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Field Day - Soil Health for Successful Diversified Farms

Wednesday July 10, 2019

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Better Together Farms, 316337 Highway 6, RR1, Chatsworth

City/Town: Chatsworth - West

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

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

There are two pay-what-you-can spaces available for this event. Please contact admin@efao.ca

In 2012, Rob and Patricia Campbell left their Toronto lives to establish a farm in Grey County.  Better Together Farms is a small, diversified farm in Chatsworth working toward a low carbon future by focusing on regenerative agriculture and localizing sales and inputs. Join this farm tour and discussion and hear about Rob and Patricia's journey and lessons learned over the past 7 seasons. They have tried their hands at different iterations of multiple farm enterprises and have worked hard to forge a sustainable path for themselves and their farm. In addition to hearing their story and experiences with soil health management on the farm, participants can expect to meet the holistically grazed, Black Angus beef cattle,  heritage-breed, pastured pigs, pastured poultry, and tour the market garden.

Bring a dish for a potluck dinner following the tour.

 

*This event qualifies as part of the Soil Health Program.

Field Day - Pasture Walk and Discussion

Saturday July 20, 2019

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Banbury Farms - 14764 Little Lake road, Brighton, Ontario K0K 1H0

City/Town: Brighton - East

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

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

There are two pay-what-you-can spaces available for this event. Please contact admin@efao.ca

Proper pasture management is a perpetual challenge.  After 47 years, Joe Banbury thinks he might be catching on.  He invites you to join him for an afternoon field walk and discussion of his pasture management practices over the years.  He will share some insights and challenges, in including how to work a fine sandy loam, which is very subject to erosion.  At Banbury Farms, they breed pure polled Shorthorn cattle and have experimented with several pasture species not common in Ontario.  And for several years they pastured corn in the winter.  You will also be introduced to the senior herd sire who turned 13 years old on the 7th of February this year, who will probably be with a group of heifers in July.

 

*This event qualifies as part of the Soil Health Program.

Petal Path - Canada Flower Week Tours

Sunday July 21, 2019

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Various across Ontario

City/Town: Various

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

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

There are two pay-what-you-can spaces available for this event. Please contact admin@efao.ca

Celebrate Canada Flower Week by touring flower farms in Ontario!
The Petal Path is a province-wide event where flower farms host tours for the public during the first annual Canada Flower Week (CFW). The Path is a partnership between EFAO and CFW to share and educate about flower farming happening in Ontario.
The Petal Path will occur simultaneously across the province where participating farms will host tours on the hour for approximately 1 hour in length at 10am and 11am.
Farm tour hosts will be announced in May.

Field Day - Organic No-till Soybeans

Wednesday July 24, 2019

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Vandeholm Farms Ltd.

City/Town: St Mary's - West

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

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

There are two pay-what-you-can spaces available for this event. Please contact admin@efao.ca.

Vandeholm Farms Ltd. is a 1000 acre family farm in St Mary's, Ontario operated by Morris Van de Walle and his family.  The farm produces organic cash crops, including alfalfa, corn, soybeans, wheat, dry beans, vegetable crops and cereal rye. In 2016, he had his own roller crimper built and has been trialling no-till soybeans into crimped rye, as well as no-till corn into hairy vetch and dry beans into rye.

Join Morris and Jake Munroe, OMAFRA soil fertility specialist for field crops, for a field walk and discussion about the no-till crops Morris has been trialling for the last few seasons.

 

*This event qualifies as part of the Soil Health Program.

Field Day - Transitioning to No-till Vegetable Production

Wednesday July 24, 2019

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Persephone Market Garden 241063 Concession 3 Keppel R.R. #3

City/Town: Allenford - West

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

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

There are two pay-what-you-can spaces available for this event. Contact admin@efao.ca.

Persephone Market Garden is 100 acres of forest, swamp, pasture and vegetable fields, located between Owen Sound and Sauble Beach. They strive to grow food that is good, clean and fair. This year, farmer Kristine Hammel is transitioning her vegetable gardens into no-till production. Join her for a walk around the farm, an in-depth look at how she is managing the transition her 1.5 acre market garden to no-till, and a conversation about the farm's soil health practices.

Stay for a potluck dinner and camp fire following the tour and discussion.

 

*This event qualifies as part of the Soil Health Program.

Field Day - Soil Health at a Co-operative Farm

Monday September 23, 2019

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: The BeetBox, 230 Davidson’s Side Road, Ottawa, ON K2K 2Z4

City/Town: Ottawa - East

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

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

There are two pay-what-you-can spaces available for this event. Please be in touch with admin@efao.ca for more information

The BeetBox Co-operative Farm is a workers’ cooperative growing a variety of tasty and wholesome vegetables in Ottawa's greenbelt for sale through local markets and CSA. Join worker-owners David, Lise-Anne and Jeremy as they share their story, tour their farm, learn about their soil health practices and discuss their experience as farmer-researchers taking part in EFAO's Lettuce Variety Trial and farmer-breeders taking part in the Bauta Initiative's Participatory Potato Breeding program.

 

*This event qualifies as part of the Soil Health Program.

Field Day - Ecological Cut Flower Production and Trials in No-till Vegetable Production

Thursday September 26, 2019

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Earth to Table Farm and Sweet Gale Gardens, 250 Concession 4 W, Millgrove, ON L8B 1J3

City/Town: Millgrove - West

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

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

There are two pay-what-you-can spots available for this field day. Please be in touch with admin@efao.ca for more information.

Join us for an afternoon spent walking through the fields at two farm operations - both at the same location!

Begin the afternoon at Sweet Gale Gardens where Jessica Gale has been growing ecological cut flowers for six seasons.  Join her for a discussion about the farm's soil health practices and a look at how she and her team produce such beautiful blooms.

Following a tour and conversation at Sweet Gale Gardens, participants will have the opportunity to tour Earth to Table Farm with Jon Gagnon and Chris Bocz, grow vegetables and fruits for Pearle Hospitality's restaurants in southwestern Ontario.  This season, Jon and Chris are EFAO farmer-researchers, working with three other farms as part of the trial: Minimizing tillage for greens with tarps and woven fabric.  As part of the tour, participants will see this trial in action and hear about their results first-hand.

Field Day - Innovation on a Vegetable Farm

Saturday September 28, 2019

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Cedar Down Farm, 222145 Concession 14, RR#1

City/Town: Neustadt (West Region)

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

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

There are two pay-what-you-can spaces available for this event. Please be in touch with admin@efao.ca for more information

Jeff Boesch and Leslie Moskovits have been farming together for 15 years - 10 of which at Cedar Down Farm where they  grow 6 acres of certified organic vegetables for year-round CSAs.  Join Jeff and Leslie for a close look at the ins and outs of what has made this farm successful for 10 years and the innovations that have kept them on the leading edge of ecological agriculture in Ontario.

A passionate tool innovator, Jeff will share some of the tool innovations on the farm, including an electric tractor, and talk about the development of EFAO's new community building group.  This year, they are working to convert a portion of their vegetable fields into no-till permanent beds and will share some of their lessons from the season as well as other soil health practices they employ on the farm.  They will talk about their new irrigation plans, including a recently-dug pond, to adjust to the droughts that are occurring with increased frequency in southern Ontario.  Participants will also hear about their experience as farmer-researchers taking part in EFAO's Lettuce Variety Trial and see the trial in action.

 

*This event qualifies as part of the Soil Health Program.