EFAO’s Living Lab – Ontario Trials

As a collaborator on the Living Lab – Ontario initiative, the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario is one of 10 partners facilitating on-farm research trials focused on reduced tillage and continuous cover.

Led by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA), Living Lab – Ontario collaborators include farmers, agricultural and conservation organizations, and scientists from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and other federal departments. Their research focuses on reducing the soil and nutrient runoff from agricultural land into Lake Erie, improving water quality, conserving soil health, and increasing biodiversity on agricultural lands in Ontario.


EFAO’s two farm sites are focused on organic field crop production and organic vegetable production. Brett Israel of 3Gen Organics is trialing a double crop of winter barley and no-till soybeans compared to soybeans with  traditional tillage and soybeans no-till planted into cereal rye. Ken Laing of Orchard Hill Farm is comparing different winter-killed and rolled cover crops and mulching systems to reduce tillage and maintain continuous cover for transplanted and direct seeded organic vegetable crops.

A red roller crimper in the foreground sits in front of a green field of freshly crimped cover crops

Press Release

See the press release for details on EFAO’s involvement in the Living Lab – Ontario initiative.

Follow Brett

Follow Brett on Twitter for photos and regular status updates about his no-till field cropping trials.

Follow Ken

EFAO’s Organic No-Till Vegetable Trials page offers regular updates from Ken on each of the trials and their progress.

Living Lab - Ontario

Learn about other Living Lab – Ontario trials and find out how this research can benefit all farmers.

Living Lab – Ontario Collaborators

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