News & Events
Come Celebrate the Wonderful World of Native Bees!
When: Saturday November 1, 2014 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: $30/person (includes lunch and a copy of A Landowner's Guide to Conserving Native Pollinators in Ontario)
On Saturday November 1, 2014, Farms at Work will present this full day workshop designed for farmers, landowners and concerned citizens. Pollination Biologist, Susan Chan will outline the fundamentals of pollination, as well as habitat requirements for pollinators and beneficial insects. Case studies will be presented, and strategies for mitigating threats to pollinators will be proposed.
Susan has been invited to give presentations to thousands of people across Ontario, and her extensive research is inspiring farmers and landowners to implement pollinator conservation plans on their own properties.
Our special guest, Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, Medical Officer of Health for Peterborough City and County, will speak to recent research completed by Public Health Ontario on neonicotinoid pesticides.
Participants will each receive a copy of Farms at Work's A Landowner's Guide to Conserving Native Pollinators in Ontario, and will participate by building a nest for cavity-dwelling bees to take home for use on their own properties.
There will also be ample time to visit the Pollinator Exhibition, where participants can interact with stewardship organizations and regional businesses that provide pollinator-friendly plant material and services to landowners. If you operate a native plant nursery, or are part of a stewardship organization, and would like to become an exhibitor, please let us know!
We'd like to formally thank and recognize the generous support of the Peterborough Foundation, without whom this event would not be possible.
Join Us As We Celebrate 35 Great Years with the EFAO!
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 FarmStart, Everdale, 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:
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.
OSCIA Food Safety Webinar Series to Kick Off Soon
Our friends over at the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association are gearing up to launch their six-part series of On-Farm Food Safety webinars, set to start this Thursday, October 9th.
If you are looking to keep up to do on the latest in food safety practices, including assessment of your operation to identify areas of high food safety risks, then you are invited to join any or all of the webinars listed below:
- October 9: Pest Control, Building Maintenance and Visitors
- October 16: Recall and Traceability
- October 30: Cleaning and Sanitizing
- November 13: Pre- and Post-Harvest Water
- November 27: Soil Amendments
- January 2015 (exact date TBD): Worker Practices
Each webinar will include fullsome discussions about on-farm food safety risks and the good agricultural practices (GAPs) that can be used to mitigate those risks. Growing Forward 2 funding opportunities are also discussed, including how to assess your operation and work towards a food safety action plan.
All workshops are offered as free webinars online, taken from the comfort of your home or business. All you need is an Internet connection and phone. If you are interested in participating, please visit the registration page.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | 1-800-265-9751.
Cash Prizes Available for On-Farm Tinkerers, Menders and Modifiers
Our friends over at Farm & Food Care Ontario have just announced an exciting new contest for all you on-farm MacGyvers out there!
FFC is launching the province-wide Farm Invention Challenge, with $9,000 in cash prizes available for winning entries in the categories of animal care and water efficiency and quality.
Farm & Food Care will profile winning entries as part of their commitment to doing the right thing in animal care and the environment. The Farm Invention Challenge will help share creative ideas and methods that farmers are using on their farms every day.
For full contest details, visit the Farm & Food Care website.
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