Aug 18 2016
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
Aug 17 2016
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.
Aug 17 2016
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.
Aug 05 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.
Aug 04 2016
Erin, Ontario – Come hear trail-blazing growers Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens! The afternoon will include interactive discussions with other innovators.
Innovate! Participate! Regenerate! Afternoon knowledge exchange in break out sessions on:
• Horticultural Cropping Systems with Ken Laing
• Conventional Field Crop Systems with Wayne Cunningham
• Organic No-till Trials with Ruth Knight
• Grazing management practices with veterinarian Rob Swackhammer and John Rowe
… a great opportunity to be informed and inspired by others as well as sharing what you have going on at your farm and what you are thinking of trying.
Contact Ruth (cell: 519 357 5224) or email@example.com
Aug 03 2016
Grey County is home to exceptional innovation in agriculture, food, and rural entrepreneurship. That’s why we’re shining a spotlight on creative technological innovation in agriculture with a new event you won’t want to miss: Ag 4.0: The Next Big Thing.
This two-day Summit and Innovation Tour will provide opportunities for producers to learn from fellow agricultural innovators, as well as create an environment where agricultural and food producers can connect and problem-solve with professionals from the creative and technological fields.
Registration is now open! Click this link to find out everything you need to know to reserve your seat. Register today and be part of leading the rural renaissance!
Early-bird prices will run until September 15, 2016… or until tickets run out! Reserve your seat today to avoid disappointment.
Aug 03 2016
The Meaford Farmers’ Market is pleased to announce the first annual “Tastes of Meaford’ bus tour, which will take place on Saturday, August 20th from 1 pm to 5:30 pm.
Stops on the tour will include Barbetta Orchards, The Barn Co-operative, Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery, Sunrise Organics Farm, and Wolf River Farm. At each stop, you will learn about these food destinations in the Municipality of Meaford and taste of some of what local food producers have to offer.
Tickets for the bus tour are free, with cash and non-perishable food donations being welcomed for the Golden Town Outreach Food Bank, and are available at the Meaford Farmers’ Market, Many Hands of Meaford, and The Barn Co-operative. Those who are part of the tour are asked to be at the Meaford Harbour Pavilion at 12:45 pm to board the buses. The buses will return to the Meaford Harbour Pavilion by 5:30 pm.
Many thanks to Community Foundation Grey Bruce for supporting the Tastes of Meaford bus tour!
For more information, please contact Jaden Calvert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-538-0628. Visit the Facebook event page.
Jul 08 2016
The Falls Inn and Spa is looking for a full time First Cook or Sous Chef. The position requires 5 days a week, evenings and weekends. This person will be responsible to assist the Chef with lunch and dinner service and execution of weddings, meetings, off site catering and banquets as well as prepping ahead of these tasks. They will also be in charge of the kitchen and direct help during the Chef’s days off. Pay range is $14 to $19 an hour for up to 44 hours per week depending on credentials and experience.
Jul 08 2016
With the recent heat and two long-awaited rains, local raspberry season has started right on schedule. You can find raspberries on the menu at local restaurants, at fruit-stands. stores and farmers’ markets. For a full immersion in the season, you’ll want to pick your own from a local patch.
With raspberries in mind, don’t miss the Featuring Raspberry I class with Joy Johnson (just south of Owen Sound) on Tuesday July 12 starting at 7 pm. Space is still available. See the description below.
Featuring Raspberries I Tues. July 12 7 to 9 pm
This sweet red fruit, rich in Vitamin C, will be featured in a variety of recipes including English Trifle, Crunchy Raspberry Parfaits, Raspberry Yogurt Kuchen Flan, Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake, and Raspberry Coconut Squares.
Cost: $24.00 + HST
Joy: 519-371-5247 or 519-374-5600 cell
See all of Joy Johnson’s summer classes here.
Jul 07 2016
Excerpted from the Greenbelt Fund website:
During Local Food Week this June, the Greenbelt Fund announced over $1.5m in new investments in projects across Ontario to increase the the purchase of local food. Investments ranged from increasing the local field-grown produce sold in Subway sandwich shops during the harvest season, to launching a local food hub in Temiskaming, to developing a daily meal sourced entirely from Ontario products for Dana Hospitality’s broader public sector clients.
At Mohawk College, CEO Burkhard Mausberg announced funding for a project that will work to increase local food procurement at colleges across the province. The returns on these investments are tremendous. As Minister Leal noted at Mohawk College, for every $1 the Greenbelt Fund has invested in local food projects, a return on investment of $13 has been realized.