Events

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Canadian Organic Growers Events

 

Earth Day at Diversity Gardens

Wednesday April 22: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to be nurturing seeds and baby plants? Volunteer for 2 hours in our greenhouse and then sow some heritage vegetable and flower seeds for your own garden. We’ll give you everything you need to start some flowers, herbs or vegetables - or bring your own seeds to start.

Contact us at cogpww@sympatico.ca or 519-885-9584 for more information.

 

Perennial Gardens Work Bee

Saturday April 25, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Join us to celebrate earth week with the opening of our perennial gardens. Work along side experienced organic growers and use the opportunity to get all the free advice you need for your garden this year. All volunteers will be able to take home a thank-you package of seeds and vegetable plants.


Seedy Saturday - Seed Swap & Sale

Saturday April 25, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bring seeds to trade, or purchase seeds that our gardeners have treasured. Browse our organic library and get a preview of our new gardens demonstrating heritage vegetables and organic vegetable rotations.

 

Producer Events

 

Transition to Certified Organic Farming

March 20 and 21, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Mariposa Farm, Plantagenet

This two day course is designed for currently practicing farmers who want to take their present operation through to certification. Time is allotted for the participant to start to working on a model for their own operation. Cost includes a copy of the Canadian Organic Grower’s Gaining Ground book and a participant’s manual.

Cost $160 for EFAO members and $200 for non-members. Register with the EFAO office, 1 877-822-8606 or info@efao.ca.

 

Storage, Root Cellaring and Season Extension

Saturday, March 21

Hosted by Michelle Jory (519-773-3341) and Kris Dimnik

Fruit Production

Friday, March 27, 10am to 3 pm

Whole Village Farm, 20725 Shaw's Creek Rd. Caledon

John Wise will be the resource person. He is a certified organic farmer who works a mixed farm with strawberries, raspberries, market garden, grains, hay and pasture for beef, pigs and hens. He has experience with orchards as well and is a member of the Quinte Co-op.

Contact Brenda (519) 941-1099 for more information.

 

Workshops

Growing Your Farm Profits Workshop for New Farmers!

March 19th - 9:30am - 3:30pm and March 23rd -10am - 3:30pm

Ignatius Jesuit Centre , Hwy 6 North

This OMAFRA/OSCIA workshop is being hosted by FarmStart, and is specifically aimed at bringing together new ecological farmers. If you've been farming commercially for less than 10 years, this workshop is a great opportunity to assess your farm business and to connect with valuable resources to help move your business forward. The Growing Your Farm Profits (GYFP) workshop will help you: 1) Complete a self-assessment of your current farm management practices; 2) Prioritize goals for your farm; 3) Identify resources that can help meet these goals; 4) Write an Action Plan to improve farm management skills and knowledge

To register for this workshop visit FarmStart's website at www.farmstart.ca/planning-your-new-farm-business. The workshop is free and lunch is provided. For more information on the workshop contact Ali English (ali@farmstart.ca).


Planning Your Organic Vegetable Garden

Saturday, March 28, 10:00 am - 4:00  pm

St. Marks Lutheran Church, Kitchener

 

Presented by REEP, The Working Centre and Everdale, with Gavin Dandy, farm manager at Everdale.

 

Learn how to grow delicious organic vegetables right in your own backyard.

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be served. Please bring your own lunch. Cost is $85. Register at www.everdale.org/node/21.

 

Conferences

Outlining the Opportunities in Culinary Tourism

Monday, March 23th - 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Reception 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Arden Park Hotel: 552 Ontario Street

There is a lot of talk about the importance of buying local, culinary tourism, food sustainability and supporting our local farmers. However, how does a restaurant, B&B, hotel or retail store feature local food? What are the opportunities and the challenges with serving local food? What is the benefit to your business - for the farmer, the restaurant and the buyer? What is Culinary Tourism? The Regional Food Summit at the Arden Park Hotel in Stratford on March 23, 2009 will address these questions, allow you to meet your chef/farmer partners, outline the local food opportunities and more!

Pre-registration is required. The registration fee is $35 per person and includes lunch and an evening networking reception with local food and Ontario wine. For complete details and to register, visit www.welcometostratford.com/foodsummit or contact Danielle Brodhagen at 519-271-5140 x 2229 or e-mail STAculinary@gmail.com

 

Farm Tours

 

 

Local and Organic Food Festivals/Celebrations