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Field Day: Green Mulch Experiments in Garlic

Monday June 26, 2017

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Fiddlehead Farm, 978 Fish Lake Road

City/Town: Prince Edward County- 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 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 is a tour of one of the farmer-led research projects for 2017 - Heather and Steve at Fiddlehead Farm are testing the effect of spring planted white clover on garlic yields. By the end of June the clover will be well established, and the garlic sizing up. You'll get to see our experimental design and see for yourself how randomization and replication work.

We'll also take some time to discuss mulch options in the garden. While we have used biotello (the so-called biodegradable plastic mulch) in the past, it is no longer approved for organic use so we've spent a couple of years exploring other options. We'll have a few of these on the ground, and we'll open up the discussion to include your experiences and questions too!

Updated schedule (as of June 22)

12-1pm Come early with lunch for socializing picnic-style!
1pm Introduction to farmer-led research and the green mulch experiment
1:30pm Recognition Ceremony 
2:15-4pm Tour of mulch options in organic systems and general farm tour

Fiddlehead Farm started in 2012 when Steve and Heather purchased a run-down farm with the help of family. Over five short years they've built up a 5.5 person crew in the summer running an 8 acre market garden. They sell vegetables year round through a small CSA as well as the Belleville farmer's market and several Toronto markets and winter wholesale.

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. The Farmer-led research program is also funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and this event will be our "recognition event" for the year. We have MPP Todd Smith joining us from 1:30-2pm for a short recognition ceremony followed by refreshments. We've also put out a media advisory, so come on out to show them a crowd!

Farm Tour: Honey Wagon Farms

June 26 2017

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Location: 265 Sandy Hook Road

City/Town: Picton- East

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

Non-Member Prices:
Single - 2 Individual(s) - $15.00

Why do you farm? We all farm for a variety of reasons. Sandi and Ed are two seniors who came into mixed vegetable farming as a retirement venture 17 years ago. They were drawn to farming and market gardening because of their love of working alongside Mother Nature, but also as an extension of their previous careers of teaching. Not only are they constantly educated by their customers, they in turn attempt to educate them about their food and how it is grown.  Mechanization is required to manage the 15 acres they plant each year without outside help. Producing without herbicides, fungicides or pesticides is their motto. They also produce maple syrup in the traditional manner. They vend their product at their farm stand, Kingston market and numerous restaurants and businesses.
We'd like to open the tour by asking why you farm, and having you bring some questions and dilemmas from your own farming operations. Then, Sandi and Ed will take us for a tour to answer those questions and more! They are keen teachers and happy to share their experience and advice with us... and we're excited to get the guided tour of their operation.

Field Day: Farmer Tune-up

Sunday July 9, 2017

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Zocalo Organics, 5881 Third Line

City/Town: Hillsburgh- West

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

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

Summer Farmer Tune-Up Day
An affordable day of healing and re-grouping designed by farmers for farmers, farm staff, farm interns, and farm families.

3 gentle movement workshops (yoga, tai chi, relaxation)
5+ Local Health Practitioners offering discounted and free
treatments (Practicioners TBA)
Potluck Lunch
Child-care available

Bring a potluck dish for lunch, a journal, comfortable clothing, water, and a yoga mat (if you have one)

Field Day: Growing Heritage Grains and Developing New Grain Varieties

Thursday July 13, 2017

1:30 pm - 4:30 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 landrace cereals 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 stone ground flour and rolled oats, they also supply their own grains to Gananoque Brewing Company and Dominion City Brewing. The farm is further diversified with a small hops yard, a vegetable CSA, nut orchard, top bar bees and some forest permaculture. This year they have added to their full plate to join The Bauta Family Initiative’s participatory plant breeding program on wheat, oats, and potatoes. Come for a visit on this truly innovative organic farm and learn how to grow diversified heritage grains for your farm and develop new varieties of organic grains.

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

Field Day: Ecological Cut Flower Production

Sunday July 16, 2017

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Earth to Table Farm, 250 Concession 4 W, L0R 1V0

City/Town: Millgrove- West

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

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

This event is subsidized by the Ontario Trillium Foundation through the Farmer-led Research Program!

Sweet Gale Gardens is a small, ecological flower farm on a rented land north of Hamilton, ON. SGG grows a variety of annuals, perennials, and herbs for wholesale, farmers market, sales to florists, a flower bouquet CSA, and weddings. On this tour you can learn about cut flower production, growing on leased land, farmer partnerships (working with an onsite wedding venue and other local farmers to increase sales), and the farmer-led research project SGG is participating with EFAO on foliar sprays for cut flower production.

Potluck lunch to follow!

This event is generously sponsored by the Greenbelt Fund and the Libro Prosperity Project!

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.

Farm Tour: Floralora Flowers

Monday July 31, 2017

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: 438 County Road 24

City/Town: Cherry Valley - East

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

2 'pay what you can' spots available. Contact naomi@efao.ca to reserve.

4:00-6:00 farm tour

6:00 potluck dinner

 

Floralora Flowers is a small-scale, sustainably run, cut flower farm in Prince Edward County, Ontario. We grow 2.5 acres of annuals, perennials and flower shrubs in the field and hoop houses for cut flower sales in locally and in Toronto. We sell wholesale to florists and grocery stores, at farmer’s markets, have a flower CSA and do floral design for weddings and events. On this farm tour you can see how the flowers grown, learn about harvesting and post-harvest handling and how we sell our flowers to our various markets. Please bring something to share if you'd like to stay for dinner!

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.

Farm Tour: Exploring On-farm Opportunities

Wednesday August 2, 2017

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Arrowwood Farm, 6460 Riverside Drive, N0L 1T0

City/Town: Melbourne- West

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

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

2 'pay what you can' spots are available. Email admin@efao.ca to reserve.

Arrowwood Farm is locally known as a peaceful getaway spot to pick your own tasty blueberries, enjoy creation through a walk around the grounds, or celebrate slow and family based events at our on-site venue, The Harvest Table.  The farm includes about 50 acres of bush and Big Munday Creek, a tributary to the Lower Thames River.  The tour will include a discussion of our environmental setting (geology/soils, groundwater, surface water, ecosystem), a visit to our PYO blueberry fields, newly planted vegetables and hops, and of course, The Harvest Table event venue. We have recently moved to organic practices for field production, and we will discuss our bigger challenges.  We will provide an overview of each operation, and discuss questions and suggestions from the tour participants including how to improve economic and environmental viability. Feel free to bring a lunch to enjoy on-farm following the tour.

This event is generously sponsored by The Prosperity Fund and The Greenbelt Fund.

Field Day: Interplanting Onions and Brassicas

Monday, August 7 2017

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: 1167 Lakeshore Rd W

City/Town: St Catharines - West

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, testing the performance (yield; Diamondback Moth pressure in collaboration with Brock University) of onions and brassicas interplanted using a Japanese paper pot transplanter. We will discuss Ryan and Amanda's use of interplanting to optimize growing space, the trial design, and see the paper pot transplanter in action!

 

Creek Shore Farms is a family run farm, operating 4 acres of workable ground.  We grow primarily for our CSA programs, which we operate during both the summer and winter months, and also attend a farmers' market.  Our methods of farming have changed over the last few years, from a 30" bed system to a 15" row system that allows us to make better use of older two-wheeled cultivating tractors and the paper pot transplanting system.  We grow a large variety of mixed vegetables and use season extension techniques that allow us to provide fresh vegetables throughout most of the year.

Field Day: On-Farm Plant Breeding: Developing New Varieties in your Market Garden

Wednesday, August 16 2017

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Whole Circle Farm, 8786 Wellington 50, RR#3

City/Town: Acton - 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. This event is also subsidized by the Ontario Trillium Foundation through the Farmer-led Research Program!

Over the past 3 years Whole Circle Farm has reintroduced seed production back into its farming system in order to rebuild their own seed supply for the varieties they grow on their farm. Rebecca Ivanoff, their resident expert, has been adapting several varieties of both annual and biennial vegetable crops for their market garden.  Learn from Rebecca who is trying to develop an early maturing, blocky red bell pepper through participatory variety selection by improving lines from Cornell University’s organic pepper breeding program. Come for a tour of Whole Circle Farm to see how they are successfully developing new varieties for their market garden, and also learn about the principles of storing crops such as beets, carrots, cabbage, and onions for biennial seed production.

 

Field Day: Selecting & Improving Seed Crops for the Market Garden

Thursday, August 17 2017

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Common Ground Farm, 6986 Middle River Road

City/Town: St Thomas - West

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

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

Common Ground Farm is a diversified market garden and CSA in St. Thomas, Ontario in its 3rd year of operation. Being able to provide delicious, healthy local organic food has been a dream of Chris DeVries’ for over a decade, and now he is seeing the fruits of his labour at Common Ground Farm. Chris is always adding new elements to his farm from and this year is no different, as he is growing out varieties for Seeds of Diversity Canada and The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Learn from Chris on how his farm is trying to integrate seed production into their market garden operation, and how they are selecting and improving seed crops in the field.

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

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!

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: 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.