A few years ago Emma Horrigan & husband Matt dropped in at the farm of Angel & Richard Taylor to purchase some eggs. At that time Emma was researcher for U-Links and was interested to find out that the Taylors were experiencing a problem with Leek Moth and the garlic they grow.
As part of her job Emma looks for grants to fund research and a year or so later contacted the Taylors to let them know she was planning on applying for a grant to fund research to further investigate the issue. A proposal was presented to the Farmers Market Board for support where Emma and Angel are both board members.
The proposal was agreed upon with a suggestion that it be done as a “citizen scientist project, i.e. where the growers would partner in the research. HCGGA was then approached with the idea that if interested they could collaborate with Emma on this project.
This was agreed upon which resulted in the three way partnership. U-Links, Haliburton County Farmers Market Association and HCGGA. The following year, Emma successfully applied for another grant with the same partners to fund research into bulb & stem nematodes.
Both projects are continuing with productive results.