News/Events - December 2012

Kawartha Farm Stewardship Workshop

The Kawartha Farm Stewardship Collaborative will be hosting a Farm Stewardship Workshop on Saturday January 19, 2013 at the Peterborough Naval Association’s Admiralty Hall. The cost to attend the workshop is $10 and includes hot lunch as well as optional satellite mapping of your farm. The event is open to farmers and farmland owners throughout east-central Ontario.

Participants will hear from industry experts and local farmers on the practical and economic benefits of stewardship practices for farm businesses. As well, participants will learn how to create, protect and receive funding for pollinator habitat on farmland. There will be one-on-one project planning opportunities for fencing, alternate watering systems, wetland and stream restoration and nutrient management. Representatives from various agencies will be on hand to discuss the funding options available.

If you are interested in learning more about how your property and your farm business would benefit from a stewardship project, then this informative and interactive workshop is meant for you!

Pre-registration is required by January 12, 2013. For further information or to register, please contact Jay Adam from Farms at Work: jadam.farmsatwork@gmail.com, or 705-344-1760.Peterborough Naval Association

Central Ontario Grazing Network

Laura Glover (dairy farmer) and Ann Clark (custom grazing) are starting a new Grazing Network for Central Ontario. Anyone interested in pasturing livestock on commercial and home-scales (from dairy and beef cattle to laying hens and broilers) are welcome to join.

The vision is for the network to function as a hub of communication among Central Ontario grazing farmers. There will be roughly 6 “pasture walks” a year on different farms, where members can share ideas and techniques on issues identified by host farmers. These will be informal, producer-to-producer chats led by the host farmer(s), followed by coffee and tea. 

The first pasture walk is scheduled to take place (come rain, snow or shine) from 1 to 3pm., on Sunday December 16, 2012 at Glover’s Farm, located at 138 Honey Line, Warkworth, ON.

For directions, Google “138 Honey Line, Trent Hills, ON”. From the town of Hastings, drive south 6km on #25, turn left on Honey Line. 138 is on the north side of the road.

Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP with Laura Glover:
lauraglover05@hotmail.com
(705) 924-9347

Central Ontario Grazing Network

Laura Glover (dairy farmer) and Ann Clark (custom grazing) are starting a new Grazing Network for Central Ontario. Anyone interested in pasturing livestock on commercial and home-scales (from dairy and beef cattle to laying hens and broilers) are welcome to join.

The vision is for the network to function as a hub of communication among Central Ontario grazing farmers. There will be roughly 6 “pasture walks” a year on different farms, where members can share ideas and techniques on issues identified by host farmers. These will be informal, producer-to-producer chats led by the host farmer(s), followed by coffee and tea. 

The first pasture walk is scheduled to take place (come rain, snow or shine) from 1 to 3pm., on Sunday December 16, 2012 at Glover’s Farm, located at 138 Honey Line, Warkworth, ON.

For directions, Google “138 Honey Line, Trent Hills, ON”. From the town of Hastings, drive south 6km on #25, turn left on Honey Line. 138 is on the north side of the road.

Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP with Laura Glover:
lauraglover05@hotmail.com
(705) 924-9347

2013 Beekeeping Mentorship Program

Farms at Work is proud to announce its brand new Central Ontario Beekeeping Mentorship Program for the beekeeping season of 2013!

Sponsored with the cooperation of the Central Ontario Beekeepers Association, Farms At Work is offering mentorship from experienced apiarist, Jerry Jerrard, of Kawartha Lakes Honey from February to October, 2013.

Only qualified applicants will be accepted and space is limited, so apply early! See the flyer below for all the nitty gritty! 

It’s Never Too Cold to Learn a bit about Business Management!

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On Sunday November 25, 2012, Farms at Work hosted a business management tour in pastured livestock at Kingsholm Farms in Campbellford, Ontario. Despite the cold temperature that day, the event was well-attended, with close to 30 participants donning their warmest toques, boots and mittens to ward off the beginnings of winter.

The tour was led by farm owner and operator, Kevin King, whose family has been raising livestock since 1879. We also had the pleasure of hearing from farm manager, Will. Both gentlemen regaled the group with stories of the difficulties and the satisfaction of raising livestock on pasture.

We got to meet Mr. Pig, one of Kingsholm’s finest Tamworth boars, and we heard from the farmers on their marketing and production strategies as they relate to pastured hog production. We also had the distinct pleasure of hearing directly from Max, Kevin’s Red Poll bull, on the quality of pasture life at Kingsholm Farms (he became very vocal once he was comfortable with the group). 

 

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Business Management Tour 03

 

After the walking tour, we found ourselves greeted in front of the new barn by Margo, Kevin’s wife, who had graciously prepared hot chocolate, tea, coffee and home baked cookies for all the participants. It was definitely an unexpected and pleasant end to a chilly walk around the farm.

Farms at Work would like to thank the Ecological Farmer’s Association of Ontario for their support on this farm tour, as well as all the eager participants who braved the weather to learn about pastured livestock. And of course, we need to thank Kevin, Margo and Will at Kingsholm Farms for the generosity of their time, knowledge and hospitality. It was an absolute pleasure!

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming farm tours in your region!