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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)

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.

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.