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Field Day: Sprouts, Microgreens & Indoor Growing

Wednesday July 11, 2018

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Ignatius Farm, 5420 Highway 6 North

City/Town: Guelph - West

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

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

Meet at the Farm Workshop (small grey building) for this Field Day all about indoor growing! See Ignatius Farm's covered growing structures, including their heated glass greenhouse and their new hoop house, and learn how each one is used.

10-12:30- Introduction to Microgreens and Sprouting Workshop. A beginner workshop discussing microgreens and sprouts, different ways to grow them and how we do them at Ignatius Farm!

12:30- 2- Potluck and Social Time

2-4pm- Field Tour with a focus on Ignatius Farms Indoor Growing Spaces (hoophouse, heated seedling greenhouse, & cold frame)

Participants are able to participate in a half or whole day experience.  This Field Day will be introductory level and open to all!

Bring a potluck dish to share with the group.

On-Farm Workshop: Pasturing Pigs

Sunday July 15th, 2018

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Green Being Farm, 221788 Concession #14

City/Town: Neustadt - West

Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $90.00
Double - 2 Individual(s) - $165.00

Non-Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $110.00
Double - 2 Individual(s) - $200.00

2 'pay what you can' spaces available. Please email admin@efao.ca to reserve

Join Tarrah Young of Green Being Farm as she shares lessons from a decade of raising heritage pigs on pasture, as well as innovative and valuable information gleaned from research abroad. Bring your lunch for this full-day workshop.

Topics to be covered include:

  • feeding and grazing options
  • natural health care
  • breed selection
  • processing
  • marketing and economics

Plus, get a chance to learn about her KuneKune pigs, a small, rare breed of pig able to fatten on forages alone – the true enviro-pig!

Workshop will conclude with a pig butchering demonstration.

Field Day: Diversified Grain Farming with Chris Wooding & Dr Martin Entz

Monday July 16, 2018

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Ironwood Organics, 446 Lower Oak Leaf Road

City/Town: Athens - East

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

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

Chris Wooding farms diversified heritage grains in eastern Ontario. Having grown steadily for the past 10 years, Ironwood Organics now consists of 170 acres, and includes small-scale production of heritage wheat, oats, rye, buckwheat, and barley.  In addition to milling their own stone ground flour and rolled oats, they also supply their own grains to Gananoque Brewing Company and Dominion City Brewing. They are also breeding new varieties of wheat, oats, and potatoes, as part of The Bauta Family Seed Initiative’s participatory plant breeding program with Dr. Martin Entz at the University of Manitoba.

Learn from both Chris and Martin during this half-day field tour and workshop about the best practices of how to grow diversified grains from seed to plate. On this field day, you will learn the fundamentals of cover crops, crop rotation, soil fertility, pest/disease management, participatory plant breeding, and value chain relationships for a diversified organic grain farm.

This event is generously funded by the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security.

Farmer Health Day & Gardener Gathering

Saturday July 28, 2018

9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Ignatius Farm Villa, 5420 Highway 6 North

City/Town: Guelph - West

Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $15.00
Farm Team - 1 Individual(s) - $60.00

Non-Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $25.00
Farm Team - 1 Individual(s) - $60.00

St. Brigid’s Villa is fully accessible with ramp - follow the driveway signs to the villa

Join EFAO and Ignatius Farm for a Farmer Health Day and Gardener Gathering! This one-day workshop retreat features group relaxation and healing sessions, as well as one-on-one therapy sessions, including yoga, meditation, ergonomics, naturopathy, massage therapy, acupuncture, and more! Rest, get centered, and learn the skills and techniques you need to feel better in the fields! Farmers, farm interns, farm employees, community gardeners, and home gardeners are all welcome. The goals of the day are to:

  • Enjoy a relaxing day together
  • Gain new skills in the art of life-balance and self-care with the help of experienced wellness practitioners
  • Find support and community with other ecological growers
  • Stretch and care for our bodies
  • Take a moment of rest during a busy time of year to appreciate our bodies, hearts, and minds for all their hard work

Bring a potluck dish for lunch, comfortable clothing for moving in, water, a yoga mat, and cash for one-one-one sessions (if you plan to partake).

Confirmed Practitioners:

Group:

  1. Yoga – Living Yoga and Health
  2. Circle-walking – James Saper, R.TCM,P.
  3. Brain Gym Double Doodling – Sue Nash, Certified Brain Gym Consultant
  4. Healing mediation – Roxana Roshon, Naturotherapist

One-on-One:

  1. Massage therapy – Miko Henry, RMT
  2. Osteopathy –Andi Jakowlew, Osteopath
  3. Reiki – Julie Baumlisberger, Usui Reiki Master

Field Day: Building Orchard Soils with Biochar & Soil Health Management Tools

Wednesday August 8, 2018

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Heartwood Farm & Cidery, 5438 Second Line

City/Town: Erin - Central

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

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

This event is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited.

Heartwood Farm & Cidery is a diversified, ecological farm focusing on mixed species, managed grazing, a small commercial maple syrup operation. In 2017, Heartwood added a licensed, on-farm cidery. In the last several years, Val and Brent have begun establishing fruit and nut orchards, experimenting with permaculture and keyline design to integrate their grazing system and diversified tree crops. In 2018, Heartwood Farm & Cidery is focusing on expanding their on-farm experience-based offerings and workshops.

The first half of the event will focus on the fruit and nut orchards, where Val and Brent grow various crops for their on-farm cidery. Discussion will focus on the use of biochar as one of many regenerative farming techniques, including their approach and results-to-date of their farmer-led research trial on the efficacy of biochar in a recently planted block of apple trees. The second half of the event will focus on some common, on-farm methods for measuring soil structure and overall soil health. In collaboration with the Soil Health Coalition - Erin Chapter, we will conduct in-field demonstrations using a soil penetrometer, water infiltration, soil respiration, and the tea test index for soil health as well as best practices for taking soil samples to send to laboratories for analyses.

Bring a dish to share for a potluck lunch midday! 

Field Day: Orchard Walk & Natural Mulch in Orchards

Sunday August 26, 2018

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Baba Link Farm, 46 Huisman Lane

City/Town: Hamilton - West

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

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

This event is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited.

Pat Kozowyk farms a diverse, certified organic orchard producing assorted berries, stone fruit, apples, pears and more along with wild foraged perennials for local chefs. Using the principles of agroecology and permaculture, she strives to find a balance of hands on and hands off – using alleys within the orchards for mixed annual crops and native trees, shrubs and plants as companion plants. She uses on- farm, plant based mulches for soil and plant health as well as moisture retention.

In cooperation with EFAO’s Farmer-led Research Program, Pat is in her second year of investigating the effect of comfrey as a natural mulch for Saskatoons. This year, Arthur Churchyard and Ivan Chan are replicating Pat’s trial on currants. At this field day, you will learn the about Pat’s approach to growing a diverse organic orchard, including companion planting, pruning and mulching, as well as the details and results of Pat, Arthur and Ivan’s farmer-led research trials.

Field Day: Soil Health Management Tools & Participatory Variety Trials

Wednesday August 29, 2018

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Fertile Ground Farm, 1560 Carmel-Koch Rd

City/Town: St Agatha - West

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

Non-Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $25.00

Fertile Ground CSA is one of the most established diversified market gardens in Ontario. Angie Koch is constantly experimenting with new projects and systems on how to run a well-managed ecological vegetable farm. Bring a pot luck item for lunch!

On this field day, you will get a chance to learn about two exciting projects at Fertile Ground CSA this year:

  • North American Variety Trial Network: A North America-wide variety trialling program on peppers working with over 50 farms across the U.S. and Canada.
  • Farmer-led Research Program: Angie is conducting her third research trial in cooperation with EFAO’s Farmer-led Research Program. This year, Angie is assessing her spader to reduce soil structure while still managing weeds.

The first half of the field day will focus on how to run successful on-farm vegetable variety trials. Angie is participating in the North American Variety Trial Network, evaluating different varieties of open-pollinated and hybrid bell peppers. The goals of the trial are to assess which varieties of peppers work best on her farm, and would be suitable for seed production and future plant breeding projects. We will walk you through how to set up a successful variety trial program for your farm.

The second half of the field day will focus on Angie’s farmer-led research trial, Assessing a spader for soil structure, and some common on-farm methods for measuring soil structure and overall soil health. Anne Verhallen of OMAFRA will join use to do in-field demonstrations using a soil penetrometer, water infiltration, soil respiration, and the tea test index for soil health as well as best practices for taking soil samples to send to laboratories for analyses.

This event is generously funded by the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Funding for the Farmer-led Research Program is provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited.

Field Day: Low-Till Vegetable Management Systems and Participatory Variety Trials

Wednesday September 12, 2018

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: The New Farm, 9783 Sideroad 6 & 7 Nottawasaga

City/Town: Creemore - Central

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

Non-Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $25.00

Brent Preston and Gillian Flies at The New Farm run one of the most successful vegetable farms in Ontario.  On this field day, you will get a chance to learn about two exciting projects:

  • BC Seed Trials: A Canada-wide variety trialling program on carrots working with over 25 farms across Canada.
  • Farmer-led Research Program: Brent and Gillian are conducting a research trial in cooperation with EFAO’s Farmer-led Research Program focused on low-till methods for organic salad greens.

The first half of the field day will focus on how to run successful on-farm vegetable variety trials. Brent and Gillian are participating in the BC Seed Trials program, evaluating different varieties of open-pollinated and hybrid carrots. The goals of the trial are to assess which varieties of carrots work best on his farm, and would be suitable for seed production and future plant breeding projects. We will walk you through how to set up a successful variety trial program for your farm.

The second half of the field day will focus on Brent and Gillian’s farmer-led research trial investigating low-till options for salad production. To help regenerate soil health, Brent and Gillian want to reduce the number of tillage passes they makes for their production of organic salad mix. To do this, they are comparing tarping as a method for bed preparation. We will discuss the motivation, experimental design and measurements, and results-to-date of the trial.

 

This event is generously funded by the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Funding for the Farmer-led Research Program is provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited.

Field Day: No-till Strategies for Spring Cereals, Winter Grains and Squash

Thursday September 13, 2018

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Orchard Hill Farm, 45415 Fruit Ridge Line

City/Town: St Thomas - West

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

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

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

As a strong advocate for soil health and no bare soil over the winter, Ken is a leader in the trials and errors no-till and low-till farming. This year, Ken is initiating a no-till spring cereal trial in cooperation with EFAO’s Farmer-led Research Program. For this trial, Ken is testing 4 different cover crops/mixes against fall tillage for spring cereal production. Join us to see the see cover crops planted and growing before they will winter kill, buckwheat ready to roll for winter grains and an end of the season look at the squash transplanted into rolled rye.

This event is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario and George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited.

Petal Path: Canadian Flower Week Tours

Sunday September 16, 2018

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Various across Ontario

City/Town: Across Ontario

Member Prices:
One farm tour - 1 Individual(s) - $10.00
Multiple farm tours (2+) - 1 Individual(s) - $20.00

Non-Member Prices:
One farm tour - 1 Individual(s) - $15.00
Multiple farm tours (2+) - 1 Individual(s) - $30.00

Celebrate Canada Flower Week by touring flower farms in Ontario!
The Petal Path is a province-wide event where flower farms host tours for the public during the first annual Canada Flower Week (CFW) . The Path is a partnership between EFAO and CFW to share and educate about flower farming happening in Ontario.
The Petal Path will occur simultaneously across the province where participating farms will host tours on the hour, 1 hour or less in length. Participants can attend one farm tour or visit multiple farms.
More information about tour host farms and other details coming soon!

Field Day: Ontario Seed Variety Showcase Garden & Variety Tasting

Wednesday September 19, 2018

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Everdale Environmental Learning Centre, 5812 6th Line

City/Town: Hillsburgh - West

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

Non-Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $25.00

Come celebrate seed diversity in Ontario! Vegetable farmers and seed growers all across the province are trying to figure out how to source more locally-adapted seed for their farms. The majority of all the vegetable seed most farmers use comes from outside our country, but there is so much great seed being grown here in Ontario. Come to Everdale and check out The Bauta Family Seed Initiative’s Ontario Seed Showcase Garden where you can see the best varieties produced and bred by Ontario growers all in one place! Bring a dish for the pot luck lunch.

This field day will include:

  • A tour of the showcase garden profiling the best-performing varieties from Ontario seed companies and farmers for market gardeners
  • A tour of participatory variety trial and plant breeding plots of peppers, winter squashes, and carrots for the EFAO’s Farmer-led Research Program
  • A variety tasting of a sample of the vegetables from the showcase garden and plant breeding programs, as part of a potluck lunch
  • An overview of all of the seed production and plant breeding efforts in the province, and how you can support local, ecological seed in Ontario

This event is generously funded by the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Funding for the Farmer-led Research Program is provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited.