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

Sunday September 8, 2019

10:00 am - 3:30 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

In celebration of EFAO's 40th Anniversary, join us as we visit three neighbouring farms:

Anbros Farm: Lawrence and Mathilde Andres, co-founders and owners of Harmony Organic Dairy, became Canada's first organic dairy farmers in 1979. Officially launched in 2001, Harmony Organic now works with 13 family farms in southern Ontario. Lawrence and Mathilde are founding members of EFAO.

Hack Farm: Established by their father Bernhard Hack in 1982, brothers Martin and Ulrich run this biodynamic and organic farm with their families.  They farm cash crops (cereals, hay, soybeans), graze beef cattle and sell bread from their own grains.  The Hacks are longtime members of EFAO and the ecological agricultural community in southwestern Ontario.

Seilern Farm:Run by Jen and Mathias Seilern and their team, Seilern Farm is certified organic and biodynamic. They sell healthy, organic, pastured beef from animals treated with integrity. Jen and Mathias have been members of EFAO since 2013 and Jen is now a member of EFAO's Board of Directors. Both farmers were mentored by the Hacks.

Each farm will provide a farm tour, an in-depth discussion of their grazing and pasture management practices and an overview of their own farm journey.  The opportunity for a close look at these three farms is a very special one!

Lunch is included in ticket price.

 

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

Webinar - Soil Health Benchmark Study: Training for Sampling

Wednesday September 11, 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 September 11, 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.

Appetite for Change: Building an Ecological Future

Thursday September 19, 2019

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Heartwood Farm & Cidery, 5438 2nd Line, Erin, ON

City/Town: Erin (West)

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

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

All proceeds from this event support EFAO's programs and services.

Join us for an unforgettable night of good food and inspiring company as we dig into the important and potential of ecological farming in Ontario and fundraise for the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO).

Our hosts at Heartwood Farm & Cidery - a horse-powered, regenerative, family farm in the Hills of Headwaters - will provide an inside look into the practices they use to maintain the healthiest soil, water systems, agriculture and livestock possible.

Chef Paula Navarrete of Momofuku Kojin will prepare a three-course meal featuring products from ecological farms in southwestern Ontario to be served 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.

Tickets also available on Eventbrite.

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

Join the Ontario Coordinator for the Bauta Seed Initiative to learn how to grow, save, clean and store garden grown seeds for future seasons and how to incorporate these processes into your farm or garden system.  We will also discuss soil health practices for optimal seed production and learn about on farm seed stewardship that generates plants that fit the land where we grow and our community’s tastes.

 

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