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Pollinator Habitat Field Day

Pollinator Habitat Field Day

Conserving native pollinators is easily achievable with minimal effort and some intentional planting. By creating low-cost pockets of pollinator-friendly plants, or maintaining the natural areas on their properties, farmers and landowners can support healthy populations of native pollinators, all without forfeiting productive ground.

Interested in learning more about the simple, practical strategies that you can use on your own farm to protect native pollinators? 

Come get your hands dirty with us for this FREE full day bus tour on Wednesday September 2! We'll visit two farms that have completed habitat conservation projects in the past, and then spend the afternoon working on a new planting project on a cattle farm outside of Lakefield. 

Seats are filling up quickly, so sign up soon if you're interested! For all the details, visit: www.pollinatorhabitat.eventbrite.ca

With generous funding support provided by:
TD Friends of the Environment Fund

Ontario Reminds Young Workers to Stay Safe This Summer

Province Helping young People to Know their Rights at Work

July 1, 2015  |  Ministry of Labour

With the summer job season gearing up, Ontario is reminding young workers - and their employers and supervisors - that they have rights and responsibilities at work under the law. 

More than 1.5 million young people aged 15 to 24 work across Ontario, and every year more than 6,000 are injured seriously enough to need time off work. 

By law, all workers including young workers, have the right to: 

  • Refuse unsafe work
  • Know about hazards in the workplace and how to protect their health and safety
  • Participate in resolving workplace health and safety concerns

Young workers are also entitled to minimum standards under the Employment Standards Act, which include: 

  • Limits to the number of hours they can be required to work or allowed to work
  • A certain number of hours free from work
  • An eating period
  • A regular pay period and payday

Employers, supervisors and parents can learn more by visiting Ontario.ca/YoungWorkers, Ontario's web portal on how to protect young workers on the job. 

Quick Facts

  • Every summer, the Ministry of Labour conducts a young worker health and safety blitz to make sure all workers know their rights - this year's four-month blitz began in May. 
  • Between 2009 and 2013, 30 young workers aged 15 to 24 died in work-related incidents and more than 30,000 received injuries resulting in lost time at work.
  • New and young workers are three times more likely to be injured during their first month of work than at any other time. 

Additional Resources

  • Learn more about protecting young workers.
  • For questions about workplace health and safety, call the Ministry of Labour at 1-800-531-5551. For questions about employment standards, call the ministry at 1-877-202-0008. Both toll-free lines provide service in multiple languages. 

Quotes

"All injuries and fatalities are preventable, and no person should be treated unfairly at work. We must strive to ensure that young workers - our own sons and daughters - have their workplace rights protected under the law and that they are able to come home to us safe and sound at the end of each shift." 

Kevin Flynn - Minister of Labour

New and Updated Funding Programs for On-Farm Projects

Farmland Stewardship Fund, Kawartha Conservation

Funding is available (50-75% with individual project caps) for City of Kawartha Lakes landowners with projects demonstrating a benefit to watershed health, such as: 

  • nutrient and soil loss
  • cropland and shoreline erosion
  • manure storage runoff
  • livestock access to watercourses
  • farm well management 
  • and other projects addressing water health

Priority is given to projects within the Talbot River sub watershed, however projects with significant stewardship potential in other CKL locations will be considered.

Kawartha Conservation will be holding two info sessions to outline the details of this new program: The first at 7pm at the Kirkfield Lion’s Club on July 15th and the second at 7pm at the Fenelon Falls Arena and Community Centre on July 20th

For more info, visit the Kawartha Conservation website, or contact Becky Parker: (705) 328-2271 x 223  |  bparker@kawarthaconservation.com

2015 SARFIP Updates, OSCIA

Funding is available (40-80% up to $20,000) for the adoption of BMPs to support your farm's native wildlife habitats, wetlands, streams/ponds, forests, pastures/grasslands and more. Visit the Species At Risk Farm Incentive Program website for full program details, or contact OSCIA at: (519) 826-3035  |  (226) 979-2465  |  sarfip@ontariosoilcrop.org

Ducks Unlimited Canada

Funding is available (up to 50% in priority areas) to support projects involving wildlife ponds, wetland restoration or creation, riparian buffer creation, wetland fencing, and nesting boxes. For more information, contact Jenn Lavigne: (705) 721-4444 x 245  |  j_lavigne@ducks.ca

Kawartha Farm Stewardship Collaborative

Further funding opportunties are available from partners in the KFSC. If you have on-farm projects in mind, visit kawarthafarmstewardship.org and let us know how we can help by filling out a project intake form. 

Great Looking Corn!

Check out these pics of the emerging flint corn at the The Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk) Flint Corn Seed-Saving & Education Project!

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

We planted the corn with the help of generous volunteers at our field day on May 29th. These seeds, collected from Mohawk communities 25 years ago, had been in the freezer for about 20 years. Now approximately 80% of the seeds we planted have germinated and are growing strong!

Please join us at our next volunteer field day on Friday June 19th! Contact rosie@farmsatwork.ca for more information.