Get to know grain farm­ers

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Grain Farm­ers of On­tario has started “52 Weeks of Your Farm­ers” as part of the Good in Ev­ery Grain pub­lic out­reach cam­paign.

The weekly pro­files build on the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s suc­cess with the Your Farm­ers project in 2016 which show­cased three On­tario grain farm­ers reg­u­larly shar­ing videos and pho­tos from their farms and their daily lives through­out Spring, Sum­mer and Fall. Now, Good in Ev­ery Grain is tak­ing it to the next level. Ev­ery week through­out 2017 an On­tario grain farmer will be pro­filed at Good­inEveryGra­in.ca/YourFarm­ers.

The pro­files will in­clude pho­tos, in­for­ma­tion about their oper­a­tions, as well as per­sonal in­for­ma­tion to help the non-farm­ing pub­lic re­late to the farm­ers. “By show­ing the pub­lic the faces and sto­ries of our On­tario grain farm­ers, we hope to help bridge the gap be­tween the non-farm­ing pub­lic and farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties,” says Meghan Burke, Man­ager of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Grain Farm­ers of On­tario. “Much of the ur­ban pop­u­la­tion has lim­ited ac­cess to farm­ing. We want to give ev­ery­one a chance to know farm­ers and feel com­fort­able reach­ing out to farm­ers when they have ques­tions about how grains are grown, har­vested, and used.”

Eco Farm Day

“The 3 Rs of Or­ganic Agri­cul­ture: Restora­tive, Re­spon­si­ble, Re­silient” is the theme of Eco Farm Day Fe­bru­ary 25 in Corn­wall. The key­note ad­dress, “Work­ing To­gether To­wards Restora­tive Agri­cul­ture,” will be de­liv­ered by Mark Shep­ard, owner of New For­est Farm, of Wis­con­sin. Fe­bru­ary 26, an all-day in­ten­sive ses­sion with Mr. Shep­ard, who will speak about restora­tion agri­cul­ture. Other ses­sions in­clude agro-forestry and water man­age­ment, the Farm­ersville Com­mu­nity Abat­toir, out­door mush­room cul­ti­va­tion on or­ganic farms, women or­ganic farm­ers, deal­ing with peren­nial weeds, crop plan­ning and records man­age­ment and small fruit pro­duc­tion. For in­for­ma­tion, eco­far­m­[email protected] or 613-487-2257. Visit eco­far­m­day.ca for de­tails. The event is or­ga­nized by the Ot­tawa-St. Lawrence-Outaouais chap­ter of the Canadian Or­ganic Grow­ers.

Bur­sary win­ner

Cas­sidy Smith, of Berwick, was one of three post- sec­ondary stu­dents who re­ceived On­tario Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture’s 80th an­niver­sary bur­sary at the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s 2016 an­nual gen­eral meet­ing. The re­cip­i­ent of $3,500, who comes from a fam­ily farm, is in her sec­ond year of the Farm Man­age­ment and Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram at McGill Univer­sity.

Win­ners were se­lected for their vol­un­teer and agri­cul­tural in­dus­try re­lated ac­com­plish­ments, in­ter­est in agri­cul­ture and ru­ral is­sues, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and aca­demic per­for­mance.

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