November E-News

Pasture Potential: Marketing & Conservation Strategies

Tickets Are Going Quickly - Don't Delay, Sign Up Today! 

If you manage pasture on your farm, you'll want to be in the room on Monday December 7. That's when Farms at Work and the Couchiching Conservancy will welcome Wisconsin beef farmer and grazing specialist, Laura Paine to Lindsay for a full-day workshop on improving pasture systems to benefit the environment and your wallet. We'll also hear from Ron Reid of the Couchiching Conservancy about conservation production systems for birds and beef, as well as Bruce Enloe from the Two Rivers Food Hub, who will share the story of the successful Fitzroy Beef Co-op and what's next for the organization as they move into the future.  

Tickets to the event are $20 each, and include refreshments and a hot lunch. It's only been a week and we're nearly 50% sold out, so make sure to get yours soon! 

UOIT Agricultural Leadership Program 

Offered by the Management Development Centre at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, this new certificate program is meant to help those working in the agricultural sector improve their leadership, business and communication skills through five highly interactive workshops. Each five day program will run every other week from January 12 - March 8, 2016.

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Nutri-Facts Now Available for Download

IPNI has completed its most recent North American fact sheet series, Nutri-Facts. The easy-to-read series is comprised of 17 individual pieces that correspond to nutrients categorized as essential, beneficial, or important to plants. The series discusses the role of nutrients in plant metabolism, their reactions in soil, and solutions to overcoming deficiency. By explaining how each nutrient plays a vital role in plant growth, these fact sheets help us all understand the importance of fertilizer and soil fertility management.

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Drought-Proofing Your Land

Circle Organic

Join our friends over at Circle Organic for a one day workshop on water harvesting designs with permaculture designer, Douglas Barnes. This "Earthworks" course will teach you how to lessen the impact of drought on your land and will include classroom and field instruction, with principles illustrated by the system installed at Circle Organic. 

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East Central Farm Show

Mark your calendars for the 2016 East Central Farm Show, folks! Presented by the East Central District Soil and Crop Improvement Association, next year's Farm Show will take place March 2 & 3 in the Commonwell Exhibition Building at the Lindsay Fairgrounds. 

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