Special Features

You won’t want to miss these conference special features!

Silent Auction

EFAO members, sponsors and other supporters have generously shared their talents, products and specialty items for our Silent Auction. All proceeds will go toward supporting EFAO’s educational programs and services. The Silent Auction will open at 6pm on Tuesday evening and close at 10:30am on Thursday.  Winners will be posted at the registration desk by 11:30am 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 40th Anniversary Dinner

Tuesday 6:00pm, Windows Ballroom

EFAO is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year! Join us as we mark this special occasion with delicious local food and drinks served reception style. We will screen EFAO Origins: Walking Each Other’s Farms, a short film celebrating EFAO’s beginnings and hear from keynote speaker, Katrina McQuail. The evening will finish with live music from local bluegrass trio The Buds.

Bar open and food service begins 6:00pm, Film and keynote 7:00pm, Live music 8:00pm


EFAO Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 11:30am, Windows Ballroom


  1. Approve Agenda
  2. Approve Minutes from 2018 AGM
  3. President’s Address
  4. Presentation of Annual Report
  5. Presentation of Audited Financial Statements (Appointment of Auditors for 2020)
  6. Adjourn

Trade Show Reception & Variety Tasting 

Wednesday 5:00-6:30pm, Park Ballroom

Join us for a reception in the Trade Show before the Banquet Dinner. You can visit Trade Show booths, bid on Silent Auction items, and chat with other conference goers, while tasting locally-bred and grown carrots and heritage grains. The reception is open to all conference participants. There will be a cash bar featuring locally-crafted beer, wine and cider.

Wednesday Banquet Dinner and Daisy Award Ceremony

Wednesday 6:30pm

Join us for our Annual Banquet Dinner celebration and Member Recognition Ceremony (‘The Daisy Awards’). Enjoy a seasonal, organic banquet dinner followed by an evening of entertainment. Note: Wednesday Banquet dinner is included in the Full Conference Pass.

EFAO Merchandise

Second Floor Foyer

New this year – EFAO merchandise is available for sale. Now we have another way to celebrate being a part of the EFAO community.

  • T-Shirts (4 different styles): $25
  • Hats (5 different styles): $25 to $35
  • Lanesigns: $20
  • Conference Artwork Prints: $18

Find EFAO merchandise across from the conference registration table. We accept cash, cheque, debit or credit cards. 

Farmers’ Corner

We’re hosting a Farmers’ Corner to capture on film the stories of what it means to be an ecological farmer and how the EFAO has supported your journey. We’d love to hear from you. Talk to any EFAO staff about how you can share your thoughts or stories.