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Aug 24 2016

Transition Smart – Farmers to Processors workshop coming to Owen Sound in November


Transition Smart – Farmers to Processors
 is an innovative two-day workshop for farmers developed by the Agri-food Management Institute (AMI) in strategic partnership with Georgian College.

Transition Smart is a streamlined introduction to everything farmers need to know in order to move from growing and raising food to producing value-added products on farm. Subjects covered include operational planning, marketing, product development, pricing, distribution and sales. This detailed workshop will deliver tools that can be implemented immediately and identify feasible opportunities to add income and diversity to your farming business.

Transition Smart will be delivered at the Owen Sound campus of Georgian College on November 19th and 20th.  PRICE: $129 plus HST.

Space is limited, visit GeorgianCollege.ca/Farmers or call 705.728.1968 ext. 1605 for more information and to register.

Grey County is pleased to support local delivery of this program.

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Aug 18 2016

$75,000 Trillium Fund Grant Supports Ecological Farmers to Research and Innovate


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), sarah@efao.ca

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Aug 17 2016

Results of Study into Public Trust in Canada’s Food System

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.

 

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Aug 17 2016

Nominate a Soil Champion by September 1st to Celebrate Soil Health

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 avandepeer@ontariosoilcrop.org.

Deadline for all nominations and supporting documents is September 1, 2016.

 

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