Community Meetings

New & Young Farmer Meeting and Mixer
Wednesday, 7:30pm

The EFAO would like to continue to grow the New & Young Farmers group. In order to encourage new members we are excited to be hosting a meeting followed by a mixer as part of the 2016 Conference in Kingston. Feel free to join us if you identify as either new to farming, or as a young farmer. The meeting will focus on the topics discussed at the various New & Young Farmer gatherings that took place over the 2016 growing season, and ideas/events for the 2017 season. Following the meeting there will be a mixer at the Kingston Brew Pub to have a better chance to get to know and welcome group members!

 

Grow Ontario Organic: Ontario Organic Sector-Wide Assessment Focus Group
Thursday, 8:30am-10:00am

The Organic Council of Ontario (OCO) needs your input! Ontario boasts over $1 billion in sales of organic foods and yet only 2% of all agriculture in the province is organic. Why is the organic sector in Ontario growing so slowly in relation to demand?  How can government and the industry help Ontario businesses capture this growth opportunity?
Join OCO’s Carolyn Young to discuss the initial findings from over 40 interviews with sector stakeholders, and explore the option of an organic check-off as a sustainable funding strategy for Ontario’s organic sector.

 

Vegetable Seed Producers Network: Producing High Quality Vegetable Seed at a Farm Scale
Friday, 12:00pm – 1:15pm

The Vegetable Seed Producer Network (VSPN) is a group of 55 growers across Ontario working collaboratively to learn how to grow-out farm-scale quantities of vegetable seed from open-pollinated varieties that perform well on market gardens. Come to this advisory meeting to learn about the network and share ideas on how to improve seed production on your farm with Bob Wildfong from Seeds of Diversity and Jodi Lew-Smith from High Mowing Organic Seeds.

 

Opportunities to Support Ecological Farming Practices in the Greenbelt and Beyond
Friday, 12:00pm – 1:15pm

Ecological farming practices can provide many social, environmental and economic benefits. This workshop will explore ways to fill gaps and add value to existing government programs that support farmers to adopt and evaluate the benefits of ecological farming practices. The discussion will explore barriers and opportunities across the food value chain.

 

EFAO East Region Committee Meeting
Friday, 12:00pm – 1:15pm

Are you keen to meet other Eastern Ontario EFAO members and help to develop EFAO member-run programs in the east?  Consider joining the new EFAO East Region CommitteeMembers of regional committees typically plan Kitchen Table Meetings, Member-Organized Farm Tours, and provide valuable input on other areas of EFAO programming, including workshops and the annual Conference.  For more information, email Ayla Fention at ayla@efao.ca.

 

 

Interested in hosting a meeting at the conference?  Contact Naomi Krucker at naomi@efao.ca for more information about how to make this possible.