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New farmers

Term 3: Ignatius Farm New Farmer Training Program

Monday September 11, 2023 @ 2:30 pm - Wednesday October 25, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

Venue: Online

Online via Zoom - link will be sent to registrants

Member: Free Register
Standard: Free Register

*Register for the whole term or choose individual events.  

**All events are recorded to allow participants to watch on their own time. Recordings will be made available on the course platform (Moodle) within 48 hours of the event.


September 11th, 2:30pm – 4:00pm: Beyond Land Acknowledgements

Join Indigenous Councillor, author, and community educator Chrystal Toop from the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg along with farmer and community facilitator Paul Wartman from Nova Scotia Mi’kma’ki for a creative exercise that guides participants through a 4-step planning tool to include reconciliatory justice into our everyday actions. Informed by their experiences, participants will reflect on how they can take meaningful action. You will leave with resources to continue learning, next steps to integrate better relations into your lives and farming careers, and inspiration from the group. Plus, you’ll be practicing a sweet little planning tool that you can apply to any situation. Everyone is welcome, bring a pen/pencil, and paper. A recording of this webinar will be available.

Speakers: Chrystal Toop from Blackbird Medicines and Paul Wartman from Flororen Farm


September 13th, 2:30pm – 4:00pm: Permaculture Panel Discussion

Permaculture is an ethical holistic design system centered around earth care. Hear from three permaculture practitioners on what permaculture means to them and how they use it in their work, business, and life.

Speakers:  Bonita Ford, Nicola Thomas, and Jane Hayes


September 18th, 2:30pm – 4:00pm: Preserving the harvest

Join Anterra and Lisa as they discuss food preserving methods, why we do it, what methods they like to use as well as tips and tricks they have learned along the way.

Speakers: Anterra Vsetula-Sheffield and Lisa Conroy, Farm Educators at Ignatius Farm


September 20th, 2:30pm – 4:00pm: Selling at a Farmers’ Market

What makes a stall at a Farmers’ market successful? Hear from 2 farmers from different regions in Ontario about their experiences vending at farmers’ markets, as well as lessons and tips they have learned.

Speakers: Kyle Warren County Left Farm, Isaiah Katerberg Duurzame Growers


September 25th, 2:30pm – 4:00pm: Starting a cattle herd

Have you been thinking about starting your own cattle herd but not sure how to start and what you need? Join Katrina for this webinar discussing what you need to start your own herd.  We will talk about the infrastructure, fencing, and the many other considerations you need to take into account before you start. A recording of this webinar will be available.

Speaker: Katrina McQuail, Meeting Place Organic Farm


September 27th, 2:30pm – 4:00pm: What to look for when buying or renting land

Are you daunted by the prospect of buying or renting land? Hear from our panel of speakers about what to look for when renting or buying land and what questions you may need to ask before you enter into an agreement.

Speakers: Angel Beyde, Lorne Jamieson, Martina Schaefer, Spiral Farm


October 4th, 2:30pm – 4:00pm: Field Day at Mount Wolfe Farm & Deeper Roots Farm


October 16th, 2:30pm – 4:00pm: Seed Saving 

Do you want to produce some of your seed on-farm? In this webinar you will learn what crops are easiest for beginner-level seed production, how to plan your production to minimize cross-pollination, the number of  plants required to maintain genetic viability and varietal strength as well as how to collect, clean and store your seed.

Speaker: Rebecca Ivanoff, EFAO & Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security


October 18th, 2:30pm – 4:00pm: Yoga for farmers – restoring the nervous system & fascia

Join us for this hands on webinar where you will be led into a practice on how to do simple and effective exercises and movements to reset and relax your body to sustain & restore during the last part of the season. It will start with slowing down, then gentle movements and finally deep restorative poses. There will be a PDF that you can print and use as a tool to practice “off the mat and into the field” what you have learned. 


October 23rd, 2:30pm – 4:00pm: Virtual Tour of Bao Bao Farm

Join us for this online tour of Bao Bao Farm in Perth, Ontario. Bao Bao Farm aims to foster biodiversity on the farm and bring cultural diversity to the local farmer’s market. Using no-till and biointensive methods with mostly hand tools, the farm produces a variety of culturally significant Asian vegetables, as well as seasonal staples.

Speaker: Shini Ko, Bao Bao Farm


October 25th, 2:30pm – 4:00pm: Vegetable Crop Planning

An introduction to the basics of vegetable crop planning.  What are you growing, how much, and where? Angie Koch of Fertile Ground Farm will share her over 15 years of experience in crop planning and offer tools and ideas to think about when doing your own crop plan. A recording of this webinar will be available.

Speaker: Angie Koch, Fertile Ground Farm



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