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Appetite for Change: Building an Ecological Future

Thursday August 23, 3018

5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: The New Farm, 9783 Nottawasaga 6/7 Sideroad

City/Town: Creemore - Central

Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $150.00

Non-Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $150.00

This special event is a fundraiser to support EFAO's programming and services.

Join us for an unforgettable night of good food and inspiring company as we explore the limitless potential of ecological farming in Ontario.  Our hosts at the New Farm, a family farm on the crest of the Niagara Escarpment near Creemore, will give an inside look to how they grow the vegetables they send to top restaurants, retail stores, and community organizations in Toronto, Collingwood and beyond.

Farm-to-table advocate and Top Chef Canada Season 2 winner Chef Carl Heinrich (Richmond Station) will prepare a three-course meal featuring local and organic products from farmers seated alongside you in the outdoor dining room.

Don't miss this one-of-a-kind local food experience! Your participation helps build an ecological future for Ontario.

Field Day: Orchard Walk & Natural Mulch in Orchards

Sunday August 26, 2018

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Baba Link Farm, 46 Huisman Lane

City/Town: Hamilton - West

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

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

This event is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited.

Pat Kozowyk farms a diverse, certified organic orchard producing assorted berries, stone fruit, apples, pears and more along with wild foraged perennials for local chefs. Using the principles of agroecology and permaculture, she strives to find a balance of hands on and hands off – using alleys within the orchards for mixed annual crops and native trees, shrubs and plants as companion plants. She uses on- farm, plant based mulches for soil and plant health as well as moisture retention.

In cooperation with EFAO’s Farmer-led Research Program, Pat is in her second year of investigating the effect of comfrey as a natural mulch for Saskatoons. This year, Arthur Churchyard and Ivan Chan are replicating Pat’s trial on currants. At this field day, you will learn the about Pat’s approach to growing a diverse organic orchard, including companion planting, pruning and mulching, as well as the details and results of Pat, Arthur and Ivan’s farmer-led research trials.

Field Day: Soil Health Management Tools & Participatory Variety Trials

Wednesday August 29, 2018

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Fertile Ground Farm, 1560 Carmel-Koch Rd

City/Town: St Agatha - West

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

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

Fertile Ground CSA is one of the most established diversified market gardens in Ontario. Angie Koch is constantly experimenting with new projects and systems on how to run a well-managed ecological vegetable farm. Bring a pot luck item for lunch!

On this field day, you will get a chance to learn about two exciting projects at Fertile Ground CSA this year:

  • North American Variety Trial Network: A North America-wide variety trialling program on peppers working with over 50 farms across the U.S. and Canada.
  • Farmer-led Research Program: Angie is conducting her third research trial in cooperation with EFAO’s Farmer-led Research Program. This year, Angie is assessing her spader to reduce soil structure while still managing weeds.

The first half of the field day will focus on how to run successful on-farm vegetable variety trials. Angie is participating in the North American Variety Trial Network, evaluating different varieties of open-pollinated and hybrid bell peppers. The goals of the trial are to assess which varieties of peppers work best on her farm, and would be suitable for seed production and future plant breeding projects. We will walk you through how to set up a successful variety trial program for your farm.

The second half of the field day will focus on Angie’s farmer-led research trial, Assessing a spader for soil structure, and some common on-farm methods for measuring soil structure and overall soil health. Anne Verhallen of OMAFRA will join use to do in-field demonstrations using a soil penetrometer, water infiltration, soil respiration, and the tea test index for soil health as well as best practices for taking soil samples to send to laboratories for analyses.

This event is generously funded by the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Funding for the Farmer-led Research Program is provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited.

Field Day: Pasture Walk & Ultra High-intensity Grazing

Friday September 7, 2018

6:30 pm - 8:30 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

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.

As practitioners of Holistic Management International, the McQuails at Meeting Place will take us on a walk through their pastures to discuss their approach, successes and challenges with rotational grazing. Tony will also discuss the research trial he is conducting in cooperation with EFAO’s Farmer-led Research Program, which is assessing the benefits of high intensity grazing as part of his adaptive multi-paddock approach. Specifically, he wants to use a mob system as “a hit and a boost”, such that management will go back to less dense rotational grazing after the boost from the trampling and intensity of the mob approach. To measure the response of the pastures, Tony is using a rising plate meter.

Bring a pot luck dish for the shared meal to start off this gathering!

This event is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited.

Field Day: Low-Till Vegetable Management Systems and Participatory Variety Trials

Wednesday September 12, 2018

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: The New Farm, 9783 Sideroad 6 & 7 Nottawasaga

City/Town: Creemore - Central

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

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

Brent Preston and Gillian Flies at The New Farm run one of the most successful vegetable farms in Ontario.  On this field day, you will get a chance to learn about two exciting projects:

  • BC Seed Trials: A Canada-wide variety trialling program on carrots working with over 25 farms across Canada.
  • Farmer-led Research Program: Brent and Gillian are conducting a research trial in cooperation with EFAO’s Farmer-led Research Program focused on low-till methods for organic salad greens.

The first half of the field day will focus on how to run successful on-farm vegetable variety trials. Brent and Gillian are participating in the BC Seed Trials program, evaluating different varieties of open-pollinated and hybrid carrots. The goals of the trial are to assess which varieties of carrots work best on his farm, and would be suitable for seed production and future plant breeding projects. We will walk you through how to set up a successful variety trial program for your farm.

The second half of the field day will focus on Brent and Gillian’s farmer-led research trial investigating low-till options for salad production. To help regenerate soil health, Brent and Gillian want to reduce the number of tillage passes they makes for their production of organic salad mix. To do this, they are comparing tarping as a method for bed preparation. We will discuss the motivation, experimental design and measurements, and results-to-date of the trial.

 

This event is generously funded by the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Funding for the Farmer-led Research Program is provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited.

Field Day: No-till Strategies for Spring Cereals, Winter Grains and Squash

Thursday September 13, 2018

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Orchard Hill Farm, 45415 Fruit Ridge Line

City/Town: St Thomas - West

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

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

Orchard Hill Farm is a 93 acre organic farm powered by Suffolk Punch draft horses, established in 1979 by Ken and Martha Laing. Currently, the farm produces vegetables and small fruits for around 100 families in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) garden, grain and hay for Suffolks, and grain for a local bakery.

As a strong advocate for soil health and no bare soil over the winter, Ken is a leader in the trials and errors no-till and low-till farming. This year, Ken is initiating a no-till spring cereal trial in cooperation with EFAO’s Farmer-led Research Program. For this trial, Ken is testing 4 different cover crops/mixes against fall tillage for spring cereal production. Join us to see the see cover crops planted and growing before they will winter kill, buckwheat ready to roll for winter grains and an end of the season look at the squash transplanted into rolled rye.

This event is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited.

Petal Path: Canadian Flower Week Tours

Sunday September 16, 2018

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Various across Ontario

City/Town: Across Ontario

Member Prices:
One farm tour - 1 Individual(s) - $10.00
Multiple farm tours (2+) - 1 Individual(s) - $20.00

Non-Member Prices:
One farm tour - 1 Individual(s) - $15.00
Multiple farm tours (2+) - 1 Individual(s) - $30.00

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, 1 hour or less in length. Participants can attend one farm tour or visit multiple farms.
HOST FARMS
Note: Participants will be asked to RSVP to specific farm tours upon registration.
Stems Flower Farm (Cookstown)
Aldergrove Farm (Mount Forest)
Floralora Flowers (Prince Edward County)
Sideroad Farm (Walter's Falls)
Petals & Sprigs (Kitchener)
Donnybrook Flower Farm (Auburn)
Harris Flower Farm (St Thomas)

Field Day: Ontario Seed Variety Showcase Garden & Variety Tasting

Wednesday September 19, 2018

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Everdale Environmental Learning Centre, 5812 6th Line

City/Town: Hillsburgh - West

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

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

Come celebrate seed diversity in Ontario! Vegetable farmers and seed growers all across the province are trying to figure out how to source more locally-adapted seed for their farms. The majority of all the vegetable seed most farmers use comes from outside our country, but there is so much great seed being grown here in Ontario. Come to Everdale and check out The Bauta Family Seed Initiative’s Ontario Seed Showcase Garden where you can see the best varieties produced and bred by Ontario growers all in one place! Bring a dish for the pot luck lunch.

This field day will include:

  • A tour of the showcase garden profiling the best-performing varieties from Ontario seed companies and farmers for market gardeners
  • A tour of participatory variety trial and plant breeding plots of peppers, winter squashes, and carrots for the EFAO’s Farmer-led Research Program
  • A variety tasting of a sample of the vegetables from the showcase garden and plant breeding programs, as part of a potluck lunch
  • An overview of all of the seed production and plant breeding efforts in the province, and how you can support local, ecological seed in Ontario

This event is generously funded by the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Funding for the Farmer-led Research Program is provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited.

Webinar Series: Telling your Story to Make a Difference, with John Capecci

Part 1 Evening - Tuesday November 6, 2018

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Wednesday November 7, 2018

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Tuesday November 13, 2018

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Wednesday November 14, 2018

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Online via Zoom

City/Town: Anywhere

Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $25.00

Non-Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $30.00

2 pay-what-you-can spots available. Contact admin@efao.ca to inquire.

**Note: this is a 2-part webinar series, with daytime and evening blocks available for each part. Your registration fee covers both parts of this webinar series.**

The most powerful tools we have is our personal story. Our stories help connect with customers and demonstrate to media, policy makers and the agricultural community the benefits of ecological farming.

Join us for a 2-part webinar series led by communications coach John Capecci (www.capeccicom.com and www.livingproofadvocacy.com) that will help you bring clarity, confidence and impact to your storytelling.

The first webinar will offer storytelling and advocacy fundamentals with a follow-up assignment for participants. The second webinar will offer participants an opportunity to share their progress,learn by listening and give and receive feedback.

Teaching from his book, Living Proof:  Telling Your Story to Make a Difference, this webinar series will arm you with the essential skills needed to utilize your personal story for advocacy and effective communication.

The first 5 participants to enroll will receive a free e-book version of  Living Proof:  Telling Your Story to Make a Difference. All participants will receive a discounted rate on the eBooks of $13CA, downloadable using a coupon code.

The Zoom link will be sent out to registrants before each webinar. Click here to check your computer's compatibility.