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Monday, November 29
 

9:30am EST

Making the Most of Your High Tunnel Soils, and More
This session will discuss many "best practices" being used in organic and sustainable high tunnels / hoop houses / greenhouses in the Northeast U.S. to optimize nutrient management, soil health, pest management, environmental controls, and profitability. Pictures of these practices taken on a variety of farms will be shown. There will be time for participants to share their experiences, knowledge, and questions.

Speakers
avatar for Vern Grubinger

Vern Grubinger

University of Vermont
Vern Grubinger has been working with and learning from farmers for about 35 years. He's the vegetable and berry specialist and Extension Professor with the University of Vermont, see https://www.uvm.edu/extension/horticulture/commercial, and director of the Northeast Sustainable... Read More →


Monday November 29, 2021 9:30am - 11:00am EST
Online over Zoom

9:30am EST

Silvopasture 201
The agroforestry practice of Silvopasture combines grazing animals, forages, and trees in an interconnected system. This session steps beyond the basics, to discuss how silvopasture can be effectively implemented both in converting woodlands to improve forage quality for livestock and planting trees into pasture systems. Learn the steps to take in order to transition marginal areas of the farm into productive areas and meet your goals for production and improved habitat, water quality, and more. Steve Gabriel, author of Silvopasture, will offer examples from Wellspring Forest Farm where he and his family are working to transition many different areas of the landscape in silvopasture.

We suggest you prepare in advance by watching the following videos from the 2020 EFAO conference:
Silvopasture in Practice with Steve Gabriel
Mapping a Successful Silvopasture with Steve Gabriel

Speakers
avatar for Steve Gabriel

Steve Gabriel

Extension Agroforestry Specialist, Wellspring Forest Farm
Steve Gabriel is an ecologist, forest farmer, and educator living in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State in the US. Throughout his career, Steve has taught thousands of farmers and land managers about the ways farming and forestry can be combined to both benefit the ecology... Read More →


Monday November 29, 2021 9:30am - 11:00am EST
Online over Zoom

9:30am EST

Traditional Ecological Knowledge as Indigenous Science
Thousands of years of Traditional Ecological Knowledge pre-date Western scientific ways of understanding the natural world. Traditional Ecological Knowledge scholar, seed steward and traditional agriculturalist Celeste Smith offers insight and guidance into Indigenous scientific worldviews, for farmer-researchers and anyone interested in methods of knowledge generation beyond westernized science.

Speakers
avatar for Celeste Smith

Celeste Smith

Cultural Seeds
Celeste Smith (she/her) is Oneida from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. As an intergenerational trauma survivor, she has made it her life's mission to help Women/Gender Diverse People rebuild their connections to the land and their lifeways. Celeste is a seed steward, traditional... Read More →


Monday November 29, 2021 9:30am - 11:00am EST
Online over Zoom

11:00am EST

Social Break
Join other EFAO conference participants on Wonder for a 30 minute social break between sessions. You’ll be able to continue conversations from the previous session, chat with sponsors and partners, and connect with EFAO staff and conference participants!

Tech reminders:
  • Please use Google Chrome (or Microsoft Edge) for Wonder- other browsers won't work
  • A laptop or desktop computer will work best; smartphones and tablets will NOT work
  • Make sure you exit Zoom to ensure your camera and microphone work in Wonder


Monday November 29, 2021 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Online on Wonder

11:30am EST

Research Symposium - Session 1
The Research Symposium is a gathering where EFAO members who have participated in EFAO's Farmer-Led Research Program share their findings and insights from the research season. This year we will hear about research from 2021 focused on interplanting, biochar amendments, variety trials for quinoa, organic field corn, oats, amaranth, summer lettuce, and spinach for seed production, no-till vegetable production, and climate regulation for summer lettuce. If you are interested in conducting research or want to learn about this year’s projects, please join us!

To learn more about EFAO's Farmer-Led Research Program visit efao.ca/farmer-led-research/

To read 2021 research reports as they become available, visit: efao.ca/research-2021/


Monday November 29, 2021 11:30am - 1:00pm EST
Online over Zoom

11:30am EST

Employee Perspectives on Thriving Work Environments
What motivates farm staff to return year after year to the same farm job? Straight from the horse's mouth, this session will feature a panel of employees highlighting some of the key reasons they choose to return to the same farm each season. This session will be a good learning opportunity for both employees and employers looking to find ways to strengthen their work relationships and improve staff retention.

Speakers
avatar for Taylor Mendell

Taylor Mendell

Footprint Farm
Taylor Mendell is a farmer, mother, and efficiency nerd. She and her husband run Footprint Farm in Starksboro Vermont, USA. They grown vegetables for a CSA, local restaurants, caterers, and a food co-op. Taylor also shares business planning, decision making, goal setting, and efficiency... Read More →
avatar for Sunil Puri

Sunil Puri

Feel Free Farm
Sunil is a mixed race settler farmer of Punjabi and Jewish decent living and growing on the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. Sunil works part time as a field hand and operator at Manorun Organic Farm, and runs his own market... Read More →
avatar for Jason Vistoli

Jason Vistoli

Nith Valley Organics
Jason is the assistant manager and farmer at Nith Valley Organics. Father, grateful and always wanting to learn more!
avatar for Brian Tammi

Brian Tammi

Humble Bee
Brian Tammi is a first generation farmer from Hamilton, ON. He spent the last 15 years working in agriculture and focuses on soil health and organic production of fruit and vegetable crops. He entered agriculture as a seasonal labourer and soon committed to a career in farming. After... Read More →
avatar for Lara Jerome

Lara Jerome

Field Manager, Fertile Ground Farm
Lara is inspired by the power of our relationship to food for creating healthy communities. Since 2013, she's worked in a diversity of environments where people and food connect: on farms, food policy councils, in community gardens, and with local food producers and retailers in Waterloo... Read More →


Monday November 29, 2021 11:30am - 1:00pm EST
Online over Zoom

11:30am EST

Raising Sheep on a Regenerative Vegetable Farm
In this session, Brenda Hsueh from Black Sheep Farm will be sharing her knowledge of sheep care gleaned over 13 years of farming. While sheep haven't always been a large part of the farm, they have always been present, while she worked a 1 acre organic market garden, which is now almost fully transitioned to no-till. In the past few years, the sheep side of the farm has grown exponentially (that's what happens with breeding!) and both Brenda and her partner Skyler are full-time on the farm, working various aspects of the vegetable and sheep operations. The sheep are grazed under intensive grazing management during the growing season, and fed hay in the barn for the winter and lambing season (lots of bedding pack to be turned into compost for the vegetable garden and fields!). They market meat, livestock, tanned lambskins, and fibre (fleeces, yarns, socks, etc.) produced from their sheep flock. This session is everything they wish they had known about sheep, but with the caveat that just because you hear about it now, you won't really get it, until you experience it.

Speakers
avatar for Brenda Hsueh

Brenda Hsueh

Black Sheep Farm
Brenda Hsueh is a Chinese Canadian woman farmer, who has been farming Black Sheep Farm in Grey County since 2009. She first came to farming single, and jaded from years of working a desk job in Toronto. Now she farms with her partner Skyler, and their daughter Emma, often tired and... Read More →


Monday November 29, 2021 11:30am - 1:00pm EST
Online over Zoom

1:00pm EST

Social Lunch
Join other EFAO conference participants on Wonder for a lunch break after the morning workshops. You’ll be able to continue conversations from the previous session, chat with sponsors and partners, and connect with EFAO staff and conference participants!

Tech reminders:
  • Please use Google Chrome (or Microsoft Edge) for Wonder- other browsers won't work
  • A laptop or desktop computer will work best; smartphones and tablets will NOT work
  • Make sure you exit Zoom to ensure your camera and microphone work in Wonder

Sponsors/Partners available in this session:

Acti-Sol
Kindred Credit Union
Wastenot Farms
Gintech Shade Solutions
Heartwood Farms
Multi-Shelter Solutions
Wellington Produce Packaging
VeggieCropper

Sponsors
avatar for Acti-Sol

Acti-Sol

Acti-Sol is a Canadian manufacturer and distributor of natural fertilizers. Our two lines of fertilizers are used extensively by organic grain, fruit and vegetable growers. By offering fertilizers approved for organic farming, Acti-Sol encourages farming practices that respect the... Read More →
avatar for Gintec Shade Technologies

Gintec Shade Technologies

Gintec Shade Technologies is a company invested in bringing innovation and problem solving to all aspects of agriculture across North America. Gintec’s vast knowledge and experience in fabrics, plasticulture and geotextiles helps us recommend the best product for you. We are your... Read More →
avatar for Heartwood Farm and Cidery

Heartwood Farm and Cidery

We are the humble and careful stewards of a 42-acre farm, where we raise cows, pigs, sheep, chickens and bees, and grow apples, maple trees, and other fruit and nut trees. We have chosen the practices of Regenerative Farming for our land in an effort to maintain the healthiest... Read More →
avatar for Kindred Credit Union

Kindred Credit Union

Kindred Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative based in southwestern Ontario. Serving members since 1964, Kindred’s values-centred approach is woven into everything we do and makes us the one-of-a-kind choice for those who want to connect their values and faith with... Read More →
avatar for Multi Shelter Solutions

Multi Shelter Solutions

Manufacturing & distributing economical shelters for all your growing, housing and storage requirements.With over 45 years of experience in greenhouse, shelter operations and construction, we can help you find creative solutions to your shelter requirements.Specializing in unique... Read More →
avatar for VeggieCropper

VeggieCropper

VeggieCropper is intuitive and straightforward crop planning software because it was built and tested in the field by Evan and I. Check it out if you are looking for a better crop plan or to simplify and tie up loose ends. Helping out users like you get started is our favourite part... Read More →
avatar for Wastenot Farms

Wastenot Farms

Wastenot Farms, Ontario’s premier vermicomposting biorefinery, utilizes a workforce of one million red wiggler earthworms to transform food waste into living soil following Soil Food Web principles. Our regenerative soil amendment products retail under the Jocelyn’s Soil Booster... Read More →
avatar for Wellington Produce Packaging

Wellington Produce Packaging

We help farms market produce in store, on the farm market, or from the roadside stand.WPP has been getting produce from farm to the table since 1934. We are Canada’s premier packaging choice for all types of produce, handling orders big and small. We manufacture and stock a dynamic... Read More →


Monday November 29, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Online on Wonder

2:00pm EST

Fluxing Farms: Diversifying Farm Income
A growing number of farms have expanded beyond the growing of crops and raising livestock to include new undertakings that are both agricultural and unrelated. These “fluxing” opportunities are providing multiple income streams to manage risk and showcase farmers’ entrepreneurial spirits. Join the discussion and see what sorts of endeavours EFAO members are exploring on their farms from agri-tourism, to weddings, to farm schools and more!



Speakers
avatar for Kristine Hammel

Kristine Hammel

Persephone Market Garden
Kristine Hammel lives at the base of the Saugeen Peninsula, on the traditional land of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation. She farms with her husband and three children, growing vegetables and herbs, a small flock of sheep and various poultry, along with lots of nut trees. Her focus is on... Read More →
avatar for Chris Krucker

Chris Krucker

Manorun Organic Farm
Chris Krucker and his partner Denise own ManoRun Organic Farm in Hamilton. With their 4 children they have been growing vegetables and meats organically for 25 years. As part of helping to develop local food in Hamilton he was a founding member of the Dundas Farmer’s Market, the... Read More →
avatar for Antonio Gomes

Antonio Gomes

Cavaleiro Farm
Antonio is a fourth generation farmer who started Cavaleiro Farm in 2015. The farm runs a 50 members CSA, rents out market garden space to other farmers and this season started Farmlife Academy to train new farmers. The goal of the farm is to reduce operational costs as much as possible... Read More →


Monday November 29, 2021 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Online over Zoom

2:00pm EST

Research Symposium - Session 2
The Research Symposium is a gathering where EFAO members who have participated in EFAO's Farmer-Led Research Program share their findings and insights from the research season. This year we will hear about research from 2021 focused on interplanting, biochar amendments, variety trials for quinoa, organic field corn, oats, amaranth, summer lettuce, and spinach for seed production, no-till vegetable production, and climate regulation for summer lettuce. If you are interested in conducting research or want to learn about this year’s projects, please join us!

To learn more about EFAO's Farmer-Led Research Program visit efao.ca/farmer-led-research/

To read 2021 research reports as they become available, visit: efao.ca/research-2021/


Monday November 29, 2021 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Online over Zoom

3:30pm EST

BIPOC Farmers Network Meetup
Are you a racialized ecological farmer or aspiring farmer? Join us for a friendly meetup to kick off the conference and connect with fellow Black, Indigenous and other farmers of colour. Come hear about and meet some of this year's amazing presenters, talk to fellow farmers and share resources in a warm and welcoming environment.

This meeting is reserved for BIPOC farmers and aspiring farmers and will be led by Angel Beyde, with support from Amy Cheng. EFAO members and others interested in joining are welcome to attend.
RSVP at any point until 6 pm on Sunday November 28.

This Community Conversation is free to attend and is being held as a part of the EFAO 2021 virtual conference. If you would like to register for the entire conference, you can find a link to register at the top of this page. Please note registration for full conference passes closes Sunday, November 28th at 6pm and registration for single day passes closes at 6pm the night before.

Conference Bursaries
In order to make the 2021 conference accessible to all farmers and future farmers in Ontario, EFAO strives to cover registration fees for anyone facing barriers, particularly those from equity-deserving groups (eg folx who identify as Black, Indigenous, Person of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, having a disability). To access supported registration, please complete this form by 6 pm on November 28.



Monday November 29, 2021 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST
Online over Zoom

4:00pm EST

Stretch Break
Time to take a break! Give your body and mind a chance to reflect and absorb some of the learning from the mornings sessions while you follow along with the videos below.

A huge thank you to The Farmer Yoga Teacher, Julie Bradley-Low, for sharing these specially curated videos for our farming audience.

Limbering up:
https://youtu.be/HjruerxGh0k
https://youtu.be/OKNDubp4JwA

Neck & Shoulders:
https://youtu.be/Z0IjLnnysDg


Hips & Low back:
https://youtu.be/irXLs0-HUbI



Monday November 29, 2021 4:00pm - 4:45pm EST
Online

7:00pm EST

Land Access Panel
It’s time to talk about the elephant in the room: the land access crisis. Rising land and housing prices have put traditional land ownership out of reach for many, at a time when supporting new and aspiring ecological farmers is more important than ever. These barriers disproportionately impact BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) farmers and equity-deserving groups. Join this honest conversation around land access as EFAO kicks off its winter Land Access Series, in collaboration with the National Farmers Union - Ontario. This conference plenary will introduce an overview of issues, challenges, and potential solutions related to land access. In it, we will hear from Celeste Smith about her experiences accessing land using a cultural easement; from Sally Miller (Fair Finance Fund) regarding some of the financial realities and possible solutions for accessing land in the current market; and the Northeast Farmers of Colour Land Trust will share about their innovative land access model that centres racial justice and equity.

Moderators
avatar for Melissa Watkins

Melissa Watkins

University of Guelph
Raised on a hobby farm, Melissa’s interest in agriculture began when she came to realize that her barnyard friends eventually made their way to the dinner table. Today she is the Project Director of Food from Thought: Agricultural Systems for a Healthy Planet, a research program... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sally Miller

Sally Miller

Fair Finance Fund
Sally Miller (MA/ PhD; MES), is the Project Manager for the Fair Finance Fund. She has worked in food and agriculture and co-ops for over twenty-five years, including the Local Food and Farm Co-ops, Ontario Natural Food Co-op, Organic Meadow, Fourth Pig Worker Co-op, West End Food... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Morningstar

Stephanie Morningstar

Northeast Farmers of Colour Land Trust
Stephanie is Mohawk, Oneida, and mixed European descent. She is an herbalist, soil and seed steward, scholar, student, and Earth Worker dedicated to decolonizing and liberating minds, hearts, and land- one plant, person, ecosystem, and non-human being at a time. Stephanie is the Executive... Read More →
avatar for Celeste Smith

Celeste Smith

Cultural Seeds
Celeste Smith (she/her) is Oneida from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. As an intergenerational trauma survivor, she has made it her life's mission to help Women/Gender Diverse People rebuild their connections to the land and their lifeways. Celeste is a seed steward, traditional... Read More →


Monday November 29, 2021 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST
Online over Zoom

8:30pm EST

Social Hour
Join other EFAO conference participants on Wonder for some social connection! Are you all fired up from watching the plenary session? Are you excited about something you learned today? Head over to Wonder - you’ll be able to continue conversations from the previous session, chat with sponsors and partners, and connect with EFAO staff and conference participants!

Tech reminders:
  • Please use Google Chrome (or Microsoft Edge) for Wonder- other browsers won't work
  • A laptop or desktop computer will work best; smartphones and tablets will NOT work
  • Make sure you exit Zoom to ensure your camera and microphone work in Wonder
Sponsors/Partners available in this session:

NFU-Ontario
Regeneration Canada
Fair Finance Fund
Local Food and Farm Co-ops
Kindred Credit Union

Sponsors
avatar for Fair Finance Fund

Fair Finance Fund

The Fair Finance Fund’s mission is to mobilize equitable and accessible capital for Ontario's food and farm enterprises that create social, environmental and economic benefits.
avatar for Kindred Credit Union

Kindred Credit Union

Kindred Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative based in southwestern Ontario. Serving members since 1964, Kindred’s values-centred approach is woven into everything we do and makes us the one-of-a-kind choice for those who want to connect their values and faith with... Read More →
avatar for Local Food and Farms Coop

Local Food and Farms Coop

The Local Food and Farm Co-ops network (LFFC) is an incorporated not-for-profit co-operative that specializes in organizing and development support for food and farming co-ops in Ontario. We provide training, online and in-person capacity-building, mentorship and coordination of peer-to-peer support among our... Read More →
avatar for National Farmers Union- Ontario

National Farmers Union- Ontario

The National Farmers Union is Canada’s national farm organization committed to family farms. Promoting agroecology and food sovereignty for 50+ years, the NFU does not waver in our vision for farmers, eaters, and the earth, embedded in social and economic justice in Canada and internationally.The National... Read More →
avatar for Regeneration Canada

Regeneration Canada

Regeneration Canada is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting soil regeneration in order to mitigate climate change, restore biodiversity, improve water cycles, and support a healthy food system.We strive towards this goal by creating spaces for farmers, landowners, scientists... Read More →


Monday November 29, 2021 8:30pm - 9:30pm EST
Online on Wonder
 
Tuesday, November 30
 

9:30am EST

Journey of a Soil Farmer
After over a decade of trial and error, consulting with experts, and a deep dive down the rabbit hole of soil health, Evan Quigley has found a combination of strategies that are proving to be very efficient at producing some of the best quality vegetables possible. Participants will be taken on a journey through Evan's successes and failures with large compost applications, compost teas, rock dusts, mineral balancing, biweekly foliar sprays and fertigation. These often expensive and labour intensive trials ultimately helped him find the right combination of strategies for optimal soil health. Evan says, “When everything is in balance,  the soil's physical, chemical and biological properties are taken care of, and the crop can get the nitrogen it needs when it needs it. As a result, you have less waste, amazing yields and awesome quality that customers want.”

Speakers
avatar for Evan Quigley

Evan Quigley

The Kitchen Garden
After studying art in Halifax at NSCAD, Evan worked in the Toronto restaurant scene, painted and travelled extensively before moving to an old farm house in Eastern Ontario and starting The Kitchen Garden farm back in 2009. The farm grew quickly from humble beginnings into a profitable... Read More →


Tuesday November 30, 2021 9:30am - 11:00am EST
Online over Zoom

9:30am EST

Seed Stories: The Roots of Seed Justice
As a grower, have you asked yourself: Where do my seeds come from? Whose hands have they passed through? What stories might they tell?

This session will spark curiosity about the relationships that can be built through hearing and telling the histories of the crop varieties we grow, eat, and sell. Participants will leave with inspiration to reflect on their own relationship to seeds, including their ancestral seeds. Sharing stories about seed is one way growers can build a relationship with folks who are, and have been the traditional, ancestral seedkeepers of the seeds we grow. Donating, buying, tithing and implementing seed reparations also strengthen the relationships between grower and seedkeeper.

Kahehtoktha,Janice Brant from Kenhteke Seed Sanctuary and Amirah Mitchell from TrueLove Seeds will be be sharing the importance of knowing and understanding seed stories and how this has led them to the work they do growing, selecting, championing, and rematriating seeds with their ancestral communities and strengthening the link between stories and seeds.

Speakers
avatar for Amirah Mitchell

Amirah Mitchell

TrueLove Seeds
Amirah Mitchell has been working in agriculture and the food movement for over a dozen years, initially as a teen farm intern, team leader and board member at The Food Project in Boston, MA. She has since worked on urban farms in Massachusetts, Georgia and Pennsylvania, and delivers... Read More →
avatar for Kahehtoktha, Janice Brant

Kahehtoktha, Janice Brant

Ratinenhayen:thos
Brant (OCT, M.Ad.Ed., B.Ed., BAH Indigenous Studies) is Kanyenke’haka (Mohawk) from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. She sits with the Bear clan and was raised in a farming family. She has benefited from the wisdom of her parents and grandparents that practiced both traditional and... Read More →


Tuesday November 30, 2021 9:30am - 11:00am EST
Online over Zoom
  Workshop

11:00am EST

Social Break
Join other EFAO conference participants on Wonder for a 30 minute social break between sessions. You’ll be able to continue conversations from the previous session, chat with sponsors and partners, and connect with EFAO staff and conference participants!

Tech reminders:
  • Please use Google Chrome (or Microsoft Edge) for Wonder- other browsers won't work
  • A laptop or desktop computer will work best; smartphones and tablets will NOT work
  • Make sure you exit Zoom to ensure your camera and microphone work in Wonder


Tuesday November 30, 2021 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Online on Wonder

11:30am EST

Breeding for Climate Change Resilience
Over the last 50 years, organic farmers have mainly aimed at optimizing their farming systems with agronomic approaches. More and more, those working in ecological agriculture are recognizing the importance of working in collaboration with plants to enhance yield under low-input conditions and in the face of climate change. A good number of farmers, both independently and in collaboration, are working to adapt important food crops to the conditions presented by a changing climate.  Join this session to hear from Secwépemc farmer, land and seed steward Tiffany Traverse, Korean American farmer and seedkeeper Kristyn Leach, and University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa professor Dr Michael Kantar about how you can support this important work and start your own on-farm breeding work.

Tiffany conducts experimental plant breeding projects to adapt nutrient-dense cultivars to our changing climate as a guest in Treaty 8 Territory in northern BC. Kristyn works to adapt crops of the Asian diaspora to the dry, hot conditions of California within a natural farming system that employs minimal tillage, and closed loop fertility management. Dr. Mikey Kantar, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, is interested in the intersection between genomics, agriculture and ecology and focuses on the breeding and genetics of vegetable crops through the use of crop wild relatives and the genetic basis of local adaptation.

For more information about organic vegetable breeding, please see this free resource: Breeding Organic Vegetables: A Step-By-Step Guide For Growers By Rowen White & Bryan Connolly (recommended by our speakers!)

Speakers
avatar for Kristyn Leach

Kristyn Leach

Namu Farm
Kristyn runs Namu Farm in central California, where she grows predominantly crops of the Asian diaspora. The farm’s focus is to adapt East Asian subsistence farming practices and seed cultivars to the challenges of production farming in dry, hot conditions. The farm uses ecological farming practices... Read More →
avatar for Tiffany Traverse

Tiffany Traverse

Tiffany is a Secwépemc farmer, land and seed steward, language learner, and food sovereignty advocate. Her passion for feeding people and firm belief in the right to healthy, culturally-appropriate foods for all, drives her work. She is passionate about the uncomfortable work in... Read More →
avatar for Michael Kantar

Michael Kantar

University of Hawai'i
Michael (Mikey) Kantar is currently an associate professor at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa where he was appointed in 2016. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2013 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia 2013-2015. In 2019-2020... Read More →


Tuesday November 30, 2021 11:30am - 1:00pm EST
Online over Zoom
  Workshop

11:30am EST

Love 'em or Leave 'em: Online Platforms
Local Line, Harvie, Open Food Network, Farmigo, Square & more - what will work best for your farm business? Hear from five farmers in a lightning talk-style session where they will discuss what online platforms they have tried, which one(s) they are currently using, and why. Save yourself the trial and error by learning about what platforms might be the best fit for your farm’s unique mix of marketing channels. Moderator Theresa Schumilas from Open Food Network and Garden Party Flower Farm will also contribute to the discussion with findings from the ‘digital farmgate’ research project which they just completed for OMAFRA.   

Speakers
avatar for Theresa Schumilas

Theresa Schumilas

Garden Party Flower Farm
Theresa grows 4 acres of specialty cut flowers which she sells in multiple wholesale and retail channels. Before turning to cut flower farming she did her post-doctoral research on digital disruption in local food chains. As part of this work, she launched the Open Food Network platform... Read More →
avatar for Antonio Gomes

Antonio Gomes

Cavaleiro Farm
Antonio is a fourth generation farmer who started Cavaleiro Farm in 2015. The farm runs a 50 members CSA, rents out market garden space to other farmers and this season started Farmlife Academy to train new farmers. The goal of the farm is to reduce operational costs as much as possible... Read More →
avatar for Angie Koch

Angie Koch

Fertile Ground Farm
Presenter Bio: Since 2008, Angie has operated Fertile Ground Farm - a diversified market garden near Waterloo. Fertile Ground's primary market is a 325 member CSA, with some wholesale on the side. A couple of years ago, we added an online store to sell extra veggies and other local... Read More →
avatar for Amy Ouchterlony

Amy Ouchterlony

Fiddle Foot Farm
Since 2008, Amy has been developing an organic & biodynamic farm business with her partner, Graham Corbett. Fiddle Foot Farm is a mixed farm with a focus on 5.5 acres of vegetable production, located in Mulmur township, half an hour north of Orangeville. We sell through a 150 member... Read More →
avatar for Tamara McMullen

Tamara McMullen

Firmly Rooted Farm
Tamara runs Firmly Rooted farm, a 3.5 acre organic market garden with 5 large high tunnels, with her partner Brian Wiley. The pair have 20 years farming experience combined, and while they grow most things except sweet corn, potatoes, and brussel sprouts (to name a few), they are... Read More →


Tuesday November 30, 2021 11:30am - 1:00pm EST
Online over Zoom

1:00pm EST

Stretch Break
Time to take a break! Give your body and mind a chance to reflect and absorb some of the learning from the mornings sessions while you follow along with the videos below.

A huge thank you to The Farmer Yoga Teacher, Julie Bradley-Low, for sharing these specially curated videos for our farming audience.

Limbering up:
https://youtu.be/HjruerxGh0k
https://youtu.be/OKNDubp4JwA

Neck & Shoulders:
https://youtu.be/Z0IjLnnysDg


Hips & Low back:
https://youtu.be/irXLs0-HUbI



Tuesday November 30, 2021 1:00pm - 1:45pm EST
Online

1:00pm EST

Social Lunch
Join other EFAO conference participants on Wonder for a lunch break after the morning workshops. You’ll be able to continue conversations from the previous session, chat with sponsors and partners, and connect with EFAO staff and conference participants!

Tech reminders:
  • Please use Google Chrome (or Microsoft Edge) for Wonder- other browsers won't work
  • A laptop or desktop computer will work best; smartphones and tablets will NOT work
  • Make sure you exit Zoom to ensure your camera and microphone work in Wonder

Sponsors/Partners available in this session:

High Mowing Seeds
Yorkshire Valley Farms
Open Food Network
Wastenot Farms
Osborne Seeds
Acti-Sol
Pfennings
Fair Finance Fund
VeggieCropper
Cooperation Council of Ontario


Sponsors
avatar for Acti-Sol

Acti-Sol

Acti-Sol is a Canadian manufacturer and distributor of natural fertilizers. Our two lines of fertilizers are used extensively by organic grain, fruit and vegetable growers. By offering fertilizers approved for organic farming, Acti-Sol encourages farming practices that respect the... Read More →
avatar for Cooperation Council of Ontario

Cooperation Council of Ontario

The Cooperation Council of Ontario (CCO) is a leading organization in the economic, social and community development of Ontario. As agile as a startup, we are a social enterprise founded in 1964, which uses cooperation as a development model for Francophone and bilingual communities. We contribute to the developme... Read More →
avatar for Fair Finance Fund

Fair Finance Fund

The Fair Finance Fund’s mission is to mobilize equitable and accessible capital for Ontario's food and farm enterprises that create social, environmental and economic benefits.
avatar for High Mowing Seeds

High Mowing Seeds

High Mowing Organic Seeds is an independently owned, farm-based seed company offering over 600 varieties of 100% certified organic vegetable, flower, and herb seed. Our assortment has been extensively trialed and selected specifically for outstanding performance in organic growing... Read More →
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Open Food Network

Open Food Network Canada is an incorporated not-for-profit.  We work in a global consortium of sister organizations to develop open-source code and applications that enable sustainable and inclusive food and farming systems.  Our ‘flagship’ multi-lingual platform enables ethical... Read More →
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Osborne Quality Seeds

Osborne Quality Seeds is an independent family owned seed dealer located in the Skagit Valley of Washington State, specializing in innovative varieties and excellent customer service for over 35 years. Our selection includes vegetable, flower, herb, and cover crop seeds, including... Read More →
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Pfenning's Organic Vegetables

The Pfenning’s Organic Farm family has been growing ecologically in Ontario since 1981! Over the past 40 years the farm has grown to cultivate over 700 acres, growing upwards of 40 different crops (including cover crops).  What we don’t grow or isn’t available from our farm... Read More →
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VeggieCropper

VeggieCropper is intuitive and straightforward crop planning software because it was built and tested in the field by Evan and I. Check it out if you are looking for a better crop plan or to simplify and tie up loose ends. Helping out users like you get started is our favourite part... Read More →
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Wastenot Farms

Wastenot Farms, Ontario’s premier vermicomposting biorefinery, utilizes a workforce of one million red wiggler earthworms to transform food waste into living soil following Soil Food Web principles. Our regenerative soil amendment products retail under the Jocelyn’s Soil Booster... Read More →
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Yorkshire Valley Farms

On our network of family-run farms, chickens, turkeys, and egg-laying hens are raised to the highest organic standards. It’s how we’ve been doing things since the beginning, and how we intend to keep doing it for generations to come. We’re optimistic about the positive impact... Read More →


Tuesday November 30, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Online on Wonder

2:00pm EST

Anti-racism & Equity in Farming
Are you wondering how to be an effective ally to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of colour) and a good treaty person while immersed in the business of growing food / flowers / community? What are some ways you have successfully increased equity for your farm team members or supported this work in your community? What are some questions you have around advancing anti-racism and equity for those facing systemic barriers, in the farming sector or on your own farm or on a farm where you are a worker? 

Join Executive Director Ali English, and Equity and Organizational Change Manager Angel Beyde, for updates on EFAO’s Anti-Racism and Equity work over the past year. Then we invite you to share your questions, ideas and goals around this important work. How can the EFAO board and staff team support members in advancing equity work, through farmer-to-farmer knowledge sharing, training or other resources? What would you like to hear other farmers talk about? What kind of training would be helpful for you? This community conversation is a supportive, open-minded and solutions-oriented space with the goal of helping our farm businesses and communities thrive.

Our shared goals, questions, best practices and challenges will be used to shape a Farming for Justice webinar series that will take place over winter 2022.

Speakers
avatar for Ali English

Ali English

Executive Director, EFAO
Ali is EFAO's Executive Director. Ali guides EFAO’s work, ensures the organization’s financial sustainability and fosters relationships with organizations and stakeholders to support the interests and needs of ecological farmers. Ali holds a B.Sc. in Food Production and the Environment... Read More →
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Angel Beyde

Equity and Organizational Change Manager, EFAO
Angel is guiding EFAO’s work to increase its understanding and take action on anti-racism towards Black, Indigenous and other people of colour, and to better meet the needs of members and farmers who are currently underrepresented in the organization and systemically marginalized... Read More →


Tuesday November 30, 2021 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Online over Zoom

7:00pm EST

Keynote: Kristyn Leach
Kristyn runs Namu Farm in Central California, where she predominantly grows crops of the Asian diaspora. The farm’s focus is to adapt both East Asian subsistence farming practices and seed cultivars to the challenges of production farming in dry, hot conditions. The farm uses ecological farming practices such as reduced tillage and closed loop fertility management. Kristyn’s Second Generation Seeds line, a project with Kitazawa Seed Company, is devoted to helping Asian communities discover and deepen their cultural heritage through seeds, and some of the seeds she produces are also offered in collaboration with TrueLove Seeds. Namu Farm also works to incorporate community-led participatory research in their seed preservation and improvement practices, through farm and culinary education programs.

Speakers
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Kristyn Leach

Namu Farm
Kristyn runs Namu Farm in central California, where she grows predominantly crops of the Asian diaspora. The farm’s focus is to adapt East Asian subsistence farming practices and seed cultivars to the challenges of production farming in dry, hot conditions. The farm uses ecological farming practices... Read More →


Tuesday November 30, 2021 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST
Online over Zoom

8:30pm EST

Social Hour
Join other EFAO conference participants on Wonder for some social connection! Are you all fired up from watching the plenary session? Are you excited about something you learned today? Head over to Wonder - you’ll be able to continue conversations from the previous session, chat with sponsors and partners, and connect with EFAO staff and conference participants!

Tech reminders:
  • Please use Google Chrome (or Microsoft Edge) for Wonder- other browsers won't work
  • A laptop or desktop computer will work best; smartphones and tablets will NOT work
  • Make sure you exit Zoom to ensure your camera and microphone work in Wonder
Sponsors/Partners available in this session:

High Mowing Seeds
Osborne Seeds
Canadian Organic Growers

Sponsors
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Canadian Organic Growers

Canadian Organic Growers (COG) is Canada’s national organic farmer and consumer association and is a registered educational charity (130140494 RR0001). COG offers training and resources to raise awareness about organics and assist farmers and gardeners in adopting sustainable and... Read More →
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High Mowing Seeds

High Mowing Organic Seeds is an independently owned, farm-based seed company offering over 600 varieties of 100% certified organic vegetable, flower, and herb seed. Our assortment has been extensively trialed and selected specifically for outstanding performance in organic growing... Read More →
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Osborne Quality Seeds

Osborne Quality Seeds is an independent family owned seed dealer located in the Skagit Valley of Washington State, specializing in innovative varieties and excellent customer service for over 35 years. Our selection includes vegetable, flower, herb, and cover crop seeds, including... Read More →


Tuesday November 30, 2021 8:30pm - 9:30pm EST
Online on Wonder
 
Wednesday, December 1
 

9:30am EST

From Micro to Macro: Scaling up your microgreens operation
Five Microgreens growers discuss the ins and outs of growing microgreens on a variety of scales. From basement set-ups to snow covered greenhouses to Ontario’s largest vertical farm, this session will explore different ways to incorporate microgreens into your current systems that can help generate off-season income and tap into new markets. Participants will learn cost effective ways to enter the world of microgreens.


Speakers
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Peggy Baillie

Three Forks Farm
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Sunil Puri

Feel Free Farm
Sunil is a mixed race settler farmer of Punjabi and Jewish decent living and growing on the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. Sunil works part time as a field hand and operator at Manorun Organic Farm, and runs his own market... Read More →
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Jonah Krochmalnek

Living Earth Farm
My journey in agriculture started with a seed that was planted in my dad’s garden as a young kid. I was fascinated by how amazing a simple garden tomato could taste and how inaccessible that quality was to the average consumer.I studied finance at Ryerson University with a keen... Read More →
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Connor Desjardins

Jardin Farm
Established in 2015, Jardin Farm is a four season mixed vegetable operation selling through farmers market, home delivery and a 75 member CSA.    Co-farmers Connor Desjardins and Alyne Bosse grow four seasons on 2 acres with two passively heated greenhouses and one heated for winter... Read More →


Wednesday December 1, 2021 9:30am - 11:00am EST
Online over Zoom

9:30am EST

Innovations in Small Grains
We all know that small grain crops play an important role in crop rotation, and these panelists have been growing different types of grains in their farms and in different ways. We’ll hear about rye, wheat, barley and ancient grains, as well as the relay- and double- cropping with soybean research being done through the Living Lab–Ontario initiative.

Speakers
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Melisa Luymes

Headlands Ag-Enviro
I'm a sociologist & social butterfly! I work as a freelancer with a whole bunch of projects & orgs related to farming, soil health & water quality.
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Dr. Eric Page

Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
Dr. Eric Page is a Weed Ecologist & Crop Physiologist with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC), working out of the Harrow Research and Development Centre. He is currently involved with the federal Living Lab–Ontario initiative and has been working alongside Brett and Greg.
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Joe Wecker

Wecker Farms
Joe Wecker is a Prairie farmer that has just moved his family and farm to Merlin, ON. He is an organic grower, with experience in ancient grains that require less fertility. He has also worked with vermicomposting and seed inoculation.
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Brett Israel

3Gen Organics
Brett Israel is the 3rd generation of 3Gen Organics near Wallenstein, ON. The family grows wheat, rye and barley along with feed for their pigs and other cash crops. They sell pork, eggs and vegetables from their newly built farm store.
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Greg Vermeersch

VanMeer Farms
Greg Vermeersch runs VanMeer Farms near Tillsonburg. Farming at a large scale, soil health and innovation is critical to the farm – this year, Greg planted soybeans into winter barley in a ‘relay’ crop, and beside it planted soybeans after the barley was harvested.


Wednesday December 1, 2021 9:30am - 11:00am EST
Online over Zoom

11:00am EST

Social Break
Join other EFAO conference participants on Wonder for a 30 minute social break between sessions. You’ll be able to continue conversations from the previous session, chat with sponsors and partners, and connect with EFAO staff and conference participants!

Tech reminders:
  • Please use Google Chrome (or Microsoft Edge) for Wonder- other browsers won't work
  • A laptop or desktop computer will work best; smartphones and tablets will NOT work
  • Make sure you exit Zoom to ensure your camera and microphone work in Wonder


Wednesday December 1, 2021 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Online on Wonder

11:30am EST

Greenlander! Expanding the use of cover crops in organic vegetable production

Two experienced market gardeners discuss techniques for integrating more cover crops into vegetable crop rotations and techniques to maximize soil-building with green manures. Topics will include tillage reduction, shoulder season populations, crop mixes and management techniques. The session will include significant question and answer and audience participation, so bring your ideas and questions to share.




Speakers
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Reid Allaway

Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm
Reid Allaway has been farming organically with his wife and colleagues at Tourne-Sol co-operative farm since 2005 and has always been fascinated by green manures or cover crops. Over the years he has had the pleasure to experiment with a wide variety of cover crops and to try to dream... Read More →
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Jeff Boesch

Cedar Down Farm
Along with his partner Leslie and 3 seasonal co farmers, Jeff runs Cedar Down Farm, a nearly year round organic vegetable CSA for about 250 member families. Jeff and Leslie have been making their living growing certified organic vegetables since they met as interns in 2004. They are... Read More →


Wednesday December 1, 2021 11:30am - 1:00pm EST
Online over Zoom

11:30am EST

Stock Cropping: Unique Cropping and Livestock Arrangements
Stock Cropper is a new farming system that incorporates both crops and livestock in the field at the same time in a unique arrangement that leverages each off the other. The purpose of this system is to produce high quality animal and plant products to market directly to consumers who are interested in supporting farming practices that push the bar of sustainable and regenerative metrics.

Speakers
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Zack Smith

The Stock Cropper
Zack Smith is a 5th generation farmer from northern Iowa who has been testing and developing a new crop/livestock production system called Stock Cropping. This system utilizes multiple species of plants and animals working together in the field in unique arrangements including the... Read More →


Wednesday December 1, 2021 11:30am - 1:00pm EST
Online over Zoom

1:00pm EST

Social Lunch
Join other EFAO conference participants on Wonder for a lunch break after the morning workshops. You’ll be able to continue conversations from the previous session, chat with sponsors and partners, and connect with EFAO staff and conference participants!

Tech reminders:
  • Please use Google Chrome (or Microsoft Edge) for Wonder- other browsers won't work
  • A laptop or desktop computer will work best; smartphones and tablets will NOT work
  • Make sure you exit Zoom to ensure your camera and microphone work in Wonder
Sponsors/Partners available in this session:

Organic Council of Ontario
Chicken Farmers of Ontario
VeggieCropper
Ontario Soil Network
Multi-Shelter Solutions
Neudorff Canada
Pfennings
Wellington Produce Packaging
Ecocert
Cooperation Council of Ontario

Sponsors
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Chicken Farmers of Ontario

Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) represents more than 1,300 family run farms that collectively ensure Ontario consumers enjoy a reliable supply of safe, healthy, high quality, Ontario-grown chicken. The Ontario chicken industry is an important contributor to the economic health of... Read More →
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Cooperation Council of Ontario

The Cooperation Council of Ontario (CCO) is a leading organization in the economic, social and community development of Ontario. As agile as a startup, we are a social enterprise founded in 1964, which uses cooperation as a development model for Francophone and bilingual communities. We contribute to the developme... Read More →
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Ecocert

With over 25 years of experience certifying organic operators in Canada, Ecocert continues to expand its certification offerings beyond organic and further into the realm of sustainable practices and food safety. Ecocert offers a range of GFSI recognized Food Safety and Sustainable... Read More →
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Multi Shelter Solutions

Manufacturing & distributing economical shelters for all your growing, housing and storage requirements.With over 45 years of experience in greenhouse, shelter operations and construction, we can help you find creative solutions to your shelter requirements.Specializing in unique... Read More →
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Neudorff

Neudorff North America is the developer of innovative, effective and affordable plant protectionproducts that have little impact on applicators and the environment. Founded in 2001 as an expansion ofNeudorff GmbH of Emmerthal Germany, Neudorff North America has become a leader in... Read More →
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Ontario Soil Network

This network emboldens the innovative individual and gives them a shared experience to support their efforts in reaching the majority. By linking and supporting these individuals across the province under a common objective, they’re able to bring the resources of the whole organization... Read More →
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Organic Council of Ontario

The Organic Council of Ontario (OCO) is a non-profit membership-driven association that has been the voice for organics in Ontario since 2006. We are the only full value chain organic association operating at the provincial level. We represent over 1300 certified organic operators... Read More →
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Pfenning's Organic Vegetables

The Pfenning’s Organic Farm family has been growing ecologically in Ontario since 1981! Over the past 40 years the farm has grown to cultivate over 700 acres, growing upwards of 40 different crops (including cover crops).  What we don’t grow or isn’t available from our farm... Read More →
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VeggieCropper

VeggieCropper is intuitive and straightforward crop planning software because it was built and tested in the field by Evan and I. Check it out if you are looking for a better crop plan or to simplify and tie up loose ends. Helping out users like you get started is our favourite part... Read More →
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Wellington Produce Packaging

We help farms market produce in store, on the farm market, or from the roadside stand.WPP has been getting produce from farm to the table since 1934. We are Canada’s premier packaging choice for all types of produce, handling orders big and small. We manufacture and stock a dynamic... Read More →


Wednesday December 1, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Online on Wonder

2:00pm EST

Livestock on the Land
If you are not attending the Small Grains Buyers Meet n Greet or the Culturally Diverse Vegetables Community Conversation (open to BIPOC only), now is a perfect opportunity to watch the Practical Farmers of Iowa film Livestock on the Land in preparation for tonight's plenary discussion. You can read more about the film and access the full-length feature here.

Tonight's plenary event will include discussion around the documentary and the topic of regenerative grazing in Ontario. If you haven't had a chance to view the film yet, grab yourself some popcorn and give it a watch!

Wednesday December 1, 2021 2:00pm - 3:15pm EST
TBA

2:00pm EST

Culturally Diverse Vegetables
Please note that this Community Conversation is for Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) farmers and aspiring farmers.

Join moderator Stéphanie Wang from Le Rizen Farm and presenter Michaela Cruz from Healing Hands Farm for a discussion on growing culturally diverse vegetable crops. Participants will also hear about related research opportunities through EFAO’s Farmer-Led Research Program, and will be able to connect with other growers (and aspiring growers!) of culturally diverse vegetables.

The goal of this community chat is to amplify opportunities for BIPOC growers to gather and share among one another, an opportunity that can be lacking at farming conferences.

Do you have ideas for topics related to culturally diverse vegetable production that you would like to discuss during this (or future) sessions? Please fill out this form by 9am on Wednesday, December 1st.

 * Based on community consultation, EFAO is offering some educational spaces intentionally for community building and knowledge sharing among Black, Indigenous and other farmers of colour.*

Speakers
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Michaela Cruz

Healing Hands Farm
Michaela Cruz runs Healing Hands Farm with her partner Dan Fuller. They offer high quality organically grown vegetables, prioritizing a wide-range of Asian greens and culturally significant staples that are underserved in the locally grown vegetable market. They are currently in transition... Read More →
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Stéphanie Wang

Le Rizen
Stephanie was born in Montreal from Cantonese parents that grew up in Madagascar. Her mother was passionate about gardening, organic food and travels. After studying sociology of agriculture, working and woofing on organic farms, and working with farmers' organizations affiliated... Read More →


Wednesday December 1, 2021 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Online over Zoom

2:00pm EST

Grain Buyers Meet and Greet- Expanding Your Market
Are you growing wheat, spelt and other small grains such as oats, barley, rye or triticale - or interested in getting started? At the Grain Buyers Meet and Greet, you will have the opportunity to hear about and discuss how to maximize the economic benefits of being part of or entering the grains market! The session will begin with three buyers providing a brief presentation on their business, what products they are looking for and what they have to offer farmers. Following the presentations, buyers will be separated into breakout rooms. Attendees will then have the option to move between rooms and ask buyers their more specific questions. All types and scales of farmers are welcome. Don’t miss this chance to get your answers to your grain market questions straight from the source! Participating buyers coming soon.

This event, hosted in partnership with the Organic Council of Ontario, is being offered at EFAO's Annual Conference, and is also part of a series of monthly meet-ups through EFAO's Small Grains Network.



Wednesday December 1, 2021 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Online over Zoom

4:00pm EST

Stretch Break
Time to take a break! Give your body and mind a chance to reflect and absorb some of the learning from the mornings sessions while you follow along with the videos below.

A huge thank you to The Farmer Yoga Teacher, Julie Bradley-Low, for sharing these specially curated videos for our farming audience.

Limbering up:
https://youtu.be/HjruerxGh0k
https://youtu.be/OKNDubp4JwA

Neck & Shoulders:
https://youtu.be/Z0IjLnnysDg


Hips & Low back:
https://youtu.be/irXLs0-HUbI



Wednesday December 1, 2021 4:00pm - 4:45pm EST
Online

7:00pm EST

Documentary Discussion: Livestock on the Land & Regenerative Grazing in Ontario
Regenerative grazing practices hold incredible potential to produce healthy food, store carbon, and revitalize soil and communities. Panelists will discuss the Practical Farmers of Iowa documentary Livestock on the Land, and the potential for greater adoption and support of regenerative grazing as an ecological farming practice in Ontario.  

Note: Make sure you watch the PFI film Livestock on the Land in advance to get the most out of this discussion!

Moderators
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Crista Thor

EFAO
Crista Thor, along with her partner Mike and son Kjell, operate a farmstead east of Kingston, Ontario. In their first years, they operated a 100+ member vegetable CSA. In the past four years, they have been no till vegetable gardening, rotationally grazing cows, sheep and goats, chasing... Read More →

Speakers
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Meghan Filbert

Practical Farmers of Iowa
As PFI's livestock program manager, Meghan Filbert's expertise includes livestock integration into cropping systems, adaptive and holistic grazing, cover crop grazing, and meat marketing. Meghan is a beginning farmer in central Iowa where she uses goats and sheep to reclaim Iowa's... Read More →
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Bryan Gilvesy

Y U Ranch
Bryan is C.E.O. of ALUS Canada (alus.ca), a national community-led, farmer delivered charitable program that rewards farmers to produce more ecosystem services and develops market value for those services.He is also owner of the Y U Ranch (yuranch.com), a sustainable grass based ranching... Read More →
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Cory Van Groningen

VG Meats
I am an Accredited Professional with Holistic Management Canada and a Hub-verifier in Eastern Canada for the Canada Hub of the Savory Institute. Heidi and I raise beef and pastured poultry on their farm with the help of our 4 daughters, Brooke, Haley, Ruth and Skylar. Cory and Heidi... Read More →
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Kelsey Scott

DX Beef
Kelsey Scott is a family-focused individual (which includes her four legged family of horses, cattle, and dogs), a soil & plant “nerd,” and an avid youth advocate. Kelsey is honored to serve the Intertribal Agriculture Council as their Director of Programs. She received her Bachelor’s... Read More →


Wednesday December 1, 2021 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST
Online over Zoom

8:30pm EST

EFAO Trivia Night
Do you know how many languages are written from left to right? Which monarch officially made Valentine's Day a holiday in 1537? The most consumed manufactured drink in the world? If so, you probably DON’T want to join us for EFAO Trivia Night - a night of silly, fun questions that all relate to EFAO and ecological farming!

Pour yourself a beverage and join us online for some virtual shenanigans, brought to you by the EFAO Staff Team!

Wednesday December 1, 2021 8:30pm - 9:30pm EST
Online

8:30pm EST

Social Hour
Join other EFAO conference participants on Wonder for some social connection! Are you all fired up from watching the plenary session? Are you excited about something you learned today? Head over to Wonder - you’ll be able to continue conversations from the previous session, chat with sponsors and partners, and connect with EFAO staff and conference participants!

Tech reminders:
  • Please use Google Chrome (or Microsoft Edge) for Wonder- other browsers won't work
  • A laptop or desktop computer will work best; smartphones and tablets will NOT work
  • Make sure you exit Zoom to ensure your camera and microphone work in Wonder
Sponsors/Partners available in this session:

Heartwood Farms
Chicken Farmers of Ontario
Neudorff Canada
Yorkshire Valley Farms

Sponsors
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Chicken Farmers of Ontario

Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) represents more than 1,300 family run farms that collectively ensure Ontario consumers enjoy a reliable supply of safe, healthy, high quality, Ontario-grown chicken. The Ontario chicken industry is an important contributor to the economic health of... Read More →
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Heartwood Farm and Cidery

We are the humble and careful stewards of a 42-acre farm, where we raise cows, pigs, sheep, chickens and bees, and grow apples, maple trees, and other fruit and nut trees. We have chosen the practices of Regenerative Farming for our land in an effort to maintain the healthiest... Read More →
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Neudorff

Neudorff North America is the developer of innovative, effective and affordable plant protectionproducts that have little impact on applicators and the environment. Founded in 2001 as an expansion ofNeudorff GmbH of Emmerthal Germany, Neudorff North America has become a leader in... Read More →
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Yorkshire Valley Farms

On our network of family-run farms, chickens, turkeys, and egg-laying hens are raised to the highest organic standards. It’s how we’ve been doing things since the beginning, and how we intend to keep doing it for generations to come. We’re optimistic about the positive impact... Read More →


Wednesday December 1, 2021 8:30pm - 9:30pm EST
Online on Wonder
 
Thursday, December 2
 

9:30am EST

Increasing Profitability Through Value-added Products and Delivery
In the session "Increasing profitability through value-added products and delivery" Celeste and Simone will share their experience running The Conscious Kitchen, a farm-to-table prepared meal business. Recognizing that they (and many farmers) could not make a living farming alone, their value-added and direct-to-customer delivery model provides them solid margins, liveable wages, and a flexible work schedule, all this while sourcing local and organic produce, paying employees above a living wage, and operating a zero- waste reusable container program. No question is off limits when it comes to discussing how they are growing their business!

Speakers
avatar for Celeste Lopreiato

Celeste Lopreiato

The Conscious Kitchen
Celeste (she/her) got her first taste of small-scale farming at the University of Guelph campus, and after graduating she realized she couldn't make a living farming alone. She started her farm-to-table business The Conscious Kitchen one year later, sourcing produce from local farmers... Read More →
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Simone Weinstein

The Conscious Kitchen
Simone (they/she) made the leap from their classic 9-5 job when they joined Celeste at The Conscious Kitchen. They were working in sustainable food consulting for the previous four years and developed experience and a passion for holistic financial planning and sustainable business... Read More →


Thursday December 2, 2021 9:30am - 11:00am EST
Online over Zoom

9:30am EST

No-till Vegetable Farming: Large Scale, Mechanized Systems
No-till? No problem! Well, not always. Join three no-till growers who are passionate about experimentation and innovation in a riveting brainstorm that’s sure to get your creative juices flowing! Each panelist will share about their farm, their no-till strategies, and some of their no-till successes and wins. Then each panelist will share a sticky problem or challenge they're encountering in regard to no-till, and as a group, the panelists and moderator will work to brainstorm potential solutions to each farmer's challenge. Come learn about no-till strategies and even better, learn about the problem-solving process required to implement no-till in your specific context. This session will focus on no-till strategies for medium to large scale vegetable production, with an emphasis on mechanized solutions. Moderated by the one and only Farmer Jesse from the No-Till Market Garden Podcast!

Before the session, we suggest you learn more about Ken Laing's Living-Lab Ontario No-Till Trials through this video!

Speakers
avatar for Dan Oostenbrink

Dan Oostenbrink

Local Harvest
Dan and Helen Oostenbrink practice no-till, regenerative agriculture on a 25 acre parcel of land in the fertile Fraser Valley of BC. They grow a wide range of vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers and nuts and sell their produce in their on-farm market. They also run a composting facility... Read More →
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Jesse Frost

No-Till Market Garden Podcast
Jesse Frost is one-half of the farm team at Rough Draft Farmstead with his wife Hannah Crabtree in Central Kentucky. Jesse hosts The No-Till Market Garden Podcast and a video series on YouTube about no-till market gardening. His background is in cooking, off-grid farming, and journalism... Read More →
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Ken Laing

Orchard Hill Farm
Ken graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc in horticulture in 1979. He is farmingat Orchard Hill Farm near St.Thomas, Ontario with his wife Martha and daughter Ellen. He hasexperience growing a wide variety of horticultural and field crops organically for 3 decades.Orchard... Read More →
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Théo Germain-Trudeau

La Clef de Sol
Théo Germond-Trudeau is a young farmer based in Quebec. During his 3 years studying organic market gardening he became deeply passionate about cover crops and this path led him to the no-till movement that was exploding in France. After a 3 month internship and visits to Europe he... Read More →


Thursday December 2, 2021 9:30am - 11:00am EST
Online over Zoom

11:00am EST

Social Break
Join other EFAO conference participants on Wonder for a 30 minute social break between sessions. You’ll be able to continue conversations from the previous session, chat with sponsors and partners, and connect with EFAO staff and conference participants!

Tech reminders:
  • Please use Google Chrome (or Microsoft Edge) for Wonder- other browsers won't work
  • A laptop or desktop computer will work best; smartphones and tablets will NOT work
  • Make sure you exit Zoom to ensure your camera and microphone work in Wonder


Thursday December 2, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Online on Wonder

11:30am EST

No-till Vegetable Farming: Small-Scale Vegetable Farms
No-till? No problem! Well, not always. Join experienced no-till growers in a riveting brainstorm that’s sure to get your creative juices flowing! Each panelist will share about their farm, their no-till strategies, and some of their no-till successes and wins. Then each panelist will share a sticky problem or challenge they're encountering in regard to no-till, and as a group, the panelists and moderator will work to brainstorm potential solutions to each farmer's challenge. Come learn about no-till strategies and even better, learn about the problem-solving process required to implement no-till in your specific context. This session will focus on smaller scale no-till contexts such as market gardens. Moderated by the one and only Farmer Jesse from the No-Till Market Garden Podcast

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Spence

Ryan Spence

Field Good Farms
Ryan Spence has been living and farming in northeastern Ontario for 11 years. He owns and operates Field Good Farms / La ferme j'me champs bien. Field Good Farms is constantly evolving, but currently, alongside Isabelle, Ryan’s interests are increasing biodiversity, conservation... Read More →
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Jesse Frost

No-Till Market Garden Podcast
Jesse Frost is one-half of the farm team at Rough Draft Farmstead with his wife Hannah Crabtree in Central Kentucky. Jesse hosts The No-Till Market Garden Podcast and a video series on YouTube about no-till market gardening. His background is in cooking, off-grid farming, and journalism... Read More →
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Isabelle Spence Legault

Field Good Farms
Isabelle Spence-Legault is co-owner/operator of Field Good Farms/La ferme j’me champs bien, a small-scale organic vegetable farm in Northeastern Ontario where she has been farming for seven years alongside her partner Ryan Spence. Isabelle’s interest in farming started with an... Read More →
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Daniel Mays

Frith Farm
Daniel Mays runs Frith Farm in southern Maine, where he has been growing vegetables commercially using no-till methods since 2011. His Waldorf education and Quaker upbringing shape his relationship to land and community, and their influences can be seen in Frith Farm's commitment... Read More →
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Kristine Hammel

Persephone Market Garden
Kristine Hammel lives at the base of the Saugeen Peninsula, on the traditional land of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation. She farms with her husband and three children, growing vegetables and herbs, a small flock of sheep and various poultry, along with lots of nut trees. Her focus is on... Read More →


Thursday December 2, 2021 11:30am - 1:00pm EST
Online over Zoom

11:30am EST

Reduced Tillage in Organic Field Crop Production
Organic and no-till is the Holy Grail of agriculture, so how low (till) can you go? Join us for a panel with field croppers who are roller-crimping, mowing, disking, cover cropping… anything but plowing. Learn from failures and successes, along with provincial research on the topic.

This event is sponsored by the Organic Council of Ontario



Speakers
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Melisa Luymes

Headlands Ag-Enviro
I'm a sociologist & social butterfly! I work as a freelancer with a whole bunch of projects & orgs related to farming, soil health & water quality.
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Brett Israel

3Gen Organics
Brett Israel is the 3rd generation of 3Gen Organics near Wallenstein, ON. The family grows wheat, rye and barley along with feed for their pigs and other cash crops. They sell pork, eggs and vegetables from their newly built farm store.
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Jake Munroe

OMAFRA
Jake Munroe is a Soil Management Specialist for Field Crops with OMAFRA. He has a Master’s degree in Physical Geography and has expertise in soil fertility, soil microbiology and cover crop management. Jake led an on-farm project evaluating cover crop-based organic no-till soybeans... Read More →
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Aaron Bowman

Bowmanview Farms
Aaron Bowman is a farmer and seed dealer near Hampton, ON. With a MSc in Agronomy, he returned home to become the 5th generation on Bowmanview Farms. His family pastures and direct markets beef in an organic system that involves corn, soybeans, and small grains.


Thursday December 2, 2021 11:30am - 1:00pm EST
Online over Zoom

1:00pm EST

Stretch Break
Time to take a break! Give your body and mind a chance to reflect and absorb some of the learning from the mornings sessions while you follow along with the videos below.

A huge thank you to The Farmer Yoga Teacher, Julie Bradley-Low, for sharing these specially curated videos for our farming audience.

Limbering up:
https://youtu.be/HjruerxGh0k
https://youtu.be/OKNDubp4JwA

Neck & Shoulders:
https://youtu.be/Z0IjLnnysDg


Hips & Low back:
https://youtu.be/irXLs0-HUbI



Thursday December 2, 2021 1:00pm - 1:45pm EST
Online

1:00pm EST

Social Lunch
Join other EFAO conference participants on Wonder for a lunch break after the morning workshops. You’ll be able to continue conversations from the previous session, chat with sponsors and partners, and connect with EFAO staff and conference participants!

Tech reminders:
  • Please use Google Chrome (or Microsoft Edge) for Wonder- other browsers won't work
  • A laptop or desktop computer will work best; smartphones and tablets will NOT work
  • Make sure you exit Zoom to ensure your camera and microphone work in Wonder
Sponsors/Partners available in this session:

Organic Council of Ontario
Ontario Soil Network
Gintech Shade Solutions
Open Food Network
Wellington Produce Packaging
Regeneration Canada


Sponsors
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Gintec Shade Technologies

Gintec Shade Technologies is a company invested in bringing innovation and problem solving to all aspects of agriculture across North America. Gintec’s vast knowledge and experience in fabrics, plasticulture and geotextiles helps us recommend the best product for you. We are your... Read More →
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Ontario Soil Network

This network emboldens the innovative individual and gives them a shared experience to support their efforts in reaching the majority. By linking and supporting these individuals across the province under a common objective, they’re able to bring the resources of the whole organization... Read More →
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Open Food Network

Open Food Network Canada is an incorporated not-for-profit.  We work in a global consortium of sister organizations to develop open-source code and applications that enable sustainable and inclusive food and farming systems.  Our ‘flagship’ multi-lingual platform enables ethical... Read More →
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Organic Council of Ontario

The Organic Council of Ontario (OCO) is a non-profit membership-driven association that has been the voice for organics in Ontario since 2006. We are the only full value chain organic association operating at the provincial level. We represent over 1300 certified organic operators... Read More →
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Regeneration Canada

Regeneration Canada is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting soil regeneration in order to mitigate climate change, restore biodiversity, improve water cycles, and support a healthy food system.We strive towards this goal by creating spaces for farmers, landowners, scientists... Read More →
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Wellington Produce Packaging

We help farms market produce in store, on the farm market, or from the roadside stand.WPP has been getting produce from farm to the table since 1934. We are Canada’s premier packaging choice for all types of produce, handling orders big and small. We manufacture and stock a dynamic... Read More →


Thursday December 2, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Online on Wonder

2:00pm EST

Resilient Seed Systems: A Farmer and Seed Grower Consultation
As we look to build resilient food systems, more farmers are working to integrate seed production into their operations, the number of local seed companies is growing, and new networks of seed producers are emerging. Come to this community meeting to talk about how we can support each other in learning how to conserve, improve, and create new high quality Canadian seed. Join EFAO’s Seed Program Manager to discuss the challenges you are having in regards to this work, talk about the seed work you are currently undertaking, and share ideas of how to improve our seed work together.

Come help improve the EFAO Seed Program by letting us know what kinds of seed programming you’d like, in what form (webinars, field days, podcasts), and if you have any ideas for regional variety trials (eggplants, okra, peppers). Come also to learn about our upcoming region Seed Program Hub Site and let us know what you’d like to see demonstrated there (regional seeds, variety trials, seed grow outs)!

We encourage all former, existing, and prospective farmer-researchers who have been involved in the the Canadian Organic Vegetable Improvement Project (CANOVI), the Participatory Plant Breeding (PPB) program on oats, wheat and potato, or Vegetable Seed Producers Network (VSPN) to attend this meeting to discuss the challenges and opportunities of participating in these programs.

Thursday December 2, 2021 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Online over Zoom

2:00pm EST

Rotational Grazing Tools and Equipment to Save Time and Labour
Frequently moving livestock to fresh pastures is the foundation of intensively managed grazing systems. It's also arguably the most time-consuming and labour-intensive part of producing grass-fed meat! Join Tim Prior, an experienced rotational grazier at Grazing Meadows Wagyu and specialist in fence and grazing solutions at Brussels Agri Services, for a presentation and discussion on the latest (and greatest) tools and equipment to save time and labour in rotational grazing systems. Participants will also be sent a video demonstrating a variety of rotational grazing tools in advance of the session.


Speakers
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Tim Prior

Tim and his wife Donna own Brussels Agri Services Ltd - a leading fence supplier and installer in Ontario, and the largest independent distributor of Gallagher products in North America. Tim specializes in pasture management and rotational grazing solutions. Tim and Donna have also... Read More →


Thursday December 2, 2021 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Online over Zoom

7:00pm EST

Farmers for Climate Solutions - Farmer leadership in climate friendly practices
The EFAO is a founding member of Farmers for Climate Solutions, a coalition of Canadian farm organizations that advocates for better climate politics in agriculture. In the year and a half since its inception, FCS has grown to include 23 member organizations that together represent over 20,000 farmers and ranchers, and has achieved major changes in Canadian agricultural policy. Meet four farmers who have been deeply involved in the coalition, and hear how farmers from diverse backgrounds can come together to influence governments and spread climate-friendly practices across the country.

Speakers
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Arzeena Hamir

Arzeena Hamir earned her Bachelor’s degree in Crop Science from the University of Guelph and a Master’s in Sustainable Agriculture from the University of London, England. She worked as a CUSO volunteer in Thailand and as a researcher in Jamaica, India, and Bangladesh. She was... Read More →
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Karen Klassen

Manitoba Organic Alliance
Karen Klassen farms with her dad on their family farm in Manitou, southern Manitoba. She is also a nutrition scientist, experimental gardener and travel enthusiast, and has spent most of her adulthood living outside of Canada. She and her dad are transitioning their farm to regenerative... Read More →
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Stuart Oke

Rooted Oak Farm
Stuart Oke is a first-generation farmer who lives and works in North Augusta, Ontario. Alongside his partner Nikki, he runs Rooted Oak farm, a vegetable and cut flower farm. Together they grow and sell their farm products at farmers markets, through their summer and winter CSA programs... Read More →
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Brent Preston

The New Farm
Brent Preston and his wife Gillian Flies own and operate The New Farm, a certified organic vegetable operation near Creemore, Ontario. When they established the farm in 2007, Brent and Gillian grew a wide variety of vegetables that they sold in the Creemore Farmers’ Market, and... Read More →


Thursday December 2, 2021 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST
Online over Zoom

8:30pm EST

Social Hour
Join other EFAO conference participants on Wonder for some social connection! Are you all fired up from watching the plenary session? Are you excited about something you learned today? Head over to Wonder - you’ll be able to continue conversations from the previous session, chat with sponsors and partners, and connect with EFAO staff and conference participants!

Tech reminders:
  • Please use Google Chrome (or Microsoft Edge) for Wonder- other browsers won't work
  • A laptop or desktop computer will work best; smartphones and tablets will NOT work
  • Make sure you exit Zoom to ensure your camera and microphone work in Wonder
Sponsors/Partners available in this session:

NFU-Ontario
Ecocert
Local Food and Farm Co-ops
Canadian Organic Growers

Sponsors
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Canadian Organic Growers

Canadian Organic Growers (COG) is Canada’s national organic farmer and consumer association and is a registered educational charity (130140494 RR0001). COG offers training and resources to raise awareness about organics and assist farmers and gardeners in adopting sustainable and... Read More →
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Ecocert

With over 25 years of experience certifying organic operators in Canada, Ecocert continues to expand its certification offerings beyond organic and further into the realm of sustainable practices and food safety. Ecocert offers a range of GFSI recognized Food Safety and Sustainable... Read More →
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Local Food and Farms Coop

The Local Food and Farm Co-ops network (LFFC) is an incorporated not-for-profit co-operative that specializes in organizing and development support for food and farming co-ops in Ontario. We provide training, online and in-person capacity-building, mentorship and coordination of peer-to-peer support among our... Read More →
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National Farmers Union- Ontario

The National Farmers Union is Canada’s national farm organization committed to family farms. Promoting agroecology and food sovereignty for 50+ years, the NFU does not waver in our vision for farmers, eaters, and the earth, embedded in social and economic justice in Canada and internationally.The National... Read More →


Thursday December 2, 2021 8:30pm - 9:30pm EST
Online on Wonder
 
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