All posts by: Naomi Krucker
2017 Conference Summary
The EFAO 2017 Conference was like a family gathering for me. I arrived with my partner and farmer mentor, walked into the main room which was actually glowing with people who had gathered from all over Ontario ready for a full meal. Many were hugging and sharing stories of the closing season, some looking like they […]
Speaker Highlight: Shawn & Beth Dougherty
Shawn and Beth Dougherty are proof that you can make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, and a sustainable one at that. In 1996, the Doughertys paid $11,000 for 24 acres of land in the upper Ohio Valley that was designated by the state as “not suitable for agriculture,” yet with equal parts […]
From Decomposition to Composition: Developing Dynamic Ways of Working with Farm-Scale Composting
Bruno Follador is an agrarian geographer and director of the Living Soils Initiative at The Nature Institute in Ghent, New York. His interest in composting practices grew out of his work on biodynamic farms in Brazil, the United States, and in Europe, where he learned to look at compost as the centre of the biological, […]
Artisanal Chicken Program: year one reflections with Fat of the Land Farm and Three Forks Farms
Summary by Erin Richan According to the grass and livestock farming Guru Joel Salatin, raising pastured broilers is probably the most golden agriculture opportunity for the foreseeable future. The Artisanal Chicken Program, announced in 2015, is directed at those farmers who are interested in growing between 600 and 3000 chickens annually for select target markets […]
Ecological Farmers Conference Tackles Critical Issues in Agriculture
KINGSTON – Wednesday November 30 to Friday December 2, ecological farmers and supporters will gather in Kingston around the theme of how to build resilient and sustainable farms in the face of climate change and other challenges. The 3rd Annual Ecological Farmers of Ontario Conference will, once again, bring together more than 250 people over […]
Carrot Cache $1,000 Innovation Prize!
Carrot Cache is, once again, offering a $1,000 prize for innovative, low cost solutions to planting, harvesting, and managing food grown on an Ontario urban or rural organic farm. Farmers can share proven, creative ways already in use on-farm to build financial and environmental sustainability. Feel free to send details about the Innovation Prize […]
Only 1 Week Left to Register for the Conference at Early-Bird Rates!
Ecological Farmers of Ontario Conference November 29- December 2, 2016 Four Points by Sheraton in Kingston, Ontario Register online or by calling the office at 1-877-822-8606. Spread the word: conference registration rates will increase on November 8, so be sure to register before then! You can also find the updated program packed with […]
Member Recognition Ceremony- Nominate a Peer!
For this year’s Member Recognition Ceremony (happening on Thursday, December 1 at the Banquet Dinner) we’re looking to the membership to nominate EFAO members who they feel should be recognized in some way, any way. Drawing inspiration from Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe’s Arthur Awards, we are looking to EFAO members to help design […]
New & Young Farmer Meeting & Mixer
Last year’s EFAO conference in London marked the first brainstorming session for an ontario-wide New & Young Farmers group. New & young farmers face unique challenges that come with the beginning stages of farming. Coming together as a group where we can share and learn from each other’s obstacles can be a great platform for overcoming these […]
Farmer-led Research Symposium & Workshop!
Do you have a specific question or challenge on your farm that on-farm research can help solve? Please join us for the Farmer-led Research Symposium & Workshop Tuesday, November 29 – Wednesday November 30 in conjunction with of Ecological Farmers of Ontario Conference in Kingston. Agenda Tuesday PM: Learn about the information generated this year by EFAO farmers in cooperation with the […]