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Workshop: The Biology of Soil Health

Wednesday October 25, 2017

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: The Hamilton Conservation Authority, 838 Mineral Springs Road

City/Town: Ancaster - West

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

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

Get the dirt on healthy soil with Glenn Munroe of the Compost Council of Canada! This is an interactive, hands-on workshop for farmers to better understand the life in the soil. Learn about soil properties such as water holding capacity, natural fertility, disease suppression, and carbon sequestration, as well as the soil food web, and explore best management practices to keep soil healthy and rich. Hands-on learning includes performing soil infiltration and slake tests, identifying soil organisms, and using a penetrometer.

Participants are invited to stay beyond 3pm should they wish to bring a soil sample of their own to test and investigate. 1 litre is ideal. Please contact EFAO at martina@efao.ca should you wish to do so.

Please bring a lunch for this full-day workshop.

Field Day: Grazing Systems at Banbury Grasslands

Saturday October 28, 2017

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: 2325 Notre Dame Dr.

City/Town: St Agatha - West

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

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

Banbury Grasslands is focused on maximizing the grassland eco-system and producing top-quality grass-fed beef.  David practices high-density planned grazing, moving cattle daily using polywire, pigtail stakes and his ATV.  He calves out approximately 40 purebred shorthorn cows and sells approximately 25 100% grass-fed steers direct to customers each year.  Highlights will include visiting the yearling & grass finishing herd, daily pasture moves with quick setup/take down of polywire fences (~1000ft), one of the few Eastern Gamagrass pastures in Ontario, bale grazing for pasture rejuvenation, and discussion on grass-based genetic selection and bud-box low-stress livestock handling.  Additionally, Banbury Grasslands raises meat chickens via the artisanal program.

KTM: Alternatives to Plastic Mulch

Sunday November 12, 2017

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Field Good Farms, 1345 Levac road

City/Town: Cache Bay - North

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

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

With organic certifying bodies going back and forth on plastic mulch, and with no conclusive benefit other than weed suppression, moisture retention, and early season warmth, plastic mulch (biodegradable or not) is quickly overstaying its welcome on our farm. Living mulches provide an opportunity to retain and potentially increase the nutrients in the soil, be less cost prohibitive, reduce the amount of inputs and be an overall better fit in a sustainable ecological farm system. Bring your own thoughts and experiences and join us to discuss alternatives to plastic mulch, and learn about the outcome of sowing clover underneath cucurbits and alliums at Field Good Farms in 2017.

Webinar: Introduction to Farmer-Led Research

Wednesday November 15, 2017

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Online via Zoom

City/Town: Anywhere

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

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

**This webinar is the first of 2 identical webinars on the same day - choose 1 time slot**
Curious about something on your farm? Thinking of testing something new on your farm? Research may be the right tool for you!
This webinar will go over the process for how to formulate a research trial for your farm. We will use EFAO's farmer-led research application form as a guideline for what to think about as you plan a trial. Application form: efao.ca/application-form
You will receive an email the week of the webinar with log-in details. We will use the Zoom platform for the webinar. Instructions for how to check your compatibility with Zoom before the event are here:

Webinar: Introduction to Farmer-Led Research

Wednesday November 15, 2017

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Online via Zoom

City/Town: Anywhere

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

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

**This webinar is identical to the 1pm webinar on the same day - choose 1 time slot**
Curious about something on your farm? Thinking of testing something new on your farm? Research may be the right tool for you!
This webinar will go over the process for how to formulate a research trial for your farm. We will use EFAO's farmer-led research application form as a guideline for what to think about as you plan a trial. Application form: efao.ca/application-form
You will receive an email the week of the webinar with log-in details. We will use the Zoom platform for the webinar. Instructions for how to check your compatibility with Zoom before the event are here: