Excerpted from an EFAO MEDIA RELEASE – August 17, 2016
St. Agatha – On Wednesday, Angie Koch of Fertile Ground CSA on behalf of Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO), welcomed members of the public to a farm tour and plaque presentation to mark the launch of Ontario’s first Farmer-led Research Program. Local MPP Michael Harris and OTF Grant Review Team member Logan Walsh were on hand to congratulate the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario and the farmer researchers conducting research trials this summer, and to hear more about how farmer-led research is a powerful decision-making
tool that helps farmers innovate in the area of ecological agriculture.
Thanks to the $75,000 Seed Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Farmer-led Research Program is supporting Ontario farmers to conduct research trials that address their challenges and fit their farm and equipment. In addition, the program hosts free webinars, supports farmer-to-farmer information sharing and is building a publicly available online database of farmers’ knowledge about ecological farming practices in Ontario.
EFAO’s Farmer-led Research Program is committed to supporting farmers to generate and share evidence-based information about ecological farming practices and archiving farmer knowledge throughout the year. If you wish to enquire about participating in the Farmer-led Research Program or learn more about Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario, please visit the website at: efao.ca/farmerledresearch
For more information, please contact: Sarah Hargreaves, Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario
226-582-0626 (cell), email@example.com
The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (a division of Farm and Food Care) completed an initiative to research how Canadian consumers view our food system. Research was conducted with a particular focus on “insights from moms, millennials and foodies”.
Results suggest that Canadians have somewhat polarized views about many aspect of the food system when polled on questions about affordability, food safety, and related issues ranging from healthcare to energy costs, animal welfare to environmental concerns. However, many others are uninformed or ambivalent about the food system. While opinions are strongly held by some, the study found that actual knowledge of the food system is generally low.
Results from this research could help shape how ideas about farming, food and healthy eating are communicated to the public. A summary report can be found here.
Nominate a deserving farmer for the OSCIA Soil Champion Award!
To be eligible for the Soil Champion Award, an individual must be a resident of Ontario or have contributed to soil management in a way that directly influences improved soil health and crop production sustainability in Ontario.
Sustainable soil management practices may be defined as those that:
•Make the most efficient use of nutrients
•Support systems with no net loss of organic matter and soil aggregate ability
•Build the population and diversity of soil organisms
•Effectively manages surface water to support reduced tillage systems
Completed forms and supporting material can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for all nominations and supporting documents is September 1, 2016.
From the Greenbelt website:
The Local Food Investment Fund is dedicated to getting more locally grown food onto the plates of Ontarians. The Greenbelt Fund is now accepting applications for Round 3, and we encourage you to apply for a grant to help your business or organization be a leader in championing Ontario food.
There are three grant streams available for funding:
1) Broader Public Sector – Increasing local food purchases by public sector organizations and institutions.
2) Market Access – Increasing access of small and mid-sized farms and processors to markets
3) Local Food Literacy – Improving understanding of where local food can be found, what local foods are available, and how to use Ontario-grown and raised food
The deadline for applications is September 13, 2016 at 5pm. Visit www.greenbeltfund.ca/applying_for_a_grant to get started.