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Workshop: Understanding Soil Tests

Saturday March 25, 2017

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Taproot, 623 Dundas Street

City/Town: London - West Region

Member Prices:
Single Registration - 1 Individual(s) - $40.00
Double Registration - 2 Individual(s) - $68.00

Non-Member Prices:
Single Registration - 1 Individual(s) - $60.00
Double Registration - 2 Individual(s) - $102.00

Bring a non-member for FREE during the month of March!

Taking soil tests both for nutrients and biology are important management techniques so that organic farmers can increase yields, improve crop quality, reduce weed problems and improve soil health. This workshop will show you how to take a soil sample, where to send it and help you understand the results when you get them back. You will leave with an understanding of what your nutrient and biological goals should be. We will also consider what amendments and/or cover crops you might use to correct deficiencies you find. Workshop will be useful for growers of all sizes.  Feel free to bring along your own soil tests to follow along with.

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.

This workshop is generously sponsored by the Libro Prosperity Fund! Libro is helping grow prosperity across southwestern Ontario by supporting local organizations working in their communities!

Field Day: Maintaining your Gasoline Engines

Monday March 27, 2017

10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Cedarstone Farm, 1118 County rd 46 K0L 1Z0

City/Town: Havelock- East

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

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

Bring a non-member for FREE during the month of March!

Workshop Leader – Andrew von Zuben is a trained marine mechanic and a Jack of all trades.  When Andrew is not helping run the family farm/homestead/organic feed and flour mill/etc., he spends a significant amount of his time fixing other farmers’ equipment. You can learn more about Andrew and his farm/mill/education institute at http://www.bedrockandbrambles.com

In this workshop Andrew will cover basic maintenance of gasoline engines, including how to check, tune up and maintain gas powered equipment so that it runs when you need it. This will be a hands on workshop and Andrew will be working on actual equipment.

Host Farm – Cedarstone Farm was established in the mid 1800s and was a going concern with a creamery, a grain mill, a hog operation and laying hens.  The farm was sold to city folks in the mid 1980s and was not actively farmed by the owners.  Mike and Tara Sangster bought the farm last summer and their goal is to become self-sufficient food wise, and to have the farm produce a modest retirement income.  The newly revitalized Cedarstone now has chickens – meat and layers, beef cows, heritage pigs and a small garden.

Please bring a contribution for a potluck lunch.

 

10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Farm tour / walk - optional

12:00 – 1:00 pm - Potluck Lunch

1:00 pm –3:30 pm – Workshop

KTM: Kingston Community Meeting & Social

April 3 2017

5:30 pm - 8:30 pmApril 3 2017

Location: Kingston Community House for Self-Reliance 99 York St, Kingston, ON

City/Town: Kingston- East Region

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

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

Bring a non-member for FREE during the month of March!

Join us for our second Kingston community meeting and social of 2017. We will hold a meeting from 5:30-6:30 to discuss plans for EFAO activities in the Kingston area, including workshops, tours and public/community building events. Following the meeting will be a potluck dinner and social time. If you'd like to stay for dinner please bring something to share. Feel free to come for just the meeting, just the dinner/social or both! 

KTM: Lean Farm book discussion

Tuesday April 18, 2017

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Main St Market, 126 York St

City/Town: Kingston- East Region

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

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

Join us for a discussion of "The Lean Farm: How to minimize waste, increase efficiency, and maximize value and profits with less work" by Ben Hartman.
 

"Lean principles grew out of the Japanese automotive industry, but they are now being followed on progressive farms around the world. Using examples from his own family’s one-acre community-supported farm in Indiana, Hartman clearly instructs other small farmers in how to incorporate lean practices in each step of their production chain, from starting a farm and harvesting crops to training employees and selling goods. While the intended audience for this book is small-scale farmers who are part of the growing local food movement, Hartman’s prescriptions for high-value, low-cost production apply to farms and businesses of almost any size or scale that hope to harness the power of lean in their production processes." - Growing for Market

 

You don't need to have read the book to benefit from this discussion with farmers who are applying these principles on their own farm. We would suggest reading this review before attending to familiarize yourself with the basics: http://www.sustainablemarketfarming.com/2015/10/27/book-review-the-lean-farm-by-ben-hartman/

Take-away: During the meeting you'll be challenged to give practical examples to make your farm lean, and leave ready to apply them.

 

Potluck dinner: At 6pm discussion will pause to get food and then continue over a potluck meal in the urban farmhouse. Bring something to share.

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