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Field Day: Ontario Seed Variety Garden Showcase & 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.

Fair Finance Fund Forum

Thursday October 18, 2018

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Badenoch Community Centre 4217 Watson Road South

City/Town: Puslinch - West

Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $0.00

Non-Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $0.00

This event is FREE for all to attend

Local Food and Farm Co-ops (LFFC) along with Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), a division of Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC), is proud to announce a new initiative, the Fair Finance Fund.

Designed to support the local food and farm sector across Ontario, the Fair Finance Fund will support social enterprises that have explicit values in: local food systems, local economies, and the planet. This loan fund will build on seed capital to implement an ongoing investment opportunity for community-minded investors to support food that is grown, raised and processed in their own backyards.

During the event, we will share more about the progress of the fund and receive your feedback! We welcome all stakeholders engaged in the local food and farm space! Our forum partner, Ecological Farmers of Ontario, will also be there to provide their insights on the local food and farm sector within the region.

Are you a farm and food enterprise? Community investor? Local food advocate? We want to hear your voice !!!!

For any questions please contact Chelsie Hunt at chelsie@localfoodandfarm.coop

Webinar Series: Telling your Story to Make a Difference, with John Capecci

Part 1 Evening - Tuesday November 6, 2018

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Wednesday November 7, 2018

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Tuesday November 13, 2018

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Wednesday November 14, 2018

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Online via Zoom

City/Town: Anywhere

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

Non-Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $30.00

2 pay-what-you-can spots available. Contact admin@efao.ca to inquire.

**Note: this is a 2-part webinar series, with daytime and evening blocks available for each part. Your registration fee covers both parts of this webinar series.**

The most powerful tools we have is our personal story. Our stories help connect with customers and demonstrate to media, policy makers and the agricultural community the benefits of ecological farming.

Join us for a 2-part webinar series led by communications coach John Capecci (www.capeccicom.com and www.livingproofadvocacy.com) that will help you bring clarity, confidence and impact to your storytelling.

The first webinar will offer storytelling and advocacy fundamentals with a follow-up assignment for participants. The second webinar will offer participants an opportunity to share their progress,learn by listening and give and receive feedback.

Teaching from his book, Living Proof:  Telling Your Story to Make a Difference, this webinar series will arm you with the essential skills needed to utilize your personal story for advocacy and effective communication.

The first 5 participants to enroll will receive a free e-book version of  Living Proof:  Telling Your Story to Make a Difference. All participants will receive a discounted rate on the eBooks of $13CA, downloadable using a coupon code.

The Zoom link will be sent out to registrants before each webinar. Click here to check your computer's compatibility.