Join Farms at Work and and their partners, for an exciting two days of learning and networking at SustainAg: A Farmer2Farmer Tour & Workshop across East Central Ontario! Come out and be inspired by other local farmers! This free in-person event will take place on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 with a self-driven farm tour filled with stops throughout East Central Ontario and end with a hybrid (in-person and zoom) Inspiration to Action workshop Thursday, October 5th, 2023.
A great way to celebrate #OntAgWeek!
Wednesday and Thursday | Farm Tour
After you register you will be provided with a map of the scheduled farm tour locations welcoming you throughout the region.
Wednesday, Oct 4th 10am (Kawartha Lakes) | Tour of Victoria County Community Pasture (learn about rotational grazing and community space). Thank you to our partner Victoria County Community Pasture.
*Wednesday, Oct 4th 1:30pm (Haliburton) | Get Inspired at Waverly Brook Farm (Learn about four seasons of production and business planning). Thank you to our sponsors, Ignatius Farm New Farmer Training Program and the County of Haliburton. Thank you to our partner Harvest Haliburton.
*Thursday, Oct 5th 10am (Northumberland) | Knowledge sharing with Cold Springs Organics (learn about a CSA market garden). Thank you to our sponsor, Ignatius Farm New Farmer Training Program.
Thursday, Oct 5th 1pm (Peterborough) | Conversation and tour of a conservation easement (learn about succession options). Thanks to our partner Kawartha Land Trust.
Thursday, Oct 5th 3pm (Peterborough) | Join Green Economy Peterborough as we launch the Net-zero Farm Pilot Project (learn about net zero farming).
Thursday, Oct 5th 3:15pm (Peterborough) | Tour Woodleigh Farms (learn about regenerative farming and business planning)
*These tours will be two hours in length and are geared toward aspiring and new farmers. All farmers are welcome.
Thursday 5:30PM-7:30PM | Workshop
The event ends with a hands-on, hybrid (virtual and in-person) workshop that will walk participants through how to take inspiration to action by building a sustainable action plan for their farm. The in-person event will be held at Wood Leigh Farms (Peterborough). Location details and agenda will follow registration.
The goal of the farm tour is to bring together aspiring, new, existing, and experienced farmers to inspire action toward each pillar of sustainability (economic, social, and environmental) on farms in East Central Ontario.
Successful farming businesses need to be sustainable, especially as climate change makes farms within East Central Ontario, and other regions, more vulnerable. It is hard to start a new farming or business practice, especially during uncertain times. This workshop will help in making sustainable actions more accessible.
Please be aware that washroom facilities will not be available at all venues. This is an all weather event so please dress for being outside in all weather. Please bring your own refreshments. Some locations will require participants to walk rugged terrain and climb steps.