Now’s your time to show-off! A $1,000 prize will be awarded 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 to anyone you think has an innovation worth sharing. Do you know someone who is too humble to nominate their own innovations? You can nominate a fellow farmer-innovator. We’d love to see any tried-and-tested innovations.
Ideas will be displayed at the conference and winners will be selected by conference attendees. Winner will be announced after lunch on Friday December 1.
Describe your or your nominee’s innovation and how it has been used for saving time, money or energy on an Ontario urban or rural organic farm. Farmers or nominators should submit a short description (2 paragraphs or less), at least one photo, and an estimated cost breakdown of the project. Information should be sent in a Word document titled “innovation prize_farm name” to firstname.lastname@example.org with innovation prize in the subject field.
Email submissions are due by Monday November 20, 2017. Conference attendees can alternately bring 2 copies of a 1 page printout to submit at registration on Thursday morning, November 30th, 2017.
2016 Innovation Prize Winner:
Heated Propagation Table,
Angie Koch from Fertile Ground CSA
Carrot Cache is a small foundation that funds co-operatives, local organic food initiatives and community food strategies in Ontario. Top ideas will be shared on www.carrotcache.com, Carrot Cache Facebook page and in the EFAO newsletter.
Important note: The Innovation Prize is not a bursary, and you do not need to attend the conference to enter. It’s a $1,000 cash prize from The Carrot Cache that will be awarded at the conference. It is meant for tried-and-tested innovations on any type of organic farm in Ontario.