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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

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 Flowers Week Tour @ Sylvia's 4th Line Florals

Sunday July 21, 2019

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: 2172 Bathurst Upper 4th Concession

City/Town: Perth - 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

Celebrate Canada Flowers Week by touring flower farms in Ontario!
Join the Petal Path and visit Sylvia's 4th Line Florals, a flower farm and florist that grows annual cut flowers, perennial cut flowers, and woody plants for cutting on over 3 acres of cultivated land just west of Perth. Participants can expect a guided tour of the farm and an opportunity to purchase fresh, in-season, farm-grown flowers.
The Petal Path is a province-wide event where flower farms host tours for the public during the second annual Canada Flowers 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 and/or experiences.

Petal Path - Canada Flowers Week Tour @ Sweet Gale Gardens

Sunday July 21, 2019

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Earth to Table Farm, 250 Concession Rd 4 W

City/Town: Hamilton - West

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

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

Celebrate Canada Flowers Week by touring flower farms in Ontario!
Join the Petal Path and tour Sweet Gale Gardens.  Sweet Gale Gardens is a ecological flower farm north of Hamilton growing a mix of annual and perennial flowers, greenery, edible flowers, culinary and medicinal herbs. They sell at markets, wholesale to florist and grocers, and offer wedding flowers. Participants can expect a guided tour of the farm and an opportunity to purchase fresh, in-season, farm-grown flowers.
The Petal Path is a province-wide event where flower farms host tours for the public during the second annual Canada Flowers 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 and/or experiences.

Petal Path - Canada Flowers Week Tour @ Kawartha Flower Company

Sunday July 21, 2019

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: 2 Kirkconnell Road

City/Town: Lindsay - East

Member Prices:
Individua - 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 Flowers Week by touring flower farms in Ontario!
Join the Petal Path and visit the Kawartha Flower Company, a suburban farm comprised of lots in the city growing specialty cut flowers pesticide free.  Participants can expect a guided tour of the plots and an opportunity to purchase fresh, in-season, farm-grown flowers.
The Petal Path is a province-wide event where flower farms host tours for the public during the second annual Canada Flowers 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 and/or experiences.

Petal Path - Canada Flowers Week Tour @ Colour Pop Florals

Sunday July 21, 2019

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: c/o Chappus Farm, 2221 Front road

City/Town: Lasalle - 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

Celebrate Canada Flowers Week by touring flower farms in Ontario!
Join the Petal Path with a tour of  Colour Pop Florals (at Chappus Farm) where they grow cut flowers, ornamental bedding plants, and produce.  Participants can expect a guided tour of the farm and an opportunity to purchase fresh, in-season, farm-grown flowers.
The Petal Path is a province-wide event where flower farms host tours for the public during the second annual Canada Flowers 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 and/or experiences.

Petal Path - Canada Flowers Week Tour @ Country Cut Flowers

Sunday July 21, 2019

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: 970 Millers Side Road

City/Town: Newmarket - Central

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 Flowers Week by touring flower farms in Ontario!
Join the Petal Path and tour Country Cut Flowers, a farm in the rolling hills of King Township growing a variety of flowers for cutting. Participants can expect a guided tour of the farm and an opportunity to purchase fresh, in-season, farm-grown flowers.
The Petal Path is a province-wide event where flower farms host tours for the public during the second annual Canada Flowers 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 and/or experiences

Petal Path - Canada Flowers Week Tour @ Garden Party Flower Farm

Sunday July 21, 2019

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: 1528 Notre Dame Drive

City/Town: St Agatha - 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

Celebrate Canada Flowers Week by touring flower farms in Ontario!
Join the Petal Path and visit Garden Party Flower Farm, who grow cut flowers for designers, DIY’ers and other flower lovers with organic principles in mind. Participants can expect a guided tour of the farm, an opportunity to pick your own bouquet (for purchase) or join a special on-farm creative design workshop (additional fee applies.)
The Petal Path is a province-wide event where flower farms host tours for the public during the second annual Canada Flowers 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 and/or experiences.

Field Day - Organic No-till Soybeans

Wednesday July 24, 2019

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Vandeholm Farms Ltd.

City/Town: St Marys - 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 Marys, 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 - Building and Maintaining Soil Carbon

Thursday August 8, 2019

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Location: Patchwork Gardens, 4649 Milburn Rd, Battersea

City/Town: Battersea (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 places available for this field day. Please contact admin@efao.ca for more information.

Join the team at Patchwork Gardens for a tour of the farm.  Following the tour, there will be a discussion about building and maintaining soil carbon, including three farmer perspectives (vegetable, livestock and field crop farms).  The discussion will focus on the practical: cover cropping, grazing, no-till / low-till, compost, tools, timing, etc.
More information to come.

Webinar - Soil Health Benchmark Study: Training for Sampling

Wednesday August 28, 2019

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Location: Online

City/Town: Online

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

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

This event is meant for participants in the Soil Health Benchmark Study.

This is a webinar for Soil Health Benchmark Study participants with key information about testing with an opportunity to ask questions.

Webinar - Soil Health Benchmark Study: Training for Sampling

Wednesday August 28, 2019

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Online

City/Town: Online

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

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

This event is meant for participants in the Soil Health Benchmark Study.

This is a webinar for Soil Health Benchmark Study participants with key information about testing with an opportunity to ask questions.

Field Day - Pasture Walk and Grazing Strategies + Celebrating 40 Years of EFAO

Sunday September 8, 2019

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Seilern Farm (1161 Conc. 7 RR#5), Hack Farm (965 Concesssion 7 RR 5) and Anbros Farms (2633 Sd. 10 R.R.#1)

City/Town: Kincardine - West

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

Non-Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $35.00

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

Join us as we visit three farms: Seilern Farm, Hack Farm and Anbros Farm. All three farms will offer field walks and discussion of their grazing and pasture management practices. Participants will enjoy a lunch together on farm.

 

More information to come.  Lunch is included.

 

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

Field Day - No-till Strategies for Spring Cereals + Celebrating 40 Years of EFAO

Sunday September 22, 2019

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Orchard Hill Farm, 45415 Fruitridge Line R.R.#5

City/Town: St Thomas - West

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

Non-Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $35.00

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

Join us as we tour Orchard Hill Farm and hear about the trials in no-till spring cereals Ken has been conducting as part of the farmer-led research program.  After a lunch together on the farm, we will hear from longtime EFAO members who will share experiences and stories of their time as part of the organization and working in ecological agriculture in Ontario.

 

More information to come.  Lunch is included.

 

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

Field Day - Soil Health and Breeding Trials 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

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.  They will share some of the soil health practices they employ on the farm and their goals for building continuing to build healthy, productive soils.  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.

Field Day - On-farm Seed Saving

Wednesday October 2, 2019

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Ignatius Farm, 5420 Hwy 6 North

City/Town: Guelph - 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

More information to come.

 

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