EFAO Soil Health Benchmark Report Example 2020 Other Publications Soil Health
Description
Example report from EFAO’s pilot 2019 Soil Health Benchmark Study.
Publish Date
November 10, 2020
Farmer(s)
EFAO
EFAO Soil Health Benchmark Report Supplemental Information 2020 Other Publications Soil Health
Description
Supplemental information to EFAO’s Soil Health Benchmark Report as part of EFAO’s pilot 2019 Soil Health Benchmark Study.
Publish Date
November 10, 2020
Farmer(s)
EFAO
Summary of Projects 2018 2018 Other Publications
Description
In 2018, 20 farmers conducted 14 research projects – the results of which help them to build resilient ecological farms.
Publish Date
February 5, 2020
Farmer(s)
Summary of Projects 2019 2019 Other Publications
Description
In 2019, EFAO’s Farmer-Led Research Program was the recipient of the inaugural Excellence in Agriculture Award from the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The award recognizes the importance of farm- er-led research in addressing big challenges in agriculture. It also recognizes the hard work and innovation of the more than 30 farmers who received funding and support to conduct over 40 research trials from 2016 – 2018. Continuing this important work in 2019, 37 farmer-researchers received support to conduct research on their farms. You can read full reports on the posters around the Conference.
Publish Date
February 5, 2020
Farmer(s)
Management sensitivity, repeatability, and consistency of interpretation of soil health indicators on organic farms in southwestern Ontario 2019 Other Publications Soil Health
Description
Abstract: Assessment tools are needed to evaluate the effect of farming practices on soil health, as there is increas- ing interest from growers to improve the health of their soils. However, there is limited information on the effi- cacy of different soil health indicators on commercial farms and perhaps less so on organic farms. To assess efficacy, three organic growers in cooperation with the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario’s Farmer-Led Research Program tested management sensitivity, measurement repeatability, and consistency of interpretation of different soil health indicators. On each farm, we compared permanganate-oxidizable carbon (active carbon), organic matter, wet aggregate stability, phospholipid fatty acid analysis, Haney soil health test, and Haney nutrient test on one field of grower-perceived high productivity, one field of grower-perceived low productivity, and one reference site (undisturbed, permanent cover). Our results were consistent with previous research that showed grower perception of productivity and soil health associated with management-sensitive soil health indicators. Of the indicators tested, active carbon was the only indicator that was sensitive, repeatable, and consis- tent across the three farms, and soil organic matter was highly repeatable and consistent to detect differences greater than 0.5% organic matter. This study highlights differences among soil health indicators on commercial farms, and it concludes that active carbon and organic matter were the most useful soil health indicators for these organic farms. Participating growers intend to use results to benchmark current soil status and to help guide land management decisions towards improved soil health. Key words: soil health, active carbon, organic matter, farmer-led research, organic farming.
Publish Date
February 5, 2020
Farmer(s)
Paul DeJong, Ken Laing, Tony McQuail
Putting Soil Health First 2016 Other Publications Soil Health
Description
The Environment Commissioner of Ontario’s report on soil health.
Publish Date
February 6, 2018
Farmer(s)
Towards Farmer-led Research: A Guidebook 2018 Other Publications
Description
This guidebook aims to provide insights for working collaboratively with farmers in research. We identified and synthesized the literature on farmer-led research and farmer participatory research activities from around the world, with a focus on the North American context. Further, we shared our experiences and lessons learned from the first three years of Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario’s Farmer-led Research Program. This resource is meant to be used as a practical tool for researchers and practitioners looking to develop, implement, and evaluate farmer-led research programs.
Publish Date
February 6, 2018
Farmer(s)
Workflow for Downloading and Graphing Weather Data 2018 Other Publications
Description
Step-by-step instructions for downloading and graphing weather data for farmer-led research projects.
Publish Date
February 6, 2018
Farmer(s)
Summary of Projects 2017 2017 Other Publications
Description
In cooperation with Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario, 13 ecological farmers from across the province received funding to conduct 14 research trials for their farms. This is a brief summary of the year, including the data collected in 2017 by EFAO farmer-researchers.
Publish Date
February 6, 2018
Farmer(s)
Systems Research for Agriculture 2016 Other Publications
Description
Web link to free PDF download of SARE’s Systems Research for Agriculture e-book. This handbook is essential reading for research coordinators and all other team members as they navigate the complexities of multifaceted systems projects.
Publish Date
February 6, 2018
Farmer(s)
Summary of Projects 2016 2016 Other Publications
Description
Brief summary of the year, including the data collected in 2016 by EFAO farmer-researchers. This was included in the package given out at the Ecological Farmers of Ontario Conference in Kingston, Nov/Dec 2016.
Publish Date
February 6, 2018
Farmer(s)
A Practical Guide to On-Farm Pasture Research 2016 Other Publications Pasture Regeneration
Description
An NE-SARE publication on on-farm research as it relates to pasture experiments.
Publish Date
February 6, 2018
Farmer(s)
On-Farm Research Guide 2016 Other Publications
Description
On-Farm Research Guide by Organic Farming Research Foundation.
Publish Date
February 6, 2018
Farmer(s)