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Calling All New & Aspiring Beekeepers!

Farms at Work Beekeeping Mentorship Program

Two Spaces Open Up for Beekeeping Mentorship

A couple of last-minute spots have opened up in the FAW Beekeeping Mentorship Program! Whether you've been keeping bees for a few years, or are just starting out with your first hives, this curriculum-based program will connect you with an experienced mentor and guide you through the hallmarks of the beekeeping season. 

From late-April to mid-September, mentees attend five field days at the bee yard and honey house of the mentor to participate in activities, field work, and hands-on projects integral to the beekeeping season. Between field days, mentees will each enjoy up to 4 hours of individual mentor support (by email or telephone), for those times during the season when questions or problems arise.

This year the program will be led by long-time beekeeper, Bryan Shanks of B & L Honey Farm (near Uxbridge, ON). Bryan will expose mentees to time-honoured approaches to hive health and preventative maintenance, honey production and value-added products, the business of beekeeping, as well as valuable resources and important regulations.   

If you are looking for an experienced mentor to help you increase your skills and confidence in the bee yard, and to develop meaningful ties to the community of beekeepers in the region, then the FAW Beekeeping Mentorship may be just the program you're looking for!

Applications are available on our website, and if you'd like more info, feel free to contact our office: info@farmsatwork.ca  |  (705) 743-7671

Farm Financials Webinar Series: Bookkeeping for Farmers

Our partners over at FarmStart are inviting new farmers from across Ontario to join Anne Cooper of Sudbury Learning Initiative for a 3-night workshop series on Bookkeeping for Farm Businesses.

Topics will include the importance of keeping accurate financial records, understanding and implementing a manual double entry bookkeeping system, entry of financial transactions (with class participation) and year-end accounting.

When: Mondays, April 20th, April 27th and May 4th
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Cost: $25 for all 3 nights
Participate on-line from your home computer!

Whether you are keeping your own books or not, this course will put you in a position to keep good records as well as understand what you need to do (with or without a bookkeeper) to have access to accurate information about your business on a timely basis. 

To register for this informative webinar series, visit the FarmStart webstore

Kawartha Lakes Farmer Has Ontarioʼs Most Profitable Acre

Farms at Work would like to congratulate Kurtis Peeters of Kawartha Lakes for his success as the winner of AMI's Most Profitable Acre Challenge!

Agri Food Management Institute

Challenge tests business skills, measures profitability of corn and soybean crop

Guelph ON, March 10, 2015 - Kurtis Peeters, an organic corn grower from Kawartha Lakes is the winner of the Most Profitable Acre Challenge, a competition organized by the Agri-food Management Institute and presented in partnership with Grain Farmers of Ontario. The business skills competition looks at input costs, production practices, yield, marketing tactics, and business management practices to determine the farmer with the most profitable acre harvested in corn or soybean production in Ontario.

Partly attributing his success to high organic crop prices in 2014, Peeters says knowing his cost of production and utilizing best business management techniques has influenced his bottom line year after year. To expedite efficiency and profitability, Peeters tracks his input costs, has a written marketing plan, is a member of a business management club, has a written business plan, and sees a farm advisor on a regular basis.

Mathieu Lauzon, an organic soybean grower from North Glengarry placed second in the Most Profitable Acre Challenge, and Jim Denys, an IP soybean grower from Huron County placed third. Nineteen farmers entered the competition.

The winners will receive their awards at the Grain Farmers of Ontario March Classic in London, Ontario on March 24. For more information, please contact Carolyn Dowling, AMI Project Coordinator at 519-822-6618 or Carolyn@takeanewapproach.ca.

To read the full article, visit: http://www.takeanewapproach.ca/News.htm

Successful 3rd Peterborough Food & Farming Summit

2015 Food & Farming Summit
 

Yesterday, the Food & Farming Working Group of Sustainable Peterborough hosted the 3rd Peterborough Food & Farming Summit. The collaborative event was well-attended with over 40 participants representing a wide range of organizations on the food system spectrum! Farmers, municipal officials, non-profits, health professionals, academics, business owners, land-use planners and more came together to hear updates from the Working Group and its members, and to brainstorm the future priorities of building our community's local food system.

Many thanks to all who participated, and for those who were unable to attend, proceedings from the event will be available on the Sustainable Peterborough website in the coming weeks.

Lindsay Seedy Saturday

The Lindsay & District Master Gardeners invite you to join them at the Lindsay Seedy Saturday Garden Show and Sale on Saturday March 28th, 2015!

 
Lindsay Seedy Saturday, Saturday, March 28, 2015, From 10:00-3:00pm at Queen Street, United Church Hall, 35 Lindsay Street North