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A white fence in the foreground runs beneathe a sign, reading "9 ACRES" held up on green posts. A house with white walls and dark roof is visible in the background, as well as several tree trunks and a grassy landscape.

Farm Visioning: Kitchen Table Meeting with 9 Acres Farm

Monday February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Venue: 9 Acres

514 Ridge Road East
Grimsby, Ontario L3M0K6 Canada
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Winter is a great time for imagining where farms might take us, or where we might take our farms. Join Carolyne, this day’s hosts and co-owner at 9 Acres, to brainstorm future directions for your own operations.

Attendees will discuss creative ideas to turn farm visions and goals into reality, and can expect to get feedback from others. Carolyne and Rodney are beekeepers & vegetable farmers themselves, and they welcome all types of small farms to participate in this day of community connection, creative brainstorming, and problem solving & plan creation.

Kitchen Table Meetings are small and casual gatherings focused on a specific farming-related topic, question, or problem that is of interest to others in the EFAO community.

This KTM format is:

– Introduction to the meet-up by hosts Carolyne and Rodney

– Farm visioning conversation + some light snacks

Conversation questions are included in the event description in hopes folks will do some reflections in advance of gathering! Bring a question, idea, challenge, or dream to work on with the group.

Access considerations: There will be a washroom available on site, there is drinking water on site, and the meeting will be held indoors. The stones leading up to the house require some attention to footing. If there are any other accessibility needs, let us know and hosts will work on arrangements.

Parking: Park in the driveway, or by the side of the road by the house or barn.

Preparation: Reflections in advance of gathering are encouraged! Try to select one vision, be it short or long term, to bring to the table. Then bring your questions, ideas, and challenges to discuss for feedback with the group.

Discussions will cover:

  • Last year’s wins and what do you attribute them to?
  • What is your 5-year plan/vision?
  • Based on that vision, what do you plan on accomplishing this year?
  • What do you need to put in place daily/weekly to make it happen?
  • What challenges are you facing ?
  • What kind of support can your local fellow farmers offer?

Cost: This event is FREE, but registration is required because spots are limited to x15. The hosts are open to offering an additional event if there is sufficient demand. Multiple members from a farm are welcome, and each person must reserve a spot.