Get to know grain farmers
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.
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.