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Something for the kids!

Thinking of attending the conference, but wondering what your kids will do? They probably don’t want to sit through conference sessions, but they’d love to spend some time in the childcare room! Paid childcare is available during the day Thursday and Friday, and includes lunch and time spent with qualified caregivers leading activities like… Mask-making […]

Determining Soil Nitrogen & Responding Accordingly

We all stress about having enough nitrogen in our soil to ensure maximum crop yields and profitability, but it can be difficult to determine how much nitrogen to apply from year to year. This is where Vern Grubinger comes in. As the University of Vermont’s Vegetable and Berry Specialist, Grubinger has carried out extensive research […]

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 […]

Nominate a Friend for a Daisy Award!

Know a farmer who’s outstanding in their field? Nominate them for a Daisy Award! Drawing inspiration from Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe’s Arthur Awards, we are looking to EFAO members to help design the awards and recognition handed out at this ceremony. The award can be for anything: a good deed, a helping hand, […]

Bursary Fund Helps Young Farmers Grow their Skills

Do you know a new, young, or aspiring farmer who’s eager to expand their knowledge and connect with other growers in the province? Thinking about what to do to thank your interns or employees for a great season? The EFAO Conference Bursary fund is set up for just this purpose – to allow individuals who […]

Conference Registration is now OPEN!

Early Bird Rates in effect until November 6th 4th Annual Ecological Farmers of Ontario Conference November 29-December 1, 2017 Blue Mountain Resort, Blue Mountains, ON Visit conference.efao.ca or call 1-877-822-8606 to register. Join over 300 ecological growers and supporters from across Ontario and beyond for an incredible three days packed full of practical farmer training, networking opportunities, and celebration. […]

Introducing the 2017 EFAO Conference Art!

2017 brings the 4th annual Ecological Farmers of Ontario Conference, and we see growers in our network continue to create and innovate their way to building a strong future for themselves and their peers. This year’s conference theme, Rebuilding Rural Economies From the Ground Up, hones in on the work that goes into forming and […]

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 […]