Special Features

You won’t want to miss these conference features!

Silent Auction

EFAO Members, sponsors, and other supporters have generously shared their talents, products, and specialty items for our Silent Auction. Proceeds will go towards supporting EFAO’s educational programs and services. The Silent Auction will open  at 6pm on Tuesday evening and close at 12:00pm on Thursday.  Cash, cheque, and credit card  payments will be accepted.

More information is available here.

Childcare/ Family Room

Childcare will be available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Please let us know if you are interested in child care by emailing katie@efao.ca.

More information is available here.

Carrot Cache $1000 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 to anyone you think has an innovation worth sharing.  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.

More information is available here.

Tuesday Winter Harvest Dinner

Tuesday 6:30pm

A seasonal organic dinner at the conference hotel and a chance to meet other conference goers and reconnect with old friends. Longtime EFAO member Val Steinmann from Heartwood Farm and Cidery will provide a keynote address to kick things off for the 5th annual EFAO Conference.

EFAO Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 11:30am


  1. Approve Agenda
  2. Approve Minutes from 2017 AGM
  3. President’s Address
  4. Presentation of Annual Report
  5. Presentation of Audited Financial Statements  (Appointment of Auditors for 2018)
  6. Adjourn

Trade Show Reception, Variety Tasting and Seed Swap

Trade Show Lobby, Wednesday 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Join us for a fun reception in the Trade Show before the Banquet Dinner.  You can walk through the trade show booths, bid on silent auction items, and chat with other conference goers, while tasting locally-bred and grown squash and potatoes.  You can also bring some seeds to swap!  There will be a cash bar featuring locally-crafted beer, wine and cider.

Wednesday Banquet Dinner and Daisy Award Ceremony

Wednesday 6:30pm

Enjoy an organic Banquet Dinner followed by the EFAO Member Recognition Ceremony and an evening of live music by Northland Rail Service!

For this year’s Daisy Award Ceremony 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 the awards and recognition handed out at this ceremony.  Are there people in your life who have offered help, inspiration, friendship, or education who you think should be thanked or acknowledged?  We want to hear about them!

You can submit your nominations to conference@efao.ca by November 14th.

Doors and bar open at 6:30pm.
Dinner served at 7:00pm.
Live music at 8:30pm!

More information about the Daisy Awards is available here.