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Research Roundtable: All things farmer-led research and breeding!

Thursday January 24, 218

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: 215 Phillips St

City/Town: Kingston - East

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

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

Are you curious about doing research for your farm? Come on out to this informal gathering! Hosted by Annie Richard of Kitchen Table Seed House, you'll learn about farmer-led research, share your research ideas and get feedback from fellow farmers. This is great place to work through an application for farmer-led research, due January 31, 2019.

Workshop: Advanced Principles of Soil Health

Friday January 25, 2019

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: OMAFRA, 1 Stone Road

City/Town: Guelph - West

Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $40.00

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

This intensive workshop with Ken Laing of Orchard Hill Farm, and Glenn Munroe of the Compost Council of Canada, will give an overview of soil health principles. Topics will include soil cover, crop diversity, minimizing disturbance, maximizing days of living soil cover, organic inputs and water management. A great primer for farmers who are ready to take their soil health to the next level! This workshop will also launch EFAO's new Soil Health Program - a series of workshops and farm tours that include a soil health benchmark test for your farm. Appropriate for farmers of all scales.

 

Workshop: Collaborative, Custom and DIY Tools

Friday January 25, 2019

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: OMAFRA, 1 Stone Road

City/Town: Guelph - West

Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $40.00

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

Join the conversation about tools and systems on the farm with Reid Allaway of Tourne-sol Co-operative Farm and CAPÉ Autoconstruction, Daniel Haartman of Community Machinery, and Ryan Thiessen of Thiessen Tillage and Tilmor. Led by seasoned market gardeners and tool-makers, this workshop will feature an inside look at tools and systems to maximize efficiency and profitability. Presenters will also discuss their experience with tool customization and group building. Workshop best suited to market gardeners of all scales.

Workshop: Planning for Climate Resilience on the Farm

Friday January 25, 2019

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Location: OMAFRA, 1 Stone Road

City/Town: Guelph - West

Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $40.00

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

Nowadays, most practitioners agree that farming is subject to an increasingly variable climate.  Many farmers are unsure of how to adapt their farming strategy, how to prioritize or hold off investment, because – what is coming at us next? In this interactive workshop, presenter Thorsten Arnold of the Grey Bruce Centre for Agroecology will first set the stage by summarizing climate impacts on farming. Then, a framework will be introduced showing how to conceptualize climate resilience on your farm.  Planning for climate resilience should take a whole-farm perspective and address the choices of crops and livestock, growing and soil stewardship practices, but also value-adding and marketing strategies. In working groups, participants will apply this framework to their own farm and share their experiences, concerns, and solutions.

Workshop: Meeting Agriculture’s Seasonal Labour Needs: a Discussion About Labour Models and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Friday January 25, 2019

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Location: OMAFRA, 1 Stone Road

City/Town: Guelph - West

Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $40.00

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

Labour on the farm is one of the most important and complex considerations. If you’ve thought about what it might be like to transition your farm to one that employs seasonal agricultural labourers, you won’t want to miss this session. Join us for an interactive discussion on the ins and outs of this labour model, including the ethical and practical considerations of employing migrant workers. This session is best suited to vegetable growers of all scales.

Speakers: Jenn Pfenning (Pfennings Organic Farm), Brent Preston (The New Farm), Heather Coffey (Fiddlehead Farm)