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Ecological Fruit Production Course for Small to Medium Scale Orchards
Fall Session I 

Saturday, September 6, 2014
1:00pm- 4:00pm
Orchard Park Office Centre. Ignatius Farm Guelph, ON
(next orchard seminar is October 18)
Member - $65.00, Non-member - $75.00
Registration click here to register!
  •  Experience first hand the skills required to operate a small-med ecological orchard
  • The course is held on a farm with a working orchard, and your time will be split between theory, and outdoor demonstrations.
  • Benefit from instructor Lorne Jamiesons practical approach, as he shares his knowledge gained from years managing the organic orchards on the Ignatius property.
  • Fall Session 1 will cover;  Picking, Packing, and Storage, Processing Ideas

Rogueing and Selection for Seed Production

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Whole Circle Farm, 8786 Wellington 50, RR#3, Acton, Ontario, L7J 2L9
Cost: Pay what you can 

Registration click here to register!
With support of The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security,
Come tour Whole Circle Farm 
and learn how to grow and plan for seed production in a market garden. Learn from Rebecca Ivanoff and Johann Kleinsasser how to rogue and select for certain seed crops and how to integrate seed into your market garden operation.

Building Regional Seed Security with Gardeners and Farmers

Thursday, September 11, 2014
9:30am – 12:00pm:
 Heirloom Seed Sanctuary1200 Princess Street, Kingston, ON, K7L 4W4
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Fare Well Farm, 2095 Middle Road, Kingston, ON K7L 4V3
Cost: Pay what you can

Registration click here to register!
With the support of The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security,
The Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI) is a grassroots organization founded by local farmers, backyard and market gardeners, and concerned community members, whose mission is to grow community seed heritage. In the morning, join Cate Henderson, curator of the Heirloom Seed Sanctuary, for a tour through this year’s heirloom gardens, where over 100 varieties are being grown out this season.
In the afternoon, come take a tour of Fare Well Farm, with Crista Thor and Mike Bayne, who operate a CSA and grow over 100 varieties of vegetables for seed. Tour their farm and learn some techniques of how to efficiently integrate seed production into your market garden operation.


Introduction to Pastured Pigs Workshop

 Saturday September 13
 9:30am – 4:30pm
21788 Concession #14, RR#1, Neustadt. 
$95 (+HST) per person or $171 (+HST) for two

Registration: click here to register

Join Tarrah Young of Green Being Farm as she shares lessons from her own experiences raising heritage pigs on pasture, as well as innovative and valuable information gleaned from research abroad. Topics to be covered include: feeding and grazing options, natural health care, farrowing, breed selection, processing, marketing and economics.  
*Plus, get a chance to meet some of the first Kune Kunes in Canada, a small, rare breed of pig able to fatten on forages alone – the true enviro-pig!

Integrating Seed Production into Market Gardens

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
 9:30am – 12:00pm – Saugeen River CSA
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm -  Hawthorn Farm
Cost: Pay what you can 
Registration:  click here to register!
With the support of The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security
Come for a tour Saugeen River CSA and learn some techniques of how to efficiently integrate seed production into your market garden operation
Come to Hawthorn Farm to learn best practices on how to clean high quality vegetable seed. At this workshop you learn all about, seed harvesting, drying, and cleaning methods and techniques; equipment needs and sources, relative to your scale of seed production; and equipment sharing and collaboration with other seed growers.

The Dirt on Soil Workshop

 Saturday September 20
12:30 -4:30 pm
221788 Concession #14, RR#1 Neustadt.
$65 (+HST) per person or $110 (+HST) for two
:  click here to register

Learn the basics of soil science in an accessible and hands-on way.  Rather than relying on inputs for fertility, get ready for ideas on how to optimize your soil’s health, and ultimately the health of your crops, by using the biological community to unleash the tremendous potential in your soil!


Ecological Fruit Production Seminars
Fall Session1- Sept 6
Fall Session 2- October 18

Rogueing for Seed Production
September 10

Building Regional Seed Security
September 11

Integrating Seed Production into Market Gardens*
September 17
(*separate am &pm session)

Pastured Pigs
September 13

Soil Workshop
September 20

Ecological Farmers Conference: 

A practical conference for farmers, organized by farmers!

December 5-6, 2014
Geneva Park YMCA 
Orillia, ON

If you are an ecological farmer in Ontario, this is the event of the year you won't want to miss!
  • 30 workshops!
  • Keynote, Plenary
  • 35th anniversary dinner!
  • Music, Dancing!
  • and a Big Cake!!!!!

Check our what's available on the Stock Exchange!
Visit the Stock Exchange page online to place your ad or to see what is available.
Stock Exchange Prices:
EFAO Members:
$10 for 1 issue
$20 for 1 issue or $15 for multiple issues
If you would like to pay for your Stock Exchange ad by cheque please
Contact the Office.
Download the March Issue HERE.

Digging into Farming

Saturday, November 22 & 29
Milton, ON
A course intended for prospective farmers who are ready to stop dreaming and start developing realistic goals, clarify their farm vision, and start a business plan.

More information here.


Practical Farmers of Ontario Conference Series
Joel Salatin Event
Saturday October 4, 2014
University of Guelph
Admission fees apply. $65 - $95
Contact: Kaleda Connell 519. 505. 5095

Canada Organic Regime Processing Standard
September 23 & 25, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Two day, 3 hours each session on the Canadian Organic Regime (COR) as it pertains to processing operations. 
Cost for Webinar
*$300 for IOIA and COTA members*$325 for IOIA or COTA members
*$350 for non IOIA or COTA members 
Register for the webinar 

The Advanced Farm Management Program:
 This program is meant for farmers who are looking to better their farm management practices and improve the performance and sustainability of their farm business.

Farmer-club Initiative:
 This program is for established or newly created farmer-led clubs. AMI has a list of expert advisors to assist these clubs in creating a business plan or address common issues and how to move forward with them. This service is free to the clubs as the advisors have an available $5000 of funding for them to use to provide their services to the clubs. This funding is limited to a minimum of two meetings or a maximum of 1 year of facilitated meetings.

For more information:

Biodynamic Farm Event

You are invited for a tour of a quarter acre residential Biodynamic vegetable and flower garden. Meeting the challenges of shade, soil, and weather will be discussed.
September 7, 2014
1-5 PM
Simcoe, in Norfolk County. 14 Simcoe Blvd.

Contact Laurie McGregor - Treasurer Society for Biodynamic Farming and Gardening in Ontario 519-426-9021

Carrot Fest at Everdale
Live Music, Animal Visits, Tours of Home Alive, Farm Tours!

Sunday, September 21st, 2014 
11:00 – 5:00
Everdale Farm, 5812 6th Line, Hillsburgh
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