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Workshop: Exploring the Soil Carbon Sponge with Walter Jehne

Saturday May 19, 2018

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Location: Orchard Park Office Centre, Ignatius Jesuit Centre, 5420 Highway 6 North

City/Town: Guelph

Member Prices:
Full day workshop, no lunch - 1 Individual(s) - $75.00
Full day workshop including lunch - 1 Individual(s) - $95.00
Morning workshop only - 1 Individual(s) - $40.00
Afternoon workshop only - 1 Individual(s) - $40.00
Lunch add-on - 1 Individual(s) - $20.00

Non-Member Prices:
Full day workshop, no lunch - 1 Individual(s) - $75.00
Full day workshop, including lunch - 1 Individual(s) - $95.00
Morning workshop only - 1 Individual(s) - $40.00
Afternoon workshop only - 1 Individual(s) - $40.00
Lunch add-on - 1 Individual(s) - $20.00

2 'pay what you can' spaces available. Please email admin@efao.ca to reserve

A day with Walter Jehne, internationally recognized climate scientist, soil microbiologist and innovation strategist, discussing the Soil Carbon Sponge, agriculture and climate change.   

This workshop is organized as a collaboration between Holistic Management Canada, the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario and the Soil Health Coalition - Erin.  Participants can choose to attend either the morning or the afternoon session or a full day.  Pricing for this event is the same for all - EFAO members and non-members.

 

Part 1: Morning (9am - 12pm)

Regenerating the Soil Carbon Sponge on your Farm

An interactive workshop focusing on the value of the Soil Carbon Sponge for agricultural production and profitability.  This workshop will explore ways that farmers can regenerate the soil carbon sponge with practices that can make their farm more resilient ecologically and economically, including practical and interactive demonstrations of ways farmers can monitor soil health.

Part 2: Afternoon (1:30pm - 4:30pm)

Policies and Programs to Regenerate the Soil Carbon Sponge and Respond to Climate Change

An interactive presentation focusing on the latest research around how regenerating the Soil Carbon Sponge can help society respond to climate change and the policies and programs that can be applied now to increase resilience and adaptation.

 

*Lunch is available for an additional $20 (purchased separately or as part of a full-day pass).  There will be vegetarian options available.  More information to come after registration.  Questions can be directed to admin@efao.ca.

 

Walter Jehne is an internationally-recognized climate scientist, soil microbiologist and innovation strategist. He has immense field and research experience in forests, grasslands, agriculture and soils at national (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) and international (United Nations) level.  Walter’s scientific work has focused for many decades on plant root ecology, mycorrhizal fungi, glomalin, and soil carbon formation, as well as on biology's enormous influences in hydrological cycles, weather patterns, regional and global cooling, and cloud formation and rain precipitation.


Walter has also worked more broadly beyond science, at Federal Government level, leading transformation in industry and policy. This diversity of experience has given Walter a unique and exceptional capacity to devise solutions – turning challenges into opportunities. This year he was part of an invitation only UN Food and Agriculture Organization  conference in Paris looking at bringing soil into the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. Walter has a remarkable ability to explain complex science and economic paths forward in easy to understand ways.

 

The Soil Story by “Kiss the Ground” narrated by Ryland Englehardt (4 minute) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvAoZ14cP7Q

Biology of Soil in Agriculture (54 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tawz44oO-6s

History of Water on Earth (23 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiPDUDT9HjA

The Link between soil health and human health (9 minute) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tsga-W02Mgw

 

Open evening session: Soil Carbon Sponge Implications for Climate Change and Human Health with Walter Jehne

Saturday May 19, 2018

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Orchard Park Office Centre, Ignatius Jesuit Centre, 5420 Highway 6 North

City/Town: Guelph

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

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

This event is pay-what-you-can'. You can bring contributions to event or contact admin@efao.ca for other payment options.

A presentation with Walter Jehne, internationally recognized climate scientist, soil microbiologist and innovation strategist, discussing the Soil Carbon Sponge, agriculture and climate change.  He will discuss information on the power of the Soil Carbon Sponge to help address climate change, biodiversity, food nutrition, food security and improve human health.  In addition to the presentation, there will be an opportunity to connect with groups exploring these issues in the community.

This session is appropriate for all interested in soil health, agriculture, climate change and human health.

 

This event is organized as a collaboration between Holistic Management Canada, the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario and the Soil Health Coalition - Erin.

 

Walter Jehne is an internationally-recognized climate scientist, soil microbiologist and innovation strategist. He has immense field and research experience in forests, grasslands, agriculture and soils at national (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) and international (United Nations) level.  Walter’s scientific work has focused for many decades on plant root ecology, mycorrhizal fungi, glomalin, and soil carbon formation, as well as on biology's enormous influences in hydrological cycles, weather patterns, regional and global cooling, and cloud formation and rain precipitation.

Walter has also worked more broadly beyond science, at Federal Government level, leading transformation in industry and policy. This diversity of experience has given Walter a unique and exceptional capacity to devise solutions – turning challenges into opportunities. This year he was part of an invitation only UN Food and Agriculture Organization  conference in Paris looking at bringing soil into the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. Walter has a remarkable ability to explain complex science and economic paths forward in easy to understand ways.

The Soil Story by “Kiss the Ground” narrated by Ryland Englehardt (4 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvAoZ14cP7Q

Biology of Soil in Agriculture (54 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tawz44oO-6s

History of Water on Earth (23 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiPDUDT9HjA

The Link between soil health and human health (9 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tsga-W02Mgw

Field Day: Sprouts, Seedlings & Indoor Growing

Wednesday July 11, 2018

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Ignatius Farm, 5420 Highway 6 North

City/Town: Guelph - West Region

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

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

Meet at the Farm Workshop (small grey building) for this Field Day all about indoor growing! See Ignatius Farm's covered growing structures, including their heated glass greenhouse and their new hoop house, and learn how each one is used.

10-12:30- Introduction to Microgreens and Sprouting Workshop. A beginner workshop discussing microgreens and sprouts, different ways to grow them and how we do them at Ignatius Farm!

12:30- 2- Potluck and Social Time

2-4pm- Field Tour with a focus on Ignatius Farms Indoor Growing Spaces (hoophouse, heated seedling greenhouse, & cold frame)

 

Participants are able to participate in a half or whole day experience.

Bring a potluck dish to share with the group.

On-Farm Workshop: Pasturing Pigs

Sunday July 15th, 2018

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Green Being Farm, 221788 Concession #14

City/Town: Neustadt - West Region

Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $90.00
Double - 2 Individual(s) - $165.00

Non-Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $110.00
Double - 2 Individual(s) - $200.00

2 'pay what you can' spaces available. Please email admin@efao.ca to reserve

Join Tarrah Young of Green Being Farm as she shares lessons from a decade of raising heritage pigs on pasture, as well as innovative and valuable information gleaned from research abroad.

Topics to be covered include:

  • feeding and grazing options
  • natural health care
  • breed selection
  • processing
  • marketing and economics

Plus, get a chance to learn about her KuneKune pigs, a small, rare breed of pig able to fatten on forages alone – the true enviro-pig!

Workshop will conclude with a pig butchering demonstration.

Farmer Health Day & Gardener Gathering

Saturday July 28, 2018

9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Ignatius Farm Villa, 5420 Highway 6 North

City/Town: Guelph - West Region

Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $15.00
Farm Team - 1 Individual(s) - $60.00

Non-Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $25.00
Farm Team - 1 Individual(s) - $60.00

St. Brigid’s Villa is fully accessible with ramp - follow the driveway signs to the villa

Join EFAO and Ignatius Farm for a Farmer Health Day and Gardener Gathering! This one-day workshop retreat features group relaxation and healing sessions, as well as one-on-one therapy sessions, including yoga, meditation, ergonomics, naturopathy, massage therapy, acupuncture, and more! Rest, get centered, and learn the skills and techniques you need to feel better in the fields! Farmers, farm interns, farm employees, community gardeners, and home gardeners are all welcome. The goals of the day are to:

  • Enjoy a relaxing day together
  • Gain new skills in the art of life-balance and self-care with the help of experienced wellness practitioners
  • Find support and community with other ecological growers
  • Stretch and care for our bodies
  • Take a moment of rest during a busy time of year to appreciate our bodies, hearts, and minds for all their hard work

Bring a potluck dish for lunch, comfortable clothing for moving in, water, a yoga mat, and cash for one-one-one sessions (if you plan to partake).