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Field Day: Grazing Systems at Banbury Grasslands

Saturday August 26, 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, summer annual cover-crop test plot, bale grazing for pasture rejuvenation, grass-based genetic selection and evaluation, bud-box low-stress livestock handling.  Additionally, Banbury Grasslands raises meat chickens via the artisanal program. www.banburygrasslands.ca

Field Day: Probiotics and Pastured Chickens

Monday August 28, 2017

10:00 am - 1:00 pmMonday August 28, 2017

Location: 1053 Moscow Road

City/Town: Yarker - East

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 - Justin and Andrea at Fat of the Land Farm are testing the effects of various probiotics on pastured chicken. They want to see if the probiotics will affect feed consumption or weight gain. We've timed this tour so that you'll see a batch of chicks in the brooders, as well as a batch out on pasture. With the help of the farmer-led research program, they've designed an experiment that replicates their treatments, randomizes the locations of the chickens, and controls for various potential issues. Come see for yourself what research on a farm looks like!

 

Fat of the Land started in 2011 and produces pastured poultry, pigs and beef. As they say, "Pasture makes perfect"... As early members of the Artisanal Chicken Program they have increased their poultry production gradually over the years. If there's time we may even get to visit the pigs and cows, who rotate through the farm along with their chickens. Tour from 10-12, and pack yourself a lunch to enjoy on the grass afterwards!

Farm Tour: Strategies for Soil and Crop Health for Market Gardens

Wednesday September 13, 2017

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Persephone Market Garden, 241063 Concession 3 Keppel, RR # 3

City/Town: Allenford - West

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

This project was funded in part through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of GF2 in Ontario.

Healthy soils and healthy crops...who doesn’t want that? Tyring to improve soil and crop health underlies most of the management strategies at Persephone Market Garden. Over the years, we have been increasing our use of cover crops and straw mulch, in order to reduce tillage while managing weeds, fertility and preventing disease problems. Come see what the current approach involves, including unexpected changes we made this year because of the incredibly wet June. We'll look at our current tillage tools (for a BCS walk behind tractor and hand tools), spring and summer cover crop mixes (featuring annual ryegrass, crimson & berseem clover, phacelia, millet, sorghum, chicory, tillage radish, oats, rye...), and mulches (mostly straw and a bit of  biodegrable plastic mulch). The day will include a field tour and a panel discussion featuring Cathy Hansen and Mike Reid. Arrive at 12 for a potluck lunch!

Film Festival Fundraiser

Friday September 15, 2017

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Hamilton, Dundas, Brantford

City/Town: West Region

Non-Member Prices:
To Make a Farm (Dundas) - 1 Individual(s) - $15.00
Sourlands (Hamilton) - 1 Individual(s) - $15.00
Hanna Ranch (Brantford) - 1 Individual(s) - $15.00
Full Film Festival (All 3 Films) - 1 Individual(s) - $35.00

Save and enjoy all 3 films for $35!

The Ecological Farmers of Ontario and the National Farmers Union are hosting a film festival in the Hamilton/Brant area to raise awareness about some of the biggest challenges facing farmers across the continent. Each of the following films explore current issues facing large-scale and small-scale farmers alike. Each film will be followed by a panel of local farmers/eaters/environmentalists to discuss the content and how you can play a role in the solution. Come join for a great evening of eye-opening story telling and discussion!

All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards EFAO core training and educational services. We look forward to exploring these issues with the community!

To Make a Farm: Friday Sept 15th, 2017, 7p-9pm

Knox Presbyterian Church, 23 Melville St, Dundas

In a world of environmental and agricultural destruction from large corporate farming, what does future of local food and farming look like? This beautifully photographed documentary explores the lives of five young people who have decided to become small-scale farmers. Named one of the ten most popular Canadian films at the Vancouver International Film Festival, To Make a Farm is an exceptionally hopeful answer, "giving us a close-range view of humanity along with a detailed portrayal of the nuts and bolts of agriculture."

 

Sourlands: Friday Sept 29th, 2017, 7pm-9pm

Westdale United Church, 99 N Oval,  Hamilton

From award-winning journalist Jared Flesher, Sourlands is a provocative tale of ecology, energy and agriculture. In the Sourlands of New Jersey, a rampaging deer herd, invasive plants and wholesale habitat destruction threaten the local ecosystem. Farmers in the surrounding valley battle against high land prices, high property taxes, and increasingly erratic weather patterns. A group of engineers searches for new ways to save energy and stop global warming. Pay close attention, and the challenges facing this community look a lot like the challenges facing ecosystems, farmers and energy visionaries everywhere.

 

Hanna Ranch: Friday October 6th, 2017

Wilfred Laurier University, 73 George St., Brantford

Hanna Ranch is a feature documentary about visionary cattleman Kirk Hanna and his personal struggle to protect a once prominent way of life in Colorado. Born into a life on the family ranch, Hanna became a leader in the environmental ranching movement that set out to protect the West from the relentless encroachment of development and misuse. Featured in the book Fast Food Nation and dubbed the "eco-cowboy," he was an early adopter of Holistic Resource Management practices, sat on numerous environmental boards and was president of the Colorado Cattleman's Association. Hanna's opinion was so widely sought and respected, many even saw him as a future governor of Colorado. But when his dream of harmony and sustainability ran up against the reality of family conflict and mounting threats to the land, Hanna lost hope. Kirk's legacy and fight live on as his family and friends continue to protect the West by saving Hanna Ranch.

Field Day: Fall Farmer Health Day

Sunday September 17, 2017

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Manorun Farm, 782 Hwy #52

City/Town: Lynden - West

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

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

Join us at Manorun Farm for an affordable day of healing and unwinding designed by farmers for farmers, farm staff, farm interns, and farm families. Let's take the time to celebrate the season and mend our bodies that have worked so hard all year to produce such a wonderful harvest.

Schedule

10-1030: Sign up for Sessions with Practitioners
1030-11:30 Welcome and Yoga
11:30- 12:30 Body mechanics with Andrew Sweetnam
12:30-2: Lunch
2-3: Open Discussion
3-4: Swim, nap, discuss!

*All workshops and activities are optional! In addition to sessions with practitioners or workshops, you can do self-led activities such as checking out the farm, relaxing in the craft corner, pond-swimming, and more! Create the day you need/want to nourish and tune-up your farmer body!

Practitioners

Upon arrival you can sign up for 2 sessions to start. After everyone has had a chance to sign up for sessions, everyone will be welcome to fill the remaining open spots.

These are the things you will be able to access:

Massage
Naturopathy
Osteopathy
Acupuncture
Reiki and Indian Head Massage
And more TBA soon!

What to bring

- cash to pay practitioners (30 minute sessions with practitioners are between $0-20,
*a couple practitioners are willing to be paid in trade so you could barter products from your farm)
- potluck dish for lunch, water
- yoga mat (if you have one)
- wear whatever makes you comfy and cozy
- Swimming gear, optional
- water bottle
- hat if you want to walk around the farm

Child Care?

If you would like child care and have not notified me, be sure to email Naomi at naomi_krucker@hotmail.com

Field Day: Seed Production in Market Garden Operations

Monday September 18, 2017

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Saugeen River CSA, 314399 Highway 6

City/Town: Durham - West

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

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

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

Cory Eichman operates Saugeen River CSA and has been a skilled biodynamic farmer and seed grower for a number of years. Cory helped start up Seeds of Transition, a collaborative seed production effort through a number of neighbouring farmers and Hawthorn Farm.  Come for a tour of Cory's farm in the morning and learn some techniques of how to efficiently integrate seed production into your market garden operation.

Field Day: Best Practices for Seed Harvesting and Cleaning

Monday September 18, 2017

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Location: Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds, RR 3, 5961 5th Line Minto

City/Town: Palmerston - West

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

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

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

Come for a workshop with Kim Delaney at Hawthorn Farm to learn best practices on how to clean high quality vegetable seed. At this workshop you will learn all about, seed harvesting times and techniques, drying, and cleaning methods; equipment needs and sources, relative to your scale of seed production; and equipment sharing and collaboration with other seed growers.

Field Day: Grimo Nut Nursery

Wednesday September 20, 2017

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: 979 Lakeshore RD,. R.R. 3

City/Town: Niagara-on-the-Lake - West

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

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

When the Grimo family began growing nuts, there were very few nut trees available and little was known about the potential for nut crops in Ontario. Grimo Nut Nursery is an operational nursery that specializes in edible nut trees that are suitable to grow in southern Ontario. Their test orchards are used to research and breed for better quality and disease resistant nut trees for landscaping or commercial use. The seed for their nursery is gathered from these orchards. Each tree is evaluated yearly on several factors including flavour, hardiness, productivity, commercial viability, cracking ability, and disease resistance. Grimo is now a well-known nut tree nursery across Canada.

This field day includes an interesting and informative 60 minute walking tour, plus tasting of available nuts. Guests are led around to the trees situated around the farmhouse and barns gleaning information about each type of tree, their history, nutrition, how they are grafted, how they are harvested and more.

Living and working on a farm is a very unique and wonderful experience. Growing food, taking care of the land, working with new technology and managing rural challenges are all part of being modern-day farmers. Ernie Grimo and daughter Linda are pleased to share Grimo Nut Nursery with guests of all backgrounds.

Please note there is no washroom available, and parking is very limited, so we ask anyone interested to arrange to carpool if possible at the following link:  http://www.groupcarpool.com/t/gbvr5c

Field Day: Integrating Seed Production into Market Garden Operations

Wednesday September 27, 2017

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Location: Meeting Place Organic Farm 86016 Creek Line

City/Town: Lucknow - West

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

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

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

Meeting Place Organic Farm is a 100-acre diversified family farm, growing vegetables, grass-fed beef, organic apples, and pastured pigs. The McQuails at Meeting Place do not need much of an introduction to the farming community in Ontario, as they are one of the founders of the Ecological Farmers of Ontario and have pioneered the adoption of holistic farm management across Ontario. For this field day however, they will be sharing their knowledge on seeds, and how they have integrated seeds into their farming operations over the years. Come tour this historic Ontario farm and learn how they are contributing to seed security in Ontario through their diversified farm.

Field Day: Organic Potato Production and Potato Breeding

Thursday September 28

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Mimosa Research Farm, 5965 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 generously funded by the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security.

Duane Falk has been doing organic breeding work for cereals for over 30 years, and he is now applying that knowledge as the potato breeder for the The Bauta Family Seed Initiative's participatory plant breeding project on potatoes. Come to Duane’s farm to learn about how new potato varieties are developed and learn about the diversity of potato varieties that are already available. This is a one-of-a-kind field day in Canada and an opportunity to see some of the most innovative work in organic potato breeding in the country. We’ll also get a chance to taste some of Duane’s fantastic potatoes!

KTM: Seeds for Market Gardeners

Sunday October 15, 2017

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Three Forks Farms, 719 Sutcliffe rd

City/Town: Warren - North

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

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

Join fellow market gardeners to talk about seed: what varieties are working in this climate, what produces good yields, and performs well. Learn from others new varieties to try for 2018. (10am to 12:30)

Potluck Lunch from 12:30 – 1:30

After the potluck lunch, Peggy from Three Forks will walk through their seed saving operation and talk about seed saving collaboration with interested farmers for 2018. (1:30-3PM)

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.