September News & Events

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Maple Syrup Mentorship Program

If you're a complete beginner who's wondering how best to start out in the maple business, or if you've been producing maple products for a while now and are looking to improve efficiencies and grow your business, then this new program is meant for you! 

For all the nitty gritty, head on over to the Maple Syrup Mentorship pages, or give us a call at (705) 743-7671. 

Registration Now Open! 

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

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.

2nd Annual EFAO Conference

Ecological Farmers of Ontario

Registration for EFAO’s 2nd Annual Conference "Our Living Soils" will open on Thursday, October 1st.  Join over 250 ecological growers and supporters from across Ontario (and beyond!) December 3rd to 5th at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, London, for an incredible three days of tours, workshops, and celebration.  You will leave with new ideas, new friends, and new inspiration.  

For more details, check out the Conference website.

Take a Moment, Take the Survey!

Food and Water First

The Ontario government wants to know what you think about extracting aggregate on prime agricultural land. OMAFRA has helped prepare a short questionnaire for farmers, stakeholders, academics, aggregate producers and YOU to provide some input. The deadline for submissions is next Friday, October 2nd. If some of the questions are not within your area of expertise, skip them. 

To access the survey, click here. Please feel free to share it!

If you have any questions, please contact

National Agricultural Leaders Debate

Canadian Federation of Agriculture

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture will be broadcasting next week's Agricultural Leaders Debate live on their website. The debate will take place on Wednesday September 30, from 11am - 1pm EST. To register for the live webcast, cick here

The debate will be moderated by Andrew Campbell, farmer, #farm365 initiator, and owner of FreshAir Media. Panelists will include: 

  • Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Hon. Gerry Ritz
  • Malcolm Allen, NDP Agriculture Critic
  • Mark Eyking, Liberal Agriculture Critic
  • Bruce Hyer, Deputy Leader, Green Party

So You Missed Pollinator Habitat Field Day? 

Not to worry, it was too hot to be out that day anyway! But, we brought along our camera and put together some footage of the great work being done by Peterborough County farmers to conserve habitat for native pollinators. Check us out on YouTube to see a bit of what you missed! 

Pollinator Habitat Field Day