The 5th Annual Ecological Farmers of Ontario Conference is taking place from December 3rd to 6th, 2018 in London, Ontario. Regeneration: Seeds, Soil and Community Connection promises to be the most far-reaching conference yet, as we join forces with the 4th biennial Eastern Canadian Organic Seed Growers Network (ECOSGN) Conference.
Once again, the conference will bring together ecological farmers (and supporters) from across the province to share ideas, learn from experts and from each other, and of course, celebrate with good food and friends. The vision for this conference aligns with the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario’s (EFAO) mandate “to support and promote a vibrant community of ecological farmers through education, training, farmer-led research and knowledge sharing.”
We expect more than 300 attendees and will be offering over 30 intermediate to advanced level workshops on horticulture, livestock, field crops, seed saving, soil health, and more. The two main conference days are complemented by Monday’s Farmer-Led Research Symposium and Tuesday’s full day Intensive Workshops. Other conference highlights include farm tours, the Wednesday Banquet Dinner featuring the “Daisy Awards”, morning yoga, onsite childcare, and a two-day Trade Show.
What participants are saying about the Ecological Farmers of Ontario Conference:
“Last year’s conference delivered on what it promised: an inspiring and educational ecological growers’ conference right here in Ontario. I walked away with new ideas, new friends, and new perspectives on ecological agriculture. Can’t wait to be inspired again!”
“[I liked] the producer-focused, farmer-focused nature of the event as a whole and the exceptionally high quality of the presentations.”
“We are just starting out. It was a wonderful experience to be with folks who were so encouraging and supportive. How amazing to discover such a large community of people with shared values. We delighted in the experience, learned much, made great connections with new friends and mentors…and can hardly wait until next year’s conference!!”
“Thank you!! This was a fun, well organized event and we are grateful for all of the effort your team has put into making this possible.”
“It was my first time at an EFAO conference and it will not be my last. It was truly rewarding.”
“This conference was very uplifting. Took away so much. Loved seeing the passion everyone brought to agriculture.”
“What you and your team should hang your hat on is the meals and food. As a farmer and someone who has built my reputation on doing authentic events, EFAO and the team that put it together should be very proud of the food component for the conference.”