots. Her parents, who immigrated from Iran, were among the many people who joined her for the breakfast.

“My grandparents were dairy farmers back in Iran,” Ghamari said. “I think that’s one thing a lot of people don’t know about me. But having grown up in a farming culture, I have a special appreciation for the hard work our local farmers do and their importance in our community.”

While the free breakfast was open to everyone in the community to appreciate the farming community, the event also gave her some important one-on-one time with many members of the local farming community.

“The event is a great opportunity to meet with local farmers and discuss the issues that are important to them,” Ghamari said.

The following day, Ghamari hosted a family skate day and free breakfast at the Richmond Memorial Community Centre.

A large group of volunteers served breakfast at the Richmond Memorial Community Centre for Goldie Ghamari’s Family Day Skate Day and Breakfast.