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Ecological Farmers of Ontario Conference 2014

Join Us As We Celebrate 35 Great Years with the EFAO!

2014 EFAO Conference

December 4th - 6th                    YMCA Geneva Park                    Orillia, ON

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario, Farms at Work has joined forces with partners FarmStartEverdale, and the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security to launch the first annual EFAO conference!

As supporting partners, we here at FAW have been hard at work developing informative, intermediate-level sessions for the Livestock Stream of workshops, featuring such topics as: 

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Farm to School: Grade 3 Initiative

Food For Kids Program

Farms at Work, in partnership with Food For Kids, worked last summer to produce a curriculum-linked presentation for grade 3 classrooms in Peterborough County.  Two local farmers, Erin McLean and Katie Jackson - who have previous experience in the classroom – were selected to go into four schools and present to four classes of children. 

They talked about the parts of a plant, and how everyday fruits and vegetables represent all the plant parts! They explored the cycle of seed-to-fruit-to-seed, and the idea of seasonality in Canada. Each student had a tasty vegetable snack and planted their own seeds to watch germinate and grow in the classroom. The farmers were also able to talk about the work they do on their farms.

It is hoped the program will continue and expand, but funding will be required. Contact Farms at Work or Food For Kids for more information.

Douro Community Centre Buzzing Over Pollinators

Pollinator Day in Peterborough County 

Pollinator Day in PTBO
On Saturday November 1st, nearly 100 farmers, gardeners and concerned citizens flocked to the Douro Community Centre to learn about native bees and beneficial insects. Led by pollination biologist, Susan Chan, Pollinator Day in Peterborough County introduced attendees to the fundamentals of bee biology, the inner workings of pollination systems, and the importance of healthy, diverse populations of native pollinating species on human ecology. 

On hand were several guest speakers who shared important insights on the roles and strategies being taken by government agencies to mitigate threats to native bees. Assistant Deputy Minister, Debra Sikora (OMAFRA) outlined some of the steps being taken as the Ministry works to develop a Pollinator Health Strategy for the province; Ecologist Team Leader for the Rouge National Urban Park, Dr. Leonardo Cabrera (PhD) spoke about the facinating research being conducted at Point Pelee and Rouge Urban National Parks on Monarch butterfly migration patterns; and Medical Officer of Health for the Peterborough County-City Health Unit, Dr. Rosana Pellizzari (MD) outlined the findings from a scientific literature review recently conducted by Public Health Ontario on the impacts of neonicotinoid pesticide usage on food security in Ontario. The Honourable Jeff Leal, Minster of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, also stopped by for lunch to show his support. 

Pollinator Day in PTBO

Also featured was the Pollinator Exhibition, a showcase of several regional businesses and organizations, including native plant suppliers, community gardening groups, conservation authorities and beekeeping experts, all of whom were on hand to celebrate their commitment pollinator conservation efforts across rural and urban landscapes throughout the region. 

Many thanks to all who came out for this informative event. Feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive, and we very much appreciate the coverage by both CHEX TV and The Peterborough Examiner. We would also like to thank and acknowledge the Peterborough Foundation, without whose generous support this event would not have been possible. 

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Farm Credit Canada

What You Should Know Before You Buy or Rent Farmland

Acquiring farmland is a complicated decision. You’ll get answers to common questions and be confident you’re getting the right land the right way, at the right time and for the right reasons.

Benefits of attending:

  • discover whether you should buy or rent
  • learn about the different costs of owning and renting
  • understand financing options and how interest rates affect payments
  • gain insight into the tax implications of buying farmland
  • identify practical considerations that will impact your decision
  • understand why it matters whose name you put on the title

How to Increase Profits Without Increasing Farm Size

Today's moderate-sized farms can be very profitable. Land and quota are big investments, so finding ways to add profitability to your existing production base becomes increasingly important.

Benefits of attending

  • understand how cost of production relates to profitability
  • explore strategies for optimizing yield
  • gain insight into cost control options
  • discover the benefits of different farm structures
  • learn how family dynamics can impact efficiency
  • explore examples of agricultural activities that can add profit

Lunch is being served.

When: Wednesday December 3, 2014  |  10:00am - 3:30pm

Where: Black Diamond Golf Club  |  705 Pontypool Rd. Pontypool, ON

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Province Launches Community Food Program Donation Tax Credit

Farmers Eligible for 25% Tax Credit for Donations Made to Community Food Programs

As part of the Local Food Act, 2013, the provincial government has officially launched its new Community Food Program Donation Tax Credit, the first tax incentive of its kind in Canada. 

Farmers and farm businesses that donate agricultural products (i.e. fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy products) to eligible community food programs will now be eligible for a tax credit of 25 per cent of the fair market value of the donated product. The credit can be claimed for donations made on or after January 1, 2014. If you would like more information on what agricultural products and food programs are eligible, you can read the FAQ prepared by the Ministry of Finance or the final regulation.

In response to the launch of this new program, our friends over at Sustain Ontario are hosting a free webinar with OMAF Senior Policy Advsior, Ziyaad Vahed on October 23rd from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Ziyaad will speak about the new tax incentive program and will be joined by some Sustain Ontario members and allies who will engage in a thoughtful conversation about what kind of impact this new policy will have on Ontario’s food systems. Click here to register for the webinar.