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Kitchen Table Meeting: EFAO Conference Planning and Brainstorm

Monday March 4, 2019

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: 215 Phillips st Kingston on K7M 2Z9

City/Town: Kingston

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

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

This year's Ecological Farmers of Ontario Conference is headed to Belleville from December 2nd to 5th.   Join EFAO Education Director, Katie Baikie, in Kingston to discuss all things conference!  Have input, share ideas, give suggestions - we'd like to hear it all.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Kitchen Table Meeting: Co-Operative Land Ownership for New and Young Farmers

Saturday March 23, 2019

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: 5479 7th Line

City/Town: Rockwood - West

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

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

Meeting Format

  • Farm tour with Farmers Matthew Setzkorn and Arthur Churchyard. Matthew and Arthur will give a brief tour and discussion about their land that is protected by the Ontario Farmland Trust,  their Dexter cattle herd, and blackcurrant operation
  • Light snacks
  • 1.5 hrs: Guided question period. Below is a sample of a few guided questions
  1.  Recruiting others: what types of questions should young farmers ask each other and themselves before deciding to co-own land? E.g what are your own needs and goals? how to consider the potential for growth and development of each individual farm business? What are your values? how to maintain healthy communication?
  2. What are some of the shared costs and risks when co-owning land?
  3. What are the legal steps to co-operative land ownership?
  • 45 mins: Open discussion period
Pre-Meeting Preparations
We ask participants to come prepared with the following:
-To work through some of their own questions in advance
-A brief written business concept that includes their own farm operation and how they envision co-operative land ownership to work with their business enterprise