News & Events - August 21

Pollinator Habitat Field Day - Still a Few Seats Left!

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 recently completed habitat conservation projects, 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:

September is Local Food Month! 

The City and County of Peterborough have declared September as Local Food Month, and 2015 is the inaugural year of events and opportunities for the whole community. Farms at Work and Transition Town have co-sponsored and organized the month, along with community volunteers. 

There are two ways that farmers can get involved: by registering for a booth at the Purple Onion Festival on September 20; and/or by participating in an Open Farms event.

The three farms already signed up to host Open Farms are inviting the public to visit their farm operations for a peek behind the scenes and a chance to meet the farmers. For a schedule of Open Farms, visit Local Food Month on Facebook. If you want to add to the roster of Open Farms by scheduling a tour at your farm, let us know by emailing

Eat Think Vote

Led by Food Secure Canada, Eat Think Vote is making food an issue in the upcoming federal election.

The Eat Think Vote campaign recognizes that agriculture in Canada is facing an unprecedented succession crisis. Half of the country’s farming population is over 55 and over 80% are looking to retire in the next ten years. The time to support new farmers and farmers transitioning to more sustainable forms of production is now. To read more on supporting new farmers, click here.

Eat Think Vote wants to see the creation of federal programs designed to reduce the barriers new farmers face in accessing land, capital and training, all of which are priorities for Farms at Work as well.

Read about the proposed national food policy for Canada, and consider signing the petition for a national food policy supporting a just, healthy, and sustainable food system in Canada.

To find an Eat Think Vote event in your community, click here.

Registration Now Open for the 5th Annual Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference

Hosted by the Cities of Belleville and Quinte West, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. This year’s conference theme is “Creativity+Collaboration=Action”.

The focus of the conference will centre around innovative businesses and organizations that realize the value of collaboration to help pave the way to success. Participants will tour local food sites, collaborate with local food stakeholders, be inspired by speakers and network with peers and industry experts. Local food producers and others that support local food can now register for the November 4th Local Food Tour and Reception, followed by a full conference agenda on November 5th.

Online registration is open at Attendees can register for the full conference including the Quinte Region Local Food Tour and Reception scheduled for Nov. 4th.

To stay up-to-date on the latest news about the Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference, visit them on Facebook and Twitter.


CFO Artisanal Chicken Program - Sept 4 Application Deadline! 

CFO - Artisanal Chicken Program

Prospective applicants who want to grow chicken in 2016 are required to complete an application form with details of their production, intended markets and pricing.  Full compliance with the On-Farm Food safety Assurance Program (OFFSAP) and the Animal Care Program will be required to maintain biosecurity and industry standards which support the long term sustainability of the chicken industry in Ontario.

This new program will enable successful applicants to grow 600 - 3,000 birds per year.

The closing date for submissions for 2016 Applications is September 4, 2015. For full program details, and an application form, visit the CFO website