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FAW Mentees Attend Maple Syrup Info Day!

Maple Syrup Mentees at Info Day
Participants in Farms at Work's Maple Syrup Production Mentorship Program attended the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers' Association's annual info day last Thursday! The association invited all local producers to Campbellford to learn about current topics in maple syrup production and to meet other producers in the region.

Register for one of our mentorship programs to participate in unique learning opportunities like this, and to gain practical skills in your area of interest! Click here for more information.

Farm Employers and Job Seekers meet at the FarmWork Job Fair!

FarmWork Job Fair Booth
Farm employers and hopeful job seekers gathered in Peterborough on Friday at east central Ontario's first FarmWork Job Fair. Attendees heard advice from a panel of farm employers on how to ensure that hiring decisions benefit both the employer and farm worker. Presentations on employment standards, WSIB and health and safety considerations on the farm informed participants on these important topics, and provided resources to find more information.
 
Farm employers came from far and wide, travelling from as far as Prince Edward County, to fill up to 60 job openings. About 75 job seekers registered for the event from Trent University, Fleming College and the wider community, in hopes of finding on-farm employment. The day was a great success and Farms at Work looks forward to hosting the job fair again next year!
Farm Work Job Fair Presentation

Thank you to Agri-Food Management Institute for funding this event, and to our generous sponsors, Durham Region Economic Development and FoodWork.ca.

To hear more about the FarmWork Job Fair, check out this article in the Peterborough Examiner.

KFSC Farm Stewardship Day: Register Now!

KFSC-Workshop

The Kawartha Farm Stewardship Collaborative (KFSC) invites farmers and rural landowners to attend the 4th annual Farm Stewardship Workshop on Saturday February 6, 2016 at Westdale United Church in Peterborough.  

 

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear knowledgeable speakers on current topics!

Highlights for this full-day workshop will include presentations on:

  • Changing Climate and Agriculture: Featuring OFA president Don McCabe and U of Guelph Professor and Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production Ralph Martin 
  • Priority invasive plants impacting farms in the Kawarthas
  • Local Source Water Protection updates
  • Stewardship funding sources and technical support for on-farm projects

 

Doors open at 9:30 AM, program starts at 10:00 AM. Ticket purchase includes a hot lunch. Satellite farm maps will be available on request at no charge.

Register online at www.kawarthafarmstewardship.org, or contact Farms at Work at info@farmsatwork.ca or at (705) 743-7671 for more information.

Beautiful Corn Harvest!

The Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk) Flint Corn Seed-Saving & Education Project has wound up for the season.

Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk) Flint Corn Seed-Saving & Education Project

In 2015, this project engaged over fifty volunteers, one hundred youth, and over one hundred Trent students. Together we:

  • built 44 mounds for the three sisters (corn, squash and beans);
  • planted 4,000 corn seeds from four distinct landraces of white flint corn;
  • hand pollinated hundreds of cobs;
  • harvested and braided thousands of cobs;
  • held a corn lying workshop;
  • and feasted on fabulous foods!

Partners Farms at Work and TRACKS (TRent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge and Science Initiative) want to thank everyone involved, and especially Haudenosaunee grower Ieiérhes Karolyn Givogue Grant (who camped out to get the hand pollination finished!), and amazing go-to Trent student Nikki Auten, who has simply done everything possible over the last few months to support the project's success.

Plans are underway for 2016! If you can help, let us know.

Note: If you want to read more about this project, search for "corn" on this site!

Farm Work Job Fair: Register Now!

Farm Work Job Fair

Looking for on-farm work experience? Need to hire staff for the 2016 season?

Then join us on Friday January 15, 2016 in Peterborough for east central Ontario's first ever Farm Work Job Fair for the opportunity to meet and network with employers and job seekers from across the farming community.

Presented by Farms at Work, Employment Planning & Counselling, and the Trent University Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Society, with the support of the Agricultural Management Institute, the job fair will include a workshop session where speakers will provide helpful tips for employers and job seekers, including:

  • Strategies for developing strong working relationships and avoiding pitfalls from a panel of successful farm employers
  • The Top 10 things to know about Employment Standards for Agricultural Workers in Ontario

This event is free for Job Seekers and $20 for employers (which includes booth space). Pre-registration is required as seating and booth space are limited. Sign up today using the form below, or visit farmworkjobfair.eventbrite.ca for more info.