Ontario aquaculture celebrated at CNE’s agriculture pavilion


If you were one of the 1.5 million people that attended the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto this summer, chances are you got a lesson in Ontario fish and shrimp farming.

Ripple Farms’ Brandon Hebor with OMAFRA Minister Ernie Hardeman

The Ontario Aquaculture Association partnered with Ripple Farms and AgScape to put together a live aquaponics demonstration at the entrance to the CNE’s popular agriculture pavilion. People of all ages learned about culturing fish and plants in a specially designed storage container complete with live tilapia and cabbage. A team of expert staff and volunteers talked to them about fish farming, aquaponics, and sustainable food production.

Anybody wandering by couldn’t miss the larger-than-life infographic explaining Ontario’s diverse aquaculture sector, including Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs who stopped by for a visit on August 29.

The interactive display was set up for the entire duration of the CNE from August 16 – September 2. The CNE is Canada’s largest annual community event, and sees participation from across Ontario and beyond.




Thanks to our friends at Ripple Farms for pulling this together and making the opportunity happen!