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Saturday, November 12
 

9:30am EST

10:00am EST

Welcome to the 2022 EFAO Conference Southwestern Regional Gathering!
Speakers
avatar for Sunil Puri

Sunil Puri

Farmer, Feel Free Farm
Sunil is a mixed race settler farmer of Punjabi and Jewish decent living and growing on the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. Sunil works part time as a field hand and operator at Manorun Organic Farm, and runs his own market... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2022 10:00am - 10:45am EST
Southwestern Regional Gathering

10:45am EST

Regrowth on our Farms and in our Communities
In this session you'll hear from a panel of inspiring farmers, as they share key insights into adapting their farm business to some of the challenges of the past few years. From market gardens to livestock operations, learn about the practices, ideas and opportunities that are supporting growth and resilience on their farms and in their communities.

Moderators
avatar for Judith

Judith "Zhiizhii" Prince

Judith Prince is the founder and director of the Ubuntu Community Collective, a grassroots group focused on serving the wellness needs of women and children of the African diaspora, and the main farmer for the emerging Ubuntu Community Farm. UCF is an urban vegetable and herb farm... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amy Kitchen

Amy Kitchen

Amy Kitchen owns and operates Sideroad Farm in Grey County with her partner Pat. She started farming in 2009 on a small leased plot in BC and in 2013 relocated to ON with Pat. Together, with a small team, they grow vegetables, cut flowers, chickens and pigs with a focus on selling... Read More →
avatar for Jessey Njau

Jessey Njau

Zawadi Farm
Technology enthusiast turned land steward, Jessey is the lead farmer at Zawadi Farm and founder of Zawadi Connections. Jessey is Kenyan-born and is on a mission to build meaningful connections to our source of food, building resilient local economies to last generations.
avatar for Brenda Hsueh

Brenda Hsueh

Black Sheep Farm
Brenda Hsueh is a Chinese Canadian woman farmer, who has been farming Black Sheep Farm in Grey County since 2009. She first came to farming single, and jaded from years of working a desk job in Toronto. Now she farms with her partner Skyler, and their daughter Emma, often tired and... Read More →
avatar for Chris Devries

Chris Devries

Common Ground Farm
Chris farms about 18 acres of vegetables near St.Thomas and is finishing his 9th season. The farm sells primarily to a local CSA (about 350 members) and farmer's markets in London and Kitchener. The farm is certified organic and uses season extension, a small greenhouse and coolers... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2022 10:45am - 12:30pm EST
Southwestern Regional Gathering

12:30pm EST

Seed Swap
The tradition and art of saving, stewarding, and sharing seed lives on during our Seed Swap. The magic and diversity of seed is waiting for you to share, discover, and take home to steward. Let's share stories and seeds together!

How it Works: A seed swap works best if you bring seeds to share, but neither seeds nor experience are required to participate. We encourage you to bring seeds saved or produced in our region, but any seed you’d like to share is welcome. Bring what you can and take some home to try. We’ll have some small envelopes available so we can document the names, dates, and stories exchanged.

Saturday November 12, 2022 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Southwestern Regional Gathering

12:30pm EST

Lunch
Enjoy a local and organic meal featuring EFAO member produce and meats prepared by some of the finest chefs in the region!

Saturday November 12, 2022 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Southwestern Regional Gathering

1:30pm EST

Butchering Demonstration
Learn how to maximize your profits by increasing the quality of cuts from your animal. Chef Sebastian Palka and Jamie Waldron will cut from a whole carcass while a lively discussion takes place about how to ask more from your butchers and ensure you are getting what you want from your meat! Participants can also expect to walk away with a better idea of how to communicate with customers about the different cuts of meat and best cooking methods for each.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Waldron

Jamie Waldron

Butcher, Jamie Waldron Butchers
I am a whole animal butcher. My approach is to utilize the WHOLE animal to the best of my abilities.I was born in Windsor, Ontario, and raised in the small rural town of Harrow. I started my career in a small country butcher shop as a teenager. Since then, I’ve dedicated 20+ years... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2022 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST
Southwestern Regional Gathering

1:30pm EST

Equipment Demonstration
Ryan Thiessan of Thiessan Tillage will be doing in-field demonstrations of his tractor mounted implements as well as walk-behind equipment. Ryan will highlight a variety of equipment suitable for gardens 1 acre to 50 acres in size. Thiessan Tillage provides customized weed control equipment for vegetable operations, nurseries, vineyards, orchards, hop yards and hemp.

Speakers

Saturday November 12, 2022 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST
Southwestern Regional Gathering

2:30pm EST

Seed Swap
Let's share stories and seeds together! 

Saturday November 12, 2022 2:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Southwestern Regional Gathering

2:30pm EST

Break
Saturday November 12, 2022 2:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Southwestern Regional Gathering

3:00pm EST

Farmer Led Research in Southwestern Ontario
A lively panel discussion and Q&A on EFAO's new and ongoing research initiatives. Rav Singh from Shade of Miti will discuss her experience selecting okra varieties as part of a multi-farm trial in cooperation EFAO's Farmer-Led Research Program, Ken Laing from Orchard Hill Farm will share information and updates from his Living Lab-Ontario no-till vegetable trials, and Angie Koch and Nikola Barsoum will talk about EFAO's new seed demonstration gardens, which they are managing in partnership with Seeds of Diversity.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Laing

Ken Laing

Orchard Hill Farm
Ken graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc in horticulture in 1979. He is farmingat Orchard Hill Farm near St.Thomas, Ontario with his wife Martha and daughter Ellen. He hasexperience growing a wide variety of horticultural and field crops organically for 3 decades.Orchard... Read More →
avatar for Angie Koch

Angie Koch

Fertile Ground Farm
Since 2008, Angie has operated Fertile Ground Farm - a diversified market garden near Waterloo. Fertile Ground's primary market is a 350 member CSA, with some wholesale on the side. Other enterprises include spring seedling sales and pastured layers.
avatar for Rav Singh

Rav Singh

Rav is a new and young farmer from Mississauga. She runs Shade of Miti, a small-scale farm in Caledon where she focuses on climate action. Rav specializes in growing South Asian vegetables, such as okra and bitter melon.


Saturday November 12, 2022 3:00pm - 4:15pm EST
Southwestern Regional Gathering

4:30pm EST

Building Farmer and Chef Relationships
This discussion will explore the selling relationship between farmers and wholesale buyers such as distributors, restaurants and grocers. Come prepared to share your experiences! We want to hear about your successes and challenges selling or buying direct from farm to restaurant/retail. Share ideas, and hear from farmers and buyers that have successfully maintained these relationships. This discussion will be a moderated to keep the conversation positive and focused. Topics to consider: consistency of product, fitting menus to seasonal products, specialty varieties, weekly ordering systems.

Moderators
avatar for Chris Krucker

Chris Krucker

Manorun Organic Farm
Chris Krucker and his partner Denise own ManoRun Organic Farm in Hamilton. With their 4 children they have been growing vegetables and meats organically for 25 years. As part of helping to develop local food in Hamilton he was a founding member of the Dundas Farmer’s Market, the... Read More →

Saturday November 12, 2022 4:30pm - 5:30pm EST
Southwestern Regional Gathering

4:30pm EST

Tractor Operating 101
Planning to scale up your farm or market garden and begin using larger equipment? This
session is for you! Heavy equipment is the leading cause of injury on farms. It's important to know what you're doing before you hop on a tractor. Brian Tammi will from NFU Local 351 set you up for safety and success with a walk through of basic operation, safety, maintenance, and implements, with the goal of helping you transition from hand hoes to mechanical crop cultivation.
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Speakers
avatar for Brian Tammi

Brian Tammi

Humble Bee
Brian Tammi is a first generation farmer from Hamilton, ON. He spent the last 15 years working in agriculture and focuses on soil health and organic production of fruit and vegetable crops. He entered agriculture as a seasonal labourer and soon committed to a career in farming. After... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2022 4:30pm - 5:30pm EST
Southwestern Regional Gathering

4:30pm EST

FLRP Coffee Break
Caffeinate your curiosity about research with EFAO's research staff and continue conversations ignited during the research panel!

Saturday November 12, 2022 4:30pm - 5:30pm EST
Southwestern Regional Gathering

4:30pm EST

Game Changing Investments
What tools or investments have had the biggest impact on your farm? Come ready to share the top 2 or 3 pieces of equipment/tools/lifestyle changes that “changed the game” on your farm. This participatory discussion will help highlight some of the necessary (and unnecessary) investments for those looking to scale- up or just create a more efficient work environment.

Moderators
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David Alexander

David Alexander has worked at Everdale since 2010 as the Farm ProgramsCoordinator. As with any small charitable organization, David has worn many hats over the years. One of his main tasks has been coordinating Everdale’s Harvest Share program, feeding hundreds of families fresh... Read More →

Saturday November 12, 2022 4:30pm - 5:30pm EST
Southwestern Regional Gathering

5:30pm EST

Carrot Variety Tasting: Back to the Roots of Flavour
Floral. Sweet. Crispy. Carroty. Discerning eaters know that carrots don’t all taste alike. Carrot flavour can vary dramatically from one variety to the next and under varying environmental conditions. If you carrot all about locally-adapted varieties, or even if you just love carrots, you'll want to participate in this variety tasting! This year, 42 farms participated in nationwide Canadian Organic Vegetable Improvement (CANOVI) program carrot variety trials. These trials compare a carrot variety bred by (and for) Canadian organic farmers with varieties currently available in seed catalogues. Help farmer-breeders find carrot varieties with just the right colour, crunch, and flavour by letting us know which varieties taste best to you.

Saturday November 12, 2022 5:30pm - 6:30pm EST
Southwestern Regional Gathering

6:30pm EST

Seed Swap
Let's share stories and seeds together!

Saturday November 12, 2022 6:30pm - 7:30pm EST
Southwestern Regional Gathering

6:30pm EST

Dinner
Enjoy a local and organic meal featuring EFAO members produce and meats prepared by some of the finest chefs in the region!

Saturday November 12, 2022 6:30pm - 7:30pm EST
Southwestern Regional Gathering

7:30pm EST

Erin CommonGround: Tending the Soil of Community for Landscape-Wide Regeneration
When a small group of ecological farmers and concerned citizens in Erin got together to address climate change at the grassroots level, the links to soil health became the central focus. Five years later, the lessons from diverse farmer-to-farmer knowledge-sharing, citizen scientist involvement and local soil monitoring have generated a new level of community engagement inspired by the question "What would soil do?" As one of the founding farmers, Val will share stories and insights gleaned over 5 years with the hope that a CommonGround approach might inspire other rural neighbourhoods.

Speakers
avatar for Val Steinmann

Val Steinmann

Heartwood Farm & Cidery
Val Steinmann co-runs Heartwood Farm & Cidery near Erin, ON, tending livestock, managing fields and forests and sharing the story of regenerative farming with visitors. Val is passionate about the connections between ecological farming, community building and cultural transformation... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2022 7:30pm - 7:45pm EST
Southwestern Regional Gathering

7:30pm EST

Music and Dancing
Celebrate in true EFAO style with a contra band and caller! Nodding Onion is Tara Bolker (caller) and Ben Bolker (fiddle, bodhran) with their friends Jonathan Cannon (fiddle, mandolin, guitar) and D.Jay Moons (keyboard). They have been providing fun, accessible contra and community dancing with high-energy Irish, Scottish, American, and Quebecois tunes for more than 20 years.

Saturday November 12, 2022 7:30pm - 9:00pm EST
Southwestern Regional Gathering
 
Saturday, November 26
 

9:30am EST

Seed Swap & Variety Share
The tradition and art of saving, stewarding, and sharing seed lives on during our Seed Swap & Variety Share. The magic and diversity of seed is waiting for you to share, discover, and take home to steward! Come share stories and seeds together!

How it Works: Bring seeds to share, but neither seeds nor experience are required to participate! We encourage you to bring seeds saved or produced in our region, but any seed you’d like to share is welcome! We’ll have some small envelopes available so we can document the names, dates, and stories exchanged. No seeds? No problem! Share the name of your standout seed varieties from this past season, why you would recommend them to other growers, and where you bought/obtained them on our Variety Sharing wall.

Saturday November 26, 2022 9:30am - 10:00am EST
Northeastern Regional Gathering

9:30am EST

Exhibitor Showcase
Saturday November 26, 2022 9:30am - 10:00am EST
Northeastern Regional Gathering

9:30am EST

10:00am EST

Welcome to the 2022 EFAO Conference Northeastern Regional Gathering!
Welcome to the 2022 EFAO Conference Northeastern Regional Gathering!

Speakers
avatar for Annette Peltier-Flamand

Annette Peltier-Flamand

Annette is on the EFAO Board of Directors and is from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory in northern Ontario. She is the Agricultural Resources Management Coordinator for Wiikwemkoong and is responsible for a gardening program, backyard chicken program, food preservation education, band... Read More →


Saturday November 26, 2022 10:00am - 10:05am EST
Northeastern Regional Gathering

10:05am EST

Revitalizing land and community through agriculture and land-based skills:
Hear about inspiring initiatives working to build community, regenerate the land and engage youth in communities across the northeast:
  • The Nimkii Youth Collective is working to revitalize the land at Nimkii Aazhibikoong and engage youth in learning traditional land-based skills.
  • The Wiikwemkoong Agricultural Resources Management Program is building agricultural skills and increasing food sovereignty through a number of initiatives, including a large vegetable garden, a backyard chicken program, and now a cattle herd for the community.
  • Manidoo Bineshii Dreams (MBD) is an Indigenous-owned creative collective & edible forest space in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, Ontario. Prioritizing land & water preservation with off-grid methods & sustainable development.

Moderators
avatar for Fionna Tough

Fionna Tough

Fionna Tough is a Settler person, born and raised in Sudbury/N’Swakamok. She is a graduate of Fleming College’s Sustainable Agriculture Program and has been growing food and educating others to do the same for the better part of the last eight years, whether on other local farms... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Manidoo Bineshiihn

Manidoo Bineshiihn

Manidoo Bineshii Dreams
Manidoo Bineshiihn in the originator of Manidoo Bineshii Dreams - an Indigenous-owned creative collective & edible forest space in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, Ontario.
avatar for Quinn Meawasige

Quinn Meawasige

Quinn Meawasige is 28 years old and is Ojibwe from Serpent River First Nation. His community is located along the North Shore of Lake Huron and is a signatory of the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850. Quinn graduated from Algoma University with a Bachelor of Arts in Community Economic... Read More →
avatar for Taryn Bobiwash

Taryn Bobiwash

Taryn Bobiwash is an Odawa and Ojibwe member of the turtle clan from Serpent River First Nation. She is an amateur hide tanner, full spectrum doula, Indigenous breastfeeding councillor, multi disciplinary visual artist, and graduate of Algoma University with a BA in Anishinaabemowin... Read More →
avatar for Annette Peltier-Flamand

Annette Peltier-Flamand

Annette is on the EFAO Board of Directors and is from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory in northern Ontario. She is the Agricultural Resources Management Coordinator for Wiikwemkoong and is responsible for a gardening program, backyard chicken program, food preservation education, band... Read More →


Saturday November 26, 2022 10:05am - 11:00am EST
Northeastern Regional Gathering

11:00am EST

Farmer-led Research in the North
Farmer-led research is a process of inquiry that uses the scientific method to address on-farm curiosities and challenges. It is a flexible and powerful tool that can be integral to improving operations, including the ability to compare the environmental and economic impacts of on-farm innovations. Hear from farmer researchers in the north about their trials, results, and what research has meant for them and their farms.
Ken Laing will also share about the work he has been doing at Orchard Hill Farm to compare different winter-killed and rolled cover crops and mulching systems to reduce tillage and maintain continuous cover for organic vegetable crops

Moderators
avatar for Isabelle Spence-Legault

Isabelle Spence-Legault

Isabelle Spence-Legault has been working with her partner Ryan to run Field Good Farms/La ferme j’me champs bien for the past eight years. Field Good Farms is a bio-intensive 5-acre vegetable operation in Cache Bay, where they sell produce through a CSA, as well as online marketing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ken Laing

Ken Laing

Orchard Hill Farm
Ken graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc in horticulture in 1979. He is farmingat Orchard Hill Farm near St.Thomas, Ontario with his wife Martha and daughter Ellen. He hasexperience growing a wide variety of horticultural and field crops organically for 3 decades.Orchard... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Spence

Ryan Spence

Ryan Spence has been living and farming in northeastern Ontario for 12 years. He owns and operates Field Good Farms / La ferme j'me champs bien - a bio-intensive 5-acre vegetable operation in Cache Bay along with his wife, Isabelle. Field Good Farms is constantly evolving, but currently... Read More →
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Guy Porlier

Bex and Guy Porlier operate The Colour Farm in Callander, where they work together to bring fresh, seasonal flowers, herbs, dyes and honey to their community.
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Evalisa McIllfaterick

Evalisa owns and operates Root Cellar Gardens - a small-scale, off-grid, market garden located in South Gillies, 50km southwest of Thunder Bay Ontario. She grows a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers as well as growing out and saving regionally adapted seeds for replanting... Read More →


Saturday November 26, 2022 11:00am - 12:30pm EST
Northeastern Regional Gathering

12:30pm EST

Seed Swap & Variety Share
The tradition and art of saving, stewarding, and sharing seed lives on during our Seed Swap. The magic and diversity of seed is waiting for you to share, discover, and take home to steward. Let's share stories and seeds together!

How it Works: A seed swap works best if you bring seeds to share, but neither seeds nor experience are required to participate. We encourage you to bring seeds saved or produced in our region, but any seed you’d like to share is welcome. Bring what you can and take some home to try. We’ll have some small envelopes available so we can document the names, dates, and stories exchanged.

Saturday November 26, 2022 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Northeastern Regional Gathering

12:30pm EST

Exhibitor Showcase
Saturday November 26, 2022 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Northeastern Regional Gathering

12:30pm EST

Lunch
A locally sourced, seasonal meal!

Saturday November 26, 2022 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Northeastern Regional Gathering

1:30pm EST

Demystifying Your Soil Test Results
Soil health is top-of-mind for ecological farmers, and soil testing can be an important tool to help assess and improve soil health on your farm. But how do you use those results to decide what actions to take, and what amendments to add? Join seasoned farmer and soil health expert Ken Laing, who will explain how to interpret test results, how to decide which amendments to use and how much to apply.

Ryan Spence, a local ecological farmer of 11 years, will add to the session by providing information on sourcing amendments in the Northeast.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Laing

Ken Laing

Orchard Hill Farm
Ken graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc in horticulture in 1979. He is farmingat Orchard Hill Farm near St.Thomas, Ontario with his wife Martha and daughter Ellen. He hasexperience growing a wide variety of horticultural and field crops organically for 3 decades.Orchard... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Spence

Ryan Spence

Ryan Spence has been living and farming in northeastern Ontario for 12 years. He owns and operates Field Good Farms / La ferme j'me champs bien - a bio-intensive 5-acre vegetable operation in Cache Bay along with his wife, Isabelle. Field Good Farms is constantly evolving, but currently... Read More →


Saturday November 26, 2022 1:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Northeastern Regional Gathering

3:30pm EST

Farm Game Changers
Hear from a panel of veteran farmers about the “game changers” that have made the biggest impact on their farms over the years.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Blondin

Eric Blondin

Three Forks Farms
Eric Blondin and Peggy Baillie operate Three Forks Farm - a certified organic farm in Ice Lake, Manitoulin Island - where they produce mixed vegetables, chicken and garden seeds.
avatar for Dave Lewington

Dave Lewington

Dave Lewington operates Dalew Farms, along with his wife, Chantal, and their three children. This year marks their 18th season, and they are currently offering grass-fed, grass-finished beef & pasture-raised pork. All livestock and crops are raised using sustainable/regenerative agriculture... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Spence

Ryan Spence

Ryan Spence has been living and farming in northeastern Ontario for 12 years. He owns and operates Field Good Farms / La ferme j'me champs bien - a bio-intensive 5-acre vegetable operation in Cache Bay along with his wife, Isabelle. Field Good Farms is constantly evolving, but currently... Read More →


Saturday November 26, 2022 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST
Northeastern Regional Gathering

5:00pm EST

Seed Swap & Variety Share
Come share stories and seeds together!

Saturday November 26, 2022 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Northeastern Regional Gathering

5:00pm EST

Exhibitor Showcase
Saturday November 26, 2022 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Northeastern Regional Gathering

5:00pm EST

Cash Bar
Saturday November 26, 2022 5:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Northeastern Regional Gathering

6:00pm EST

Dinner
A locally sourced, seasonal meal!

Saturday November 26, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Northeastern Regional Gathering

7:00pm EST

Square dance/Ceilidh with Sudbury Folk Trad
Kick up your heels with award-winning musicians Paul & Melika Lemelin and contra dance caller Lou Hayden. No dance experience needed! Learn simple and fun dances originating in England, Scotland & French Canada.

Saturday November 26, 2022 7:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Northeastern Regional Gathering
 
Sunday, November 27
 

9:45am EST

Arrival and Registration
Please aim to arrive at 9:45am so that you can register and get settled before the day officially begins.

Sunday November 27, 2022 9:45am - 10:15am EST
Eastern Regional Gathering

10:15am EST

Welcome and Meet Your Neighbours!
Welcome to the 2022 EFAO Conference Eastern Regional Gathering! Ali English will provide a welcome and orientation to the venue and the day, and you will have the opportunity to meet some of your neighbours in the Eastern region of Ontario.

Speakers
avatar for Ali English

Ali English

Executive Director, Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario
Ali is EFAO's Executive Director. Ali guides EFAO’s work, ensures the organization’s financial sustainability and fosters relationships with organizations and stakeholders to support the interests and needs of ecological farmers. Ali holds a B.Sc. in Food Production and the Environment... Read More →


Sunday November 27, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am EST
Eastern Regional Gathering

10:30am EST

Seed Swap
The tradition and art of saving, stewarding, and sharing seed lives on during our Seed Swap. The magic and diversity of seed is waiting for you to share, discover, and take home to steward. Let's share stories and seeds together!

How it Works: A seed swap works best if you bring seeds to share, but neither seeds nor experience are required to participate. We encourage you to bring seeds saved or produced in our region, but any seed you’d like to share is welcome. Bring what you can and take some home to try. We’ll have some small envelopes available so we can document the names, dates, and stories exchanged.

Sunday November 27, 2022 10:30am - 11:15am EST
Eastern Regional Gathering

11:15am EST

Seed to Soil: The intersections between soil health, taste and regionally adapted seed
It’s clear that seeds are one of the fundamental building blocks of our food system and all of life itself. No matter where you farm or what you produce, seeds play an irreplaceable role. In this interactive session, join some incredible local seed producers and savers as they explore the connections between food, seed and our living soils.

Moderators
avatar for Angel Beyde

Angel Beyde

Angel guides EFAO’s work to increase its understanding and take action on anti-racism towards Black, Indigenous and other people of colour, and to better meet the needs of members and farmers who are systemically marginalized within the ecological farming movement at large. Supporting... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chloe Maracle

Chloe Maracle

Chloe is Kayen'keha:ka (Mohawk), Turtle Clan born and raised in Kenhte:ke (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory). She has been in the role of garden intern with the Kenhte:ke Seed Sanctuary and Learning Center for over 2 years where she has been learning the care and cultivation of a seed... Read More →
avatar for Peachtree Boucaud

Peachtree Boucaud

Andrea Boucaud, known to many as "PEACHTREE," is an advocate for and supporter within the grassroots organizing and community development spaces. She is a well-known cannabis advocate in Toronto and supports the use of this plant to develop a healthy lifestyle. She has worked within... Read More →
avatar for Chris Wooding

Chris Wooding

Chris runs Ironwood Organics, a small farm located in eastern Ontario, growing nutrient dense heritage grains while supporting a strong baking and brewing community. They have recently expanded and produce cereals including wheat, rye, oats and barley. Their primary passion is landrace... Read More →
avatar for Annie Richard

Annie Richard

Kitchen Table Seed House
avatar for Annie Richard

Annie Richard

Kitchen Table Seed House
Kathy is a gardener, organic seed producer and mother. A life-long love of thecountry, and a desire to share that experience with her family, led to a move toWolfe Island. Meeting local seed savers opened her world to the necessity ofregional seed for the growth of a resilient and... Read More →
avatar for Luke Tehosennake Jeffries

Luke Tehosennake Jeffries

A resident of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and member of the Board of Kenhtè:ke Seed Sanctuary. Luke has been involved in numerous community projects at home and on the west coast, always with the focus of cultural and language revitalization. On the land, he is a subsistence gardener... Read More →


Sunday November 27, 2022 11:15am - 12:30pm EST
Eastern Regional Gathering

12:30pm EST

Seed Swap
The tradition and art of saving, stewarding, and sharing seed lives on during our Seed Swap. The magic and diversity of seed is waiting for you to share, discover, and take home to steward. Let's share stories and seeds together!

How it Works: A seed swap works best if you bring seeds to share, but neither seeds nor experience are required to participate. We encourage you to bring seeds saved or produced in our region, but any seed you’d like to share is welcome. Bring what you can and take some home to try. We’ll have some small envelopes available so we can document the names, dates, and stories exchanged.

Sunday November 27, 2022 12:30pm - 2:00pm EST
Eastern Regional Gathering

12:30pm EST

Catered Local Lunch
A locally-sourced, seasonal meal from caterer Yummy Mummy's Kitchen. A huge thanks to all of the farms, farmers, and businesses who generously offered food by donation or at cost to support this delicious meal!

Sunday November 27, 2022 12:30pm - 2:00pm EST
Eastern Regional Gathering

12:30pm EST

Exhibitor Showcase
During lunch, participants will have time to meet Exhibitors from the region who care about supporting local ecological farms and farmers. Thank you to all of our Exhibitors and Sponsors for this year's conference, with a special thanks to Talun Eco Products for their Exclusive Sponsor support of the Eastern Gathering!

Sunday November 27, 2022 12:30pm - 2:00pm EST
Eastern Regional Gathering

2:00pm EST

Keynote Address on Living Soils
Hear from soil ecologist and Docterre founder Vivian Kaloxilos about the inspiring possibilities for supporting living soils through regenerative agriculture.

Speakers
avatar for Vivian Kaloxilos

Vivian Kaloxilos

Founder, Docterre
Vivian is passionate about the natural world, assisting and documenting life and biodiversity as itbounces back from states of degradation. She is an ecologist who specializes in soil ecologyand applied soil life regeneration. She sees herself as a support system to farmers andlandowners... Read More →


Sunday November 27, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm EST
Eastern Regional Gathering

2:45pm EST

Break
Sunday November 27, 2022 2:45pm - 3:00pm EST
Eastern Regional Gathering

3:00pm EST

Building Healthy Soil: Reflections from the Field
We all know that soil health plays a big role in growing food - but how do we support soil health while balancing the million requirements of running a farm? In this session join our panel of farmers- with representation from field crop, livestock, and veggie producers- as they explore their reflections on soil health, including what’s worked, what hasn’t and all their reflections from the field.

Moderators
avatar for Stuart Oke

Stuart Oke

Raised just outside of Kingston, Ontario Stuart grew up in a non-farming family. After an accidental season spent working on organic farms in Ireland, as a member of WWOOF, he turned to farming full time in 2009. Since then, Stuart has farmed throughout Ontario and in Quebec. He has had the privilege of learning from and apprenticing under some truly inspirational and professional farmers over the years spent growing vegetables. He is the current co-owner... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Isabelle Rodé

Isabelle Rodé

Vintage Soil
Isabelle is the owner and operator of Vintage Soil Farm. Isabelle spent 6 years working on a variety of organic farms, in Ontario, BC and Quebec, before starting Vintage Soil Farm in 2021. VS, currently located on rented land in the Ottawa Valley, uses draft power in the field and... Read More →
avatar for Chris Wooding

Chris Wooding

Chris runs Ironwood Organics, a small farm located in eastern Ontario, growing nutrient dense heritage grains while supporting a strong baking and brewing community. They have recently expanded and produce cereals including wheat, rye, oats and barley. Their primary passion is landrace... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Bakker

Sarah Bakker

Field Sparrow Farms
Sarah Bakker is the co-founder of Field Sparrow Farms, located on 100 acres in Bobcaygeon, ON where they focus on regenerative agriculture practices that protect habitat for grassland bird species. Currently, they market grass-fed beef, pastured pork, and pastured chicken via an online... Read More →
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Stephanie Laing

Stephanie Laing co-owns and manages Fiddlehead Farm in Prince Edward County with her wife Heather Coffey. They've been farming since 2012, and now manage a large CSA with delivery locations in Prince Edward County, Belleville, Napanee, Trenton, and Toronto. Stephanie is Fiddlehead's... Read More →


Sunday November 27, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm EST
Eastern Regional Gathering

3:45pm EST

Breakout Discussions and Sharing on Best Management Practices
After an inspiring keynote and panel discussion focused on living soils, this is an opportunity to share thoughts, reflections, and strategies with ecological farming neighbours. Participants will join small groups to discuss what they've learned and observed as best management practices in supporting soil health on their farms.

Sunday November 27, 2022 3:45pm - 4:30pm EST
Eastern Regional Gathering

4:30pm EST

Closing Remarks
Join Ali, Stuart, and the EFAO Eastern Gathering team to wrap up a wonderful event and day spent in community together.

If you haven't registered for the EFAO Online Conference Program (December 6th-8th), you have one more day to enjoy the Early Bird Rates! Continue your discussions with farming friends across the province and enjoy the convenience of recorded material all winter long. See you on Zoom!

Speakers
avatar for Ali English

Ali English

Executive Director, Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario
Ali is EFAO's Executive Director. Ali guides EFAO’s work, ensures the organization’s financial sustainability and fosters relationships with organizations and stakeholders to support the interests and needs of ecological farmers. Ali holds a B.Sc. in Food Production and the Environment... Read More →
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Stuart Oke

Raised just outside of Kingston, Ontario Stuart grew up in a non-farming family. After an accidental season spent working on organic farms in Ireland, as a member of WWOOF, he turned to farming full time in 2009. Since then, Stuart has farmed throughout Ontario and in Quebec. He has had the privilege of learning from and apprenticing under some truly inspirational and professional farmers over the years spent growing vegetables. He is the current co-owner... Read More →


Sunday November 27, 2022 4:30pm - 5:00pm EST
Eastern Regional Gathering
 
Tuesday, December 6
 

9:30am EST

Cover Cropaganza: Cover Crop Strategies to Reduce Tillage
Over the past three years, in cooperation with the Living Lab-Ontario project, Ken Laing of Orchard Hill Farm has tested different combinations of cover crops and vegetable crops to reduce tillage for organic vegetable systems. These trials include deep compost mulch, winter-killed cover crops, and flail mowed and rolled cover crops with various crops. In conversation with Angie Koch, join Ken as he shares his recommended cover crop strategies for reducing tillage for potatoes, garlic, winter and summer squash, and field tomatoes.

https://efao.ca/living-lab-ontario-ken-laing/

https://youtu.be/IrDKR_wsIHk




This session is an OSCIA-recognized On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF) Knowledge Sharing Event (KSE) for applicants with approved Cover Cropping projects. Questions about OFCAF should be directed to OFCAF@ontariosoilcrop.org. You must attend this session LIVE (not watch a recording) in order to submit it as a KSE.








Speakers
avatar for Ken Laing

Ken Laing

Orchard Hill Farm
Ken graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc in horticulture in 1979. He is farmingat Orchard Hill Farm near St.Thomas, Ontario with his wife Martha and daughter Ellen. He hasexperience growing a wide variety of horticultural and field crops organically for 3 decades.Orchard... Read More →
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Angie Koch

Fertile Ground Farm
Since 2008, Angie has operated Fertile Ground Farm - a diversified market garden near Waterloo. Fertile Ground's primary market is a 350 member CSA, with some wholesale on the side. Other enterprises include spring seedling sales and pastured layers.


Tuesday December 6, 2022 9:30am - 11:00am EST
Online

9:30am EST

Coppice Agroforestry: Practical Applications for Regrowth
Coppicing allows us to leverage woody plants’ remarkable ability to resprout after they’ve been cut to meet all sorts of material and conservation needs. It’s an ancient practice that served as a key foundation of human societies around the globe for millennia, but it is little understood or practiced throughout much of temperate North America today. Join Mark Krawczyk - grower, educator, consultant and author of the newly-released book Coppice Agroforestry - Tending Trees for Product, Profit and Woodland Ecology - for an introduction to coppice management and other related forms of resprout silviculture along with a deep dive into a some of the most promising tree and shrub species for Ontario growers. Winter is the ideal time to coppice, so this is the perfect time to learn how to integrate these practices into your working landscapes!

Speakers
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Mark Krawczyk

Mark Krawczyk is an applied ecologist, educator, and grower with a background in permaculture design, agroforestry, natural building, traditional woodworking, and small-scale forestry. He co-owns and operates Keyline Vermont LLC, teaching, designing, and consulting for farmers, homeowners... Read More →


Tuesday December 6, 2022 9:30am - 11:30am EST
Online

12:30pm EST

Resilient Seed Systems: A Farmer and Seed Grower Consultation
As we look to build resilient food systems, more farmers are working to integrate seed production into their operations, the number of local seed companies is growing, and new networks of seed producers are emerging. Come to this community meeting to talk about how we can support each other in learning how to conserve, improve, and create new high quality Canadian seed. Join EFAO’s Seed Program Manager Rebecca Ivanoff and facilitator Meredith Davis of Good Roots Consulting, to discuss the opportunities that exist in regards to this work, talk about the seed work you are currently undertaking, and share ideas of how to improve our seed work together.

We encourage all former, existing, and prospective farmer-researchers who have been involved in the the Canadian Organic Vegetable Improvement Project (CANOVI), the Participatory Plant Breeding (PPB) program on oats, wheat, and potato, Vegetable Seed Producers Network (VSPN), and Seeds of Diversity Seed Library Grow Outs program or anybody else with an interest in seed production to attend this meeting and provide your input.

Objectives:
  • To build connections and excitement around seed work in Ontario
  • To provide an update on seed programming over the past year and how input from previous discussions was used
  • To gather input from participants on various seed-related topics including exciting advancements, challenges and future opportunities

Agenda:

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Presentation: Programming and progress made
  • Small group discussions
  • Next steps and commitments



Speakers
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Meredith Davis

Good Roots Consulting
Meredith is a strategic planning, evaluation and research specialist with 20 years of experience dedicated to promoting community well-being in Canada and abroad. She is the Evaluation Specialist with the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Meredith’s academic and... Read More →
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Rebecca Ivanoff

Seed Program Manager, Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario
Rebecca holds a M.S. in Anthropology and International Development from the University of Guelph, with a lifelong curiosity for the plants around her and the connection between plants and culture. In 2013, she joined Whole Circle Farm as a CRAFT intern, and stayed on as staff to co-manage... Read More →


Tuesday December 6, 2022 12:30pm - 2:00pm EST
Online

12:30pm EST

Silvopasture Meet-up
Hosted by Erica Dixon of the Ontario Woodlot Association, this meet-up will continue discussions from the morning’s Coppice Agroforestry session, and provide a space for participants to share updates and ideas for winter programming related to silvopasture.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Dixon

Erica Dixon

Erica is the Agroforestry Coordinator for the Ontario Woodlot Association. A graduate from Richard Ivey Business School, and a current Ecosystems Management student at Fleming College, Erica brings a holistic business development perspective to farming and natural resources. With... Read More →


Tuesday December 6, 2022 12:30pm - 2:00pm EST
Online

2:30pm EST

Climate Change Adaptation in Grazing Practices- Sheep Edition!
In this panel, moderated by Brenda Hsueh, farmers will share how they have adapted their grazing practices to cope with the realities of a changing climate, from drought, higher temperatures in summer/a longer summer slump, flooding, extreme weather events, and other considerations. The discussion will also touch on the benefits and challenges of choosing grazing practices that minimize climate emissions, and help improve production, profitability, carbon sequestration, drought resilience, biodiversity and soil health.

This session is an OSCIA-recognized On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF) Knowledge Sharing Event (KSE) for applicants with approved Rotational Grazing Systems projects. Questions about OFCAF should be directed to OFCAF@ontariosoilcrop.org. You must attend this session LIVE (not watch a recording) in order to submit it as a KSE.

Moderators
avatar for Brenda Hsueh

Brenda Hsueh

Black Sheep Farm
Brenda Hsueh is a Chinese Canadian woman farmer, who has been farming Black Sheep Farm in Grey County since 2009. She first came to farming single, and jaded from years of working a desk job in Toronto. Now she farms with her partner Skyler, and their daughter Emma, often tired and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Wesley Godden

Wesley Godden

Partner, Fairside Farm
Wesley and his partner operate Fairside Farm - a family farm nestled in the highlands of the Ottawa Valley - where they care for a flock of 200 purebred Katahdin sheep. By using  different grazing methods to maximise nutritional returns for their sheep, they hand-raise them on a... Read More →
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Drake Larsen

Drake manages Three Ridges Ecological Farm near Aylmer, along with his wife, Sarah, and daughter. Four years ago they added a small flock of Katahdin sheep to their multi-species rotational grazing system. The sheep graze warm- and cool-season pastures and silvopasture. As the flock's... Read More →
avatar for Chris Moore

Chris Moore

Shady Creek Lamb Co.
Most days, you can find Chris Moore putting up temporary fencing for the sheep of Shady Creek Lamb Company, at either a 200-acre solar site, cover crops, or corn stalks. Moore and his partner, Lyndsey Smith, have spent the last six years expanding their sheep flock through the use... Read More →


Tuesday December 6, 2022 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
Online

2:30pm EST

Landrace Breeding for Resilience
Ecological farmers know that diversity is beneficial — including in the diversity of genetics in our fields. However, modern breeding methods for many crops typically focus on creating very uniform and homogeneous varieties. Some farmers, seed companies, organic breeders, and seed networks are working to counter this trend by consciously breeding for genetic diversity across and within crop types and varieties. Come learn about the benefits of genetic diversity within seed varieties. We’ll benefit from the experience of Joseph Lofthouse, who will join us from a high-altitude, brilliantly-sunlit desert mountain valley in Northern Utah, and Marvin Gomez, an agronomist with the Foundation for Participatory Research with Honduran Farmers (FIPAH), who are working with, and creating new, genetically diversified populations through different strategies to stimulate local adaptation to ecological conditions

Speakers
avatar for Marvin Gómez Cerna

Marvin Gómez Cerna

Marvin Gómez Cerna is an agronomist and agroecology specialist with La Fundación para la Investigación Participativa con Agricultores de Honduras (Foundation for Participatory Research with Honduran Farmers), and was the Latin America Regional Facilitator for SeedChange.
avatar for Joseph Lofthouse

Joseph Lofthouse

author, Landrace Gardening
Joseph adopted the principles of landrace gardening in response to the harsh growing conditions in a high-altitude, short-season, desert garden. Instead of relying on expensive poisons, labor, and materials to coddle the plants, he encourages genetic diversity, cross-pollination... Read More →


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Tuesday December 6, 2022 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
Online

4:30pm EST

BIPOC Farmer Network Meet-Up
Please note that you must register separately for this FREE meet-up by filling out this form.

Join us for a friendly meetup to kick off the conference and connect with fellow Black, Indigenous and other farmers of colour. Come hear about and meet some of this year's amazing presenters, learn about Toronto’s Black and Indigenous Farmers Market, talk to fellow farmers and share resources in a warm and welcoming environment. There will also be a feature presentation by farmer Judith Burfoot of Farm 77 in Prince Edward County on Getting Started with Small Livestock!This meeting is reserved for BIPOC farmers and aspiring farmers and will be led by Angel Beyde and Amy Cheng. It is not required to be a current EFAO member to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Angel Beyde

Angel Beyde

Angel guides EFAO’s work to increase its understanding and take action on anti-racism towards Black, Indigenous and other people of colour, and to better meet the needs of members and farmers who are systemically marginalized within the ecological farming movement at large. Supporting... Read More →
avatar for Amy Oi Ning Cheng

Amy Oi Ning Cheng

Amy Cheng has been urban market gardening and working in community food programming since 2012, and has been supporting EFAO’s equity work since December 2020. She currently works as an Agricultural Coordinator at Parks Canada's Rouge National Urban Park. Her role provides program... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Judith Burfoot

Judith Burfoot

Farm 77
Judith operates a small, mixed-livestock operation Farm 77, established in 2009, as well as being a part-time municipal employee and union steward, and small business owner, in North Marysburgh, Prince Edward county. She is the founder of All Welcome Here and works to be an outspoken community builder, with a focus on equity and anti-racism to ensure the community is as inclusive as we all believe it can be... Read More →


Tuesday December 6, 2022 4:30pm - 6:00pm EST
Online

7:00pm EST

35 Years of Farmer-Led Research in Iowa
Join Stefan Gailans from Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) for a keynote address outlining how 35 years of farmer-led research with PFI’s Cooperators’ Program has transformed the Iowa landscape - from dramatic increases in acres of cover crops to livestock back on the land. PFI is a farmer-led organization that equips farmers to build resilient farms and communities across Iowa and the midwest, and is a mentor program to EFAO’s Farmer-Led Research Program.

Speakers
avatar for Stefan Gailans

Stefan Gailans

Senior Research Manager, Practical Farmers of Iowa
Stefan Gailans joined Practical Farmers of Iowa in August 2013. Stefan leads the Cooperators’ Program, Practical Farmers of Iowa’s vehicle for empowering farmers to generate and share knowledge through timely and relevant farmer-led research. He takes satisfaction from conducting... Read More →


Tuesday December 6, 2022 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST
Online
 
Wednesday, December 7
 

9:30am EST

Small-Scale Poultry Production in Practice
Hear from a panel of farmers who have been part of the CFO’s Artisanal Chicken Program for a number of years. Farmers to discuss the logistics of scaling up, how they sell their chicken, lessons learned from retail and wholesale, and navigating market challenges the last few years. Find out if you’re ready to up your flock!

Moderators
avatar for Peggy Baillie

Peggy Baillie

Three Forks Farm
Peggy Baillie and Eric Blondin operate Three Forks Farm - a certified organic farm in Ice Lake, Manitoulin Island - where they produce mixed vegetables, chicken and garden seeds.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Noiseux

Joshua Noiseux

Evermeadow Farm
Joshua Noiseux is the co-founder, along with Janita Wiersma, of Evermeadow Farm, in Cold Springs, Ontario. Evermeadow is the culmination of Josh and Janita's vision of the happy marriage of agricultural production and ecological conservation. Prior to Evermeadow, Josh taught ecological... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Pfisterer

Jessica Pfisterer

Pfisterer Farm
Jessica Pfisterer along with her husband Ryan are first generation farmers in Wellington County farming their 100ac parcel since 2019. They have built a direct to consumer pasture based, grass fed meat business serving Waterloo, Wellington, and Dufferin counties. As Artisanal Chicken... Read More →
avatar for Bahaar Luhar

Bahaar Luhar

Bahaar and Shaheer operate Chicken Thika Farms, where they produce certified organic and Halal chicken through the artisanal chicken program, as well as farm fresh eggs.
avatar for Bahaar Luhar

Bahaar Luhar

Bahaar and Shaheer operate Chicken Thika Farms, where they produce certified organic and Halal chicken through the artisanal chicken program, as well as farm fresh eggs.


Wednesday December 7, 2022 9:30am - 11:00am EST
Online

9:30am EST

Research Symposium - Session 1
Showcasing results from the 2022 research season. Hear from EFAO farmer-researchers who will share their experiences, trials, tribulations, successes and tangible research results that you can take away and use on your farm. For examples of past farmer-led research projects, visit efao.ca/research-library.

Wednesday December 7, 2022 9:30am - 11:30am EST
Online

12:30pm EST

Climate Change Adaptation in Grazing Practices- Cattle Edition!
In this panel, moderated by Brenda Hsueh, farmers will share how they have adapted their grazing practices to cope with the realities of a changing climate, from drought, higher temperatures in summer/a longer summer slump, flooding, extreme weather events, and other considerations. The discussion will also touch on the benefits and challenges of choosing grazing practices that minimize climate emissions, and help improve production, profitability, carbon sequestration, drought resilience, biodiversity and soil health.

This session is an OSCIA-recognized On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF) Knowledge Sharing Event (KSE) for applicants with approved Rotational Grazing Systems projects. Questions about OFCAF should be directed to OFCAF@ontariosoilcrop.org. You must attend this session LIVE (not watch a recording) in order to submit it as a KSE.

Moderators
avatar for Brenda Hsueh

Brenda Hsueh

Black Sheep Farm
Brenda Hsueh is a Chinese Canadian woman farmer, who has been farming Black Sheep Farm in Grey County since 2009. She first came to farming single, and jaded from years of working a desk job in Toronto. Now she farms with her partner Skyler, and their daughter Emma, often tired and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tessa Lewis

Tessa Lewis

Merkaba Acres
Kimiko and Tessa have been farming at Merkaba Acres in Bobcaygeon since 2019. Their operation includes a 1-acre market garden and a herd of Wagyu-Angus cattle. They raise grass-fed, grass-finished beef on a 40-acre rotational grazing system with the goal of producing healthy pasture... Read More →
avatar for Katrina McQuail

Katrina McQuail

Meeting Place Organic Farm
Katrina returned to Meeting Place Organic Farm in 2014 and took over the farm business in 2016. Born and raised in Huron County on the farm, Katrina took a round about way back to becoming a farmer. Spending over 10 years away, Katrina completed a degree in Business and Not For Profit... Read More →
avatar for Birgit Martin

Birgit Martin

Pure Island Beef
Hello, I am Birgit Martin. I farm with my husband, Jim, and 2 sons, Nick and Alex, on western Manitoulin Island. We have a large cow-calf through-to-finish operation where we produce both grain-finished and grass-finished beef for our brand, Pure Island Beef. We also custom graze... Read More →
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Dana Penrice

Holistic Management Canada
Dana farms with her partner Ted Chastko at Shoal Lake, Manitoba. Dana works with new and young farmers through the Young Agrarians program and has an interest in farm transition, land access and business planning. She recently completed the Savory Institute’s Ecological Outcome... Read More →
avatar for Kimiko Uchikura

Kimiko Uchikura

Merkaba Acres
Kimiko and Tessa have been farming at Merkaba Acres in Bobcaygeon since 2019. Their operation includes a 1-acre market garden and a herd of Wagyu-Angus cattle. They raise grass-fed, grass-finished beef on a 40-acre rotational grazing system with the goal of producing healthy pasture... Read More →


Wednesday December 7, 2022 12:30pm - 2:00pm EST
Online

12:30pm EST

Game Changing Investments
What tools or investments had the biggest impact on your farm? Come ready to share the top 2 or 3 pieces of equipment/tools/lifestyle changes that “changed the game” on your farm. This participatory discussion will help highlight some of the necessary (and unnecessary) investments for those looking to scale-up or just create a more efficient work environment.

Wednesday December 7, 2022 12:30pm - 2:00pm EST
Online

12:30pm EST

No-Till Meet-Up
Join a handful of experienced low/no till growers to discuss what they tried this past season, what worked, and what didn't. Growers with three or more years experience using reduced or no till practices on a market garden scale or larger will have the opportunity to share first and brainstorm ideas for next season. Less experienced growers and those new to no till will be able to listen in and glean valuable learning from the discussion. If time allows, the floor will then be opened up for questions and discussion. This will be a great opportunity to learn from some experienced growers in a casual setting, as well as to share ideas for future no-till programming to support growers of all experiences and scales.

Wednesday December 7, 2022 12:30pm - 2:00pm EST
Online

2:30pm EST

Perennial Vegetables for Your Farm or Garden
Why plant, weed, cultivate and water annual vegetables year after year when you can grow perennials that mimic the annuals, plant them once, and harvest them year after year with minimal labor? This power point presentation will describe 20 highly nutritious perennial vegetables, herbs, flowers and leaves that are easy to grow and require minimal care. The growth habit, preferred habitat, nutritional value and uses of each plant will be described accompanied by photos taken in the presenter’s edible forest garden. Attendees will be inspired to try their hand at growing these carefree food plants.

Speakers
avatar for Dani Baker

Dani Baker

Dani Baker is a self-taught organic farmer and forest gardener who began planning and planting her “Enchanted Edible Forest” garden in 2013. The farm and garden are located on Wellesley Island in the St. Lawrence River between New York and Canada. There, she and her partner, David... Read More →


Wednesday December 7, 2022 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
Online

2:30pm EST

Research Symposium - Session 2
Showcasing results from the 2022 research season. Hear from EFAO farmer-researchers who will share their experiences, trials, tribulations, successes and tangible research results that you can take away and use on your farm. For examples of past farmer-led research projects, visit efao.ca/research-library.

Wednesday December 7, 2022 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
Online

4:30pm EST

Writing Your Rotational Grazing Plan
This farmer-to-farmer meet-up will focus on what you need to know to write an effective rotational grazing plan. While the information presented will be broadly applicable for anyone hoping to learn more about rotational grazing plans in general, it will focus specifically on what needs to be included in your plan to be able to apply for the January 2023 intake of the On Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF). Presenters will share example grazing plans and will be available to answer your questions from their understanding of the OFCAF program. An OSCIA staff member will also be present - a great opportunity to get your questions answered before you work on your application. Whether you're planning to apply for certain or are sitting on the metaphorical (perimeter) fence, this meet-up will bring together concrete examples and expertise to support you in your rotational grazing journey!

This session is an OSCIA-recognized On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF) Knowledge Sharing Event (KSE) for applicants with approved Rotational Grazing Systems projects. Questions about OFCAF should be directed to OFCAF@ontariosoilcrop.org. You must attend this session LIVE (not watch a recording) in order to submit it as a KSE.

Speakers
avatar for Brenda Hsueh

Brenda Hsueh

Black Sheep Farm
Brenda Hsueh is a Chinese Canadian woman farmer, who has been farming Black Sheep Farm in Grey County since 2009. She first came to farming single, and jaded from years of working a desk job in Toronto. Now she farms with her partner Skyler, and their daughter Emma, often tired and... Read More →
avatar for Tim Prior

Tim Prior

Brussels Agri Services Ltd.
Tim and his wife Donna own Brussels Agri Services Ltd - a leading fence supplier and installer in Ontario, and the largest independent distributor of Gallagher products in North America. Tim specializes in pasture management and rotational grazing solutions. Tim and Donna have also... Read More →


Wednesday December 7, 2022 4:30pm - 6:00pm EST
Online

7:00pm EST

Queer Farmers Meet-Up
Please note that you must register separately for the FREE meet up by filling out this form.

Calling all queer farmers and homo-steaders! This is an opportunity for anyone in the 2SLGBTQIA+ umbrella who is passionate about growing food to connect with others, make friends, and build community. Whether you are growing food in the city, producing food in a rural setting, pining for your queer farming dream, or are somewhere in between, you are welcome in this group! Join for a meet-up filled with connection, community, care, and rainbows.

Speakers
avatar for A Westhaver

A Westhaver

Queer Farmers Connect
A (they/them) is a queer organic vegetable farmer living and growing on Tsawwassen First Nation treaty lands. In January of 2022, following conversations at the Not Your Father's Farm Conference, they started an Instagram account called Queerfarmersconnect with the intent of creating... Read More →
avatar for Jean Catherine Steinberg

Jean Catherine Steinberg

Jean (she/her) is a queer, disabled, settler living and growing on the traditional territories of Anishinaabek communities, including Chippewa, Mississauga, and Odawa. She and her partner grow a mix of annual + perennial vegetables, culinary + medicinal herbs, and various fruits... Read More →


Wednesday December 7, 2022 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST
Online
 
Thursday, December 8
 

9:30am EST

Cultural & Niche Crops: Growing Businesses and Community!
Curious about growing crops that have deep roots in your community? Southern Ontario’s climate supports a huge range of crops from across the globe that are culturally relevant to folks looking for a taste of home. Join us for a panel discussion of farmers successfully growing crops that not only feed their communities but also help strengthen their businesses, from Callaloo to Ginger to signature value-add products that are a hit at farmers markets.

Speakers
avatar for Cady

Cady

Deeper Roots Farm
Deeper Roots Farm is a small scale vegetable farm operation ran by Cady and Alvis. While they grow a wide range of familiar crops, they specialize in growing cultural staples of the African Diaspora like Okra, Callalou and Bitter melon. They hope to expand the range of these cultural... Read More →
avatar for Judy Ning

Judy Ning

Judy Ning runs Paper Kite Farm with her husband and two children in Prince Edward County. They bio intensively grow a wide variety of Asian vegetables and seasonal vegetables. Vegetables such as Amaranth, Luffa gourd, and water spinach, to name a few, have never been seen before at... Read More →
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Xiaoping Shen

Long Road Eco Farm
Born in China and trained as an engineer, Xiaobing started Long Road Eco Farm, a mixed farm operation north of Kingston in 2013. In the following years, he gradually developed a Chinese style prepared food business called "Farm Sum".
avatar for Claire Perttula

Claire Perttula

Claire Perttula (she/her) is the Food Justice Projects Coordinator at Malvern Family Resource Centre, supervising and growing food at Malvern Urban Farm, and a PhD student at York University. At Malvern Urban Farm, she grows a variety of crops for donation to the community with help... Read More →
avatar for Alvis Deeper Roots

Alvis Deeper Roots

Deeper Roots Farm
Deeper Roots Farm is a small scale vegetable farm operation ran by Alvis and Cady. While they grow a wide range of familiar crops, they specialize in growing cultural staples of the African Diaspora like Okra, Callalou and Bitter melon. They hope to expand the range of these cultural... Read More →


Thursday December 8, 2022 9:30am - 11:30am EST
Online

9:30am EST

Ecological Teamwork: Livestock and Field Crops
Growing field crops or raising livestock alone can be input intensive in terms of fertility and feed. Hear from farmers who have integrated both on their farm, allowing them to feed their livestock with the crops they grow, and use livestock manure to feed their soil to grow crops.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Moore

Chris Moore

Shady Creek Lamb Co.
Most days, you can find Chris Moore putting up temporary fencing for the sheep of Shady Creek Lamb Company, at either a 200-acre solar site, cover crops, or corn stalks. Moore and his partner, Lyndsey Smith, have spent the last six years expanding their sheep flock through the use... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Pfisterer

Jessica Pfisterer

Pfisterer Farm
Jessica Pfisterer along with her husband Ryan are first generation farmers in Wellington County farming their 100ac parcel since 2019. They have built a direct to consumer pasture based, grass fed meat business serving Waterloo, Wellington, and Dufferin counties. As Artisanal Chicken... Read More →


Thursday December 8, 2022 9:30am - 11:30am EST
Online

9:30am EST

Farmer Perspectives on the Transition to Living Soils
Join Vivan Kaloxilos for a deep dive into how farmers have applied the principles and practices of living soils to their farms. Vivian has worked with a number of farms who are using these practices in their transition to using less or no synthetic inputs, with amazing results to share. Come hear from farmers applying soil health practices such as compost tea and on-farm compost production to grow field crops on a large scale. Regardless of the scale you're growing on, there will be lessons to take away from this session!

Moderators
avatar for Vivian Kaloxilos

Vivian Kaloxilos

Founder, Docterre
Vivian is passionate about the natural world, assisting and documenting life and biodiversity as itbounces back from states of degradation. She is an ecologist who specializes in soil ecologyand applied soil life regeneration. She sees herself as a support system to farmers andlandowners... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brad Hobrock

Brad Hobrock

Agribio Systems
avatar for Adam York

Adam York

Agribio Systems
avatar for Rob Heggie

Rob Heggie

Heggie Farms


Thursday December 8, 2022 9:30am - 11:30am EST
Online

11:30am EST

Meet-Up: Small Grains, Big Gains
Love wheat, oats, rye or barley? Curious about spelt, buckwheat, amaranth or quinoa? Come hear about the next intake of the Small Grains Program and get connected to the Small Grains Network. Whether you are starting to think about growing small grains for the very first time, or you’re a seasoned expert with knowledge to share, there’s a place for you! Come to this community meeting to find out about existing support in EFAO’s Small Grains Program and Network, and share about future supports that may help you on your own small grains journey!

Moderators
avatar for Jackie Clark

Jackie Clark

Jackie manages EFAO’s Small Grains Program, helping to encourage farmers to realize the benefits of incorporating small grains in field crop rotations. She is passionate about innovation and collaborative research across the agri-food industry, and connecting farmers with the resources... Read More →

Thursday December 8, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm EST
Online

12:30pm EST

Soil Health as Community Builder
“What if healing the soil and healing our relationship to the soil were key to healing ourselves, our community, and the world?”
Join a virtual campfire circle with some of the engaged community members from Erin CommonGround (a grassroots farmer-led soil health initiative) as they reflect on their ongoing work to create conditions for deep and lasting change in their community and on their local landscape. Listen in as Erin CommonGround members share stories, highlights and challenges of applying the lessons of healthy living soil as an innovative approach to nurture a culture of curiosity, shared learning and collaboration among farmers and concerned citizens. There will be opportunity for lots of questions, and sharing ideas in the hopes that other communities might be inspired by the CommonGround approach.

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Hansen

Cathy Hansen

Erin CommonGround is a group of soil health enthusiasts working with farmers and community members to regenerate soil health in and around Erin, Ontario.


Thursday December 8, 2022 12:30pm - 2:00pm EST
Online

2:30pm EST

Making It Work: The First Five Years of Farming
Join this panel discussion among farmers in their first 5 years who will discuss the decision making processes that helped them navigate the beginning years of their farm. When you're starting off fresh with little infrastructure and no customer base, what shortcuts can be taken and what tough decisions might you need to make? Come glean some lived experience and lessons learned from a variety of new farmers that might help you make it work!

Speakers
avatar for Alvis Deeper Roots

Alvis Deeper Roots

Deeper Roots Farm
Deeper Roots Farm is a small scale vegetable farm operation ran by Alvis and Cady. While they grow a wide range of familiar crops, they specialize in growing cultural staples of the African Diaspora like Okra, Callalou and Bitter melon. They hope to expand the range of these cultural... Read More →
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Cady

Deeper Roots Farm
Deeper Roots Farm is a small scale vegetable farm operation ran by Cady and Alvis. While they grow a wide range of familiar crops, they specialize in growing cultural staples of the African Diaspora like Okra, Callalou and Bitter melon. They hope to expand the range of these cultural... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Oke

Stuart Oke

Raised just outside of Kingston, Ontario Stuart grew up in a non-farming family. After an accidental season spent working on organic farms in Ireland, as a member of WWOOF, he turned to farming full time in 2009. Since then, Stuart has farmed throughout Ontario and in Quebec. He has had the privilege of learning from and apprenticing under some truly inspirational and professional farmers over the years spent growing vegetables. He is the current co-owner... Read More →
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Aaliyah Fraser

Lucky Bug Farm
Aliyah is the owner and operator of Lucky Bug Farm, a one quarter acre market garden located on leased land just outside of Kitchener, Ontario. In her second growing season, Aliyah grew a variety of vegetables and herbs for a 30+ person CSA utilizing minimal tillage, ample compost... Read More →
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Claire Poulton

Little Fields Farm
Claire founded Little Fields Farm in 2015 after spending several years as an intern on organic farms in Ontario and British Columbia. As a first-generation farmer, Claire’s passion for environmental sustainability, love of the outdoors, and love of food drew her to farming. Little... Read More →


Thursday December 8, 2022 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
Online

2:30pm EST

The Seven Sisters: The Science of Indigenous Agriculture
Many folks are familiar with the concept of the Three Sisters garden, but there is more to learn about the relationships between plants, the earth, and human beings. Join Celeste Smith for a primer on Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and a practical walk through of the Seven Sisters garden.

Speakers
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Celeste Smith

Cultural Seeds
Celeste Smith (she/her) is Oneida from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. As an intergenerational trauma survivor, she has made it her life's mission to help Women/Gender Diverse People rebuild their connections to the land and their lifeways. Celeste is a seed steward, traditional... Read More →


Thursday December 8, 2022 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
Online

2:30pm EST

To Certify or Not To Certify
As ecologically-focused farmers in Ontario, there are many options when it comes to organic and similar certifications. However, those options can come with costs, constraints, and record-keeping and reporting commitments. Tune in to this session to hear about the opportunities, benefits and challenges of certification, and whether it could help your farm business.  Learn about the best resources available, how to decide if it is right for you, and how to navigate the process--whether you are at the "just thinking" stage or have recently begun the process.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Payseur

Eric Payseur

Regional Event and Education Manager, Canadian Organic Growers
As an urban farmer, experiential educator and Organic Master Gardener, Eric has been growing food for over 20 years. He has taught courses on local sustainable food systems at McMaster University, St. Lawrence College, and the University of New Mexico and, most recently, Eric worked... Read More →


Thursday December 8, 2022 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
Online

7:00pm EST

Weaving a Story of Seed, Self & Place
Speakers
avatar for Tiffany Traverse

Tiffany Traverse

Having grown up on her Great Grandparent's homestead, on her peoples' traditional Secwépemc territory in the Columbia Valley, Tiffany's love for growing food and stewarding the land comes as naturally as breathing. Living now in northeastern BC, she continues to foster the belief... Read More →


Thursday December 8, 2022 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST
Online
 
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