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Workshop: Past, Present and Future Relationships between First Nations and Non-aboriginal Peoples

Monday June 5, 2017

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Mount Wolfe Farm 10054 Old Church Road L7E 0P4

City/Town: Caledon- Central

Member Prices:
Single Registration - 1 Individual(s) - $25.00
Double Registration - 2 Individual(s) - $42.00

Non-Member Prices:
Single Registration - 1 Individual(s) - $35.00
Double Registration - 2 Individual(s) - $60.00

2 'pay what you can' spots are available. Please contact admin@efao.ca

Nancy Rowe from the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation will be conducting a workshop that will explore past, present and future relationships between First Nations and non-aboriginal peoples.  This workshop will continue to build on some of the ideas expressed in Paula Anderson's keynote presentation at the 2016 EFAO Conference (Paula discussed the things that we have to learn from the First People about how to live in relationship to the land, food and people).  Nancy will continue to explore these ideas and discuss reconciliation grounded in small-scale farming and how this can help us design more resilient agriculture and food systems.

Field Day: Green Mulch Experiments in Garlic

June 15, 2017

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: 45415 Fruit Ridge Line

City/Town: St Thomas- West Region

Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $10.00

Non-Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $15.00

This event is subsidized by the Ontario Trillium Foundation through the Farmer-led Research Program!

This is a tour of one of the farmer-led research projects for 2017 testing the effect of green mulch and straw mulch on garlic. After discussing the test plots and mulch in general, we will tour no-tilled oats/barley or hulless oats into 3 different winter killed cover crops: daikon radish,oats/barley/peas and sorghum-sudan grass.

Orchard Hill Farm is a 93 acre organic farm powered by Suffolk Punch draft horses, established in 1979 by Ken and Martha Laing, near the north shore of Lake Erie. Currently, the farm produces vegetables and small fruits for around 100 families in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) garden, grain and hay for six Suffolks, and grain for a local bakery.

Farm Tour: Heartwood Farm & Cidery

Monday June 19, 2017

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: 5438 2nd Line Erin

City/Town: Ospringe- West Region

Member Prices:
Single Registration - 1 Individual(s) - $25.00
Double Registration - 2 Individual(s) - $42.00

Non-Member Prices:
Single Registration - 1 Individual(s) - $35.00
Double Registration - 3 Individual(s) - $60.00

Heartwood Farm is a diversified, ecological farm focusing on mixed species, managed grazing and small commercial maple syrup production. In the last several years, Val and Brent have begun establishing fruit and nut orchards, experimenting with permaculture "key line design" to integrate their grazing system and diversified tree crops. This year, Heartwood Farm is launching a farm-based Cidery, and exploring possibilities for expanding their on-farm experience-based offerings. Val and Brent will share some of their farm journey, and their ideas of how farms can create opportunities for inspiring connections within our communities. Bring your own reflections to share in the conversation, and a potluck contribution for lunch.

Field Day: Green Mulch Experiments in Garlic

June 26 2017

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Fiddlehead Farm, 978 Fish Lake Road

City/Town: Prince Edward County- East Region

Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $10.00

Non-Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $15.00

This event is subsidized by the Ontario Trillium Foundation through the Farmer-led Research Program!

This is a tour of one of the farmer-led research projects for 2017 - Heather and Steve at Fiddlehead Farm are testing the effect of spring planted white clover on garlic yields. By the end of June the clover will be well established, and the garlic sizing up. You'll get to see our experimental design and see for yourself how randomization and replication work.
We'll also take some time to discuss mulch options in the garden. While we have used biotello (the so-called biodegradable plastic mulch) in the past, it is no longer approved for organic use so we've spent a couple of years exploring other options. We'll have a few of these on the ground, and we'll open up the discussion to include your experiences and questions too!
Rough drop-in schedule for whichever parts you like:
12-1 picnic lunch
1-2 Garlic & Green mulch (white clover)
2-3 Mulch options in organic systems
3-4 Extra tour time based on interest (e.g. winter vegetable processing and storage setup)
Fiddlehead Farm started in 2012 when Steve and Heather purchased a run-down farm with the help of family. Over five short years they've built up a 5.5 person crew in the summer running an 8 acre market garden. They sell vegetables year round through a small CSA as well as the Belleville farmer's market and several Toronto markets and winter wholesale.

Farm Tour: Honey Wagon Farms

June 26 2017

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Location: 265 Sandy Hook Road

City/Town: Picton- East Region

Member Prices:
Single - 1 Individual(s) - $10.00

Non-Member Prices:
Single - 2 Individual(s) - $15.00

Why do you farm? We all farm for a variety of reasons. Sandi and Ed are two seniors who came into mixed vegetable farming as a retirement venture 17 years ago. They were drawn to farming and market gardening because of their love of working alongside Mother Nature, but also as an extension of their previous careers of teaching. Not only are they constantly educated by their customers, they in turn attempt to educate them about their food and how it is grown.  Mechanization is required to manage the 15 acres they plant each year without outside help. Producing without herbicides, fungicides or pesticides is their motto. They also produce maple syrup in the traditional manner. They vend their product at their farm stand, Kingston market and numerous restaurants and businesses.
We'd like to open the tour by asking why you farm, and having you bring some questions and dilemmas from your own farming operations. Then, Sandi and Ed will take us for a tour to answer those questions and more! They are keen teachers and happy to share their experience and advice with us... and we're excited to get the guided tour of their operation.

Field Day: Farmer Tune-up

Sunday July 9, 2017

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Zocalo Organics, 5881 Third Line

City/Town: Hillsburgh- West region

Member Prices:
Single Registration - 1 Individual(s) - $10.00

Non-Member Prices:
Single Registration - 1 Individual(s) - $15.00

Join us for a one-day retreat for farmers, farm employees, and farm interns with the following goals:
- to enjoy a restful and relaxing day together
- to gain new skills in the art of life-work balance with the help of experienced practitioners
- to find support and community in the ecological farming community
- to stretch and care for our bodies through yoga, physiotherapy, and more
- to take a moment of rest during a busy time of year to appreciate our bodies, hearts, and minds for all their hard work

Together we will rest, re-group, share, and learn. There will be something for every farmer in the schedule.

Bring a potluck dish for lunch, a journal, comfortable clothing, water, and a yoga mat (if you have one)

Field Day: Ecological Cut Flower Production

Sunday July 16, 2017

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Earth to Table Farm, 250 Concession 4 W, L0R 1V0

City/Town: Millgrove- West Region

Member Prices:
Single Registration - 1 Individual(s) - $10.00

Non-Member Prices:
Single Registration - 1 Individual(s) - $15.00

This event is subsidized by the Ontario Trillium Foundation through the Farmer-led Research Program!

Sweet Gale Gardens is a small, ecological flower farm on a rented land north of Hamilton, ON. SGG grows a variety of annuals, perennials, and herbs for wholesale, farmers market, sales to florists, a flower bouquet CSA, and weddings. On this tour you can learn about cut flower production, growing on leased land, farmer partnerships (working with an onsite wedding venue and other local farmers to increase sales), and the farmer-led research project SGG is participating with EFAO on foliar sprays for cut flower production.

Potluck lunch to follow!

Farm Tour: Floralora Flowers (East Region)

July 31 2017

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: 438 County Road 24

City/Town: Cherry Valley

Member Prices:
Single - 1 Individual(s) - $25.00
Couple - 2 Individual(s) - $42.00

Non-Member Prices:
Single - 1 Individual(s) - $35.00
Couple - 2 Individual(s) - $60.00

2 'pay what you can' spots available. Contact naomi@efao.ca to reserve.

4:00-6:00 farm tour

6:00 potluck dinner

 

Floralora Flowers is a small-scale, sustainably run, cut flower farm in Prince Edward County, Ontario. We grow 2.5 acres of annuals, perennials and flower shrubs in the field and hoop houses for cut flower sales in locally and in Toronto. We sell wholesale to florists and grocery stores, at farmer’s markets, have a flower CSA and do floral design for weddings and events. On this farm tour you can see how the flowers grown, learn about harvesting and post-harvest handling and how we sell our flowers to our various markets.

 

Please bring something to share if you'd like to stay for dinner!