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Need a Break?! Register and send in your 2020 photo

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Beat the Winter Blues has been planned by volunteers in the local Junior Farmers and the Ag Roundtable for all of us - the farm community in Peterborough.

An hour of family-friendly games. Watch the 2020 slideshow of local farm families. All you need is a computer and a snack! Zoom will be used. If you need help using it, just reach out to 

Free. Pass it on.

Register here:

Even if you can't make it, please do send in a photo of your family on the farm in 2020 ASAP. Email it to and we will include it in the slideshow! Be sure to tell us the family and farm name and general location so we can add those words to your slide.

Lakefield Farmers' Market is looking for a Market Manager for the 2021 Season

Entering its 11th season, the Lakefield Market runs from Mid May till Thanksgiving steps away from Isabel Morris Park (in the Lakefield-Smith Arena parking lot). A producers-only market, it features locally grown produce, baking and prepared meals, a variety of arts and crafts, buskers and a great community vibe.

Job Description:

As manager of the Lakefield Farmer's Market, you will be responsible for various administrative and promotional tasks as well as being present at weekly markets.

Administrative tasks include recruiting new vendors, accepting vendor applications and bringing them to the Board for review, keeping records of attendance and sales, collecting vendor fees, organizing the market stall layout, responding to inquiries, keeping vendors informed, and working with the board.

You will also be required to attend board meetings throughout the year and to help organize the Annual General Meeting that generally happens in October or November.

Promotional tasks include working with the Board on promotion and advertising strategies, helping to maintain the website and social media presence and helping to co-ordinate special events, buskers etc.

On market days, you will be responsible for overseeing set-up and tear-down, putting up temporary signage around town, setting up and looking after the market booth, being available to assist vendors and customers, trouble shooting should any issues arise, and tracking vendor and customer attendance. The Market runs rain or shine, so the manager must be willing to work in all weather conditions. The manager must be physically able to lift and move items up to 25kg for set up and tear down of the signs and tents.


Previous work and or volunteer experience with a community organization or non-profit.

Self-direction and organizational skills

Co-operative nature: You will be working with many different folks: the board, the vendors, and the public

Ability to maintain clear records

Great communication and interpersonal skills

Computer skills (excel, word, social media) and access to a computer

Interest in and understanding of local agriculture and alternative food systems

Connections with the local community

Reliable and consistent access to a vehicle

Ability to set up tables, tents and signage (Physical ability to lift and move items up to 25kg)

Knowledge of/ Willingness to learn about the various rules and regulations affecting farmers markets and sales of food

Willingness to work in all weather conditions

Please send cover letter and resume to
Application deadline: 2021-01-22

Beat the Winter Blues - Wednesday January 20

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Get together with fellow farmers for an hour of virtual fun. Play family-friendly games for prizes! Preview the "2020 Peterborough Farm Show"...and more. Registration and participation is easy and support will be provided if needed.


Register here:

Registration is required: Yes
Virtual via Zoom

Save the dates!

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The Peterborough Agricultural Roundtable is planning three free events for farmers in Peterborough this winter.

Get out your 2021 calendar and mark them in now!

January 20: Beat the Winter Blues 7PM

Get together online with fellow farmers for an hour of fun and frivolity. Gather round the screen and be prepared to join up with other farm households to play family-friendly games for prizes! Send in your photo for the "2020 Peterborough Farm Show". Registration is required.

Register here:


February 17: Mental Health 101

Stress Management and Mental Health Enhancement  presented by CMHA - details TBA


March 24: Farm Safety




Peterborough County Cattlemen AGM

Peterborough County Cattlemen's Association

Keeping everyone's health and safety in mind, this year's AGM will be held virtually, using Zoom.  Please be sure to contact the, to receive the log-in information to join our Zoom AGM session.  This information will be sent out closer to the AGM date, so watch your inbox if you are currently receiving emails from the Peterborough County Cattlemen

Registration is required: Yes
Zoom - on-line

Two new videos – Peterborough Beef and Dairy

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Both videos showcase the many farms, distributors, processors and retailers working hard to ensure that we have fresh, healthy and local beef and milk products available in our region! They were made by local film-maker Brian Mitolo, produced by Farms at Work and made possible with financial support from, Sunderland Coop, Peterborough County Federation of Agriculture, Trent University, Peterborough Cattlemen, and the Province of Ontario.

You can view these and other videos showcasing local farms at 

BFO Responds to Temporary Closure of Cargill Meat Solutions

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BFO Responds to Temporary Closure of Cargill Meat Solutions

December 17, 2020 (Guelph, Ont.) – Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) is aware of the temporary closure of Cargill Meat Solutions in Guelph, eastern Canada’s largest federal beef processing plant. The closure, announced late yesterday, is a result of a number of positive COVID-19 cases detected among employees at the facility.

On behalf of Ontario’s beef farmers, our highest priority is to acknowledge the health of the employees and their families, and we sincerely hope all affected individuals recover well from the virus. Our provincial and federal processing plants have been working hard throughout the pandemic to ensure the safety of their employees and to keep cattle volumes and beef moving through their plants. 

We understand that the last twelve months have been a tumultuous time for our members as we continue to navigate the lack of processing capacity in the province which has been compounded by the pandemic. In this situation, we have been working closely with Cargill and both levels of government over the last several days to find ways to support the facility, its workers and beef farmers.

As part of this support, we immediately requested that the Ontario Beef Cattle Set-Aside Program be activated for our members. This program was announced early this year by government to help manage potential backlogs in processing due to the pandemic.  We will be communicating details of the program as soon as they are finalized.  The program may be triggered as soon as next week.

BFO, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, and the Ontario Cattle Feeders Association are working collectively with both levels of government on other potential short-term measures to help mitigate the fallout from the current situation.

BFO encourages members impacted by this situation to begin by contacting their financial institution to discuss options for short-term support.

As always, if farmers are in need of a safe and judgement free space to talk, we encourage them to call Crisis Services Canada (1.833.456.4566) where trained responders are available round the clock. 

The Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) represent 19,000 beef producers in Ontario by advocating in the areas of sustainability, animal health and care, environment, food safety, and domestic and export market development. BFO’s vision is to help foster a sustainable and profitable beef industry, and have Ontario beef recognized as an outstanding product by our consumers.


For more information
LeaAnne Wurmli, Director of Communications, BFO

University Scholarships available - December 31 deadline

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Students from East Central area Durham, Haliburton, Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes (Victoria), York. 


Enrolled in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year at a post-secondary institution or agricultural college. Twelve scholarships in the amount of $1000 - selection takes into account academic performance, leadership, contribution to community, involvement in rural youth organizations, with emphasis on conservation and environmental goals.

Application form is online at

Deadline to apply December 31, 2020 contact

CAP Grant Applications open December 9th!

The next cost-share application intake of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) opens on December 9 and closes at 5pm on January 6. 

See  for more information about project categories - including food safety and traceability, marketing and business plans, environmental improvements, animal health and biosecurity and more.

Read the category details carefully including which type of project components are Eligible and what is Not Eligible.  Ensure you are eligible and have the Required Documentation.

Applications will be reviewed using a merit-based review process and are approved on a continuous basis while funds remain available. Even if you have current funded projects ongoing, you may make up to two new applications in this intake.

Electronic applications forms are available by clicking a box at the bottom of the website category. 

Peterborough REKO Network - Calling All Farmers

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A Peterborough REKO Network is launching this spring and is looking for farm vendors. REKO networks give communities a new way to buy locally grown produce. Farmers will be able to sell directly to consumers over a shared Facebook group, with pickup happening at a third party location once a week. For more information visit REKO Canada, or contact the REKO Peterborough Facebook page for a vendor application.