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Dairy open house - Embrdale farm

We’ve been in the new robot barn for a year - come and see our new facility in operation! 10am - 4pm 

Your chance to see GEA robots in action and the cows in the composted pack - the Stockdales , local builders and tradespeople will be attending to answer any questions about the facility 

Hope to see you there 

Registration is not required
2523 asphodel 4th line

Growing with Biochar

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Join Farms at Work, Hello Farm, and Haliburton Forest Biochar for an enlightening farm tour exploring the applications and benefits of biochar. Register here:

Discover the potential of biochar through an in-depth tour of Hello Farm, a dynamic mixed vegetable operation specializing in Japanese and heirloom vegetables and proactive soil management. Learn from expert, Jeff Pettit, about the numerous benefits of using biochar as a soil amendment, how to work with it effectively, and where to source it. This workshop provides both practical and technical insights into biochar’s production and applications.

About the Hosts:

Ava Richardson co-runs Hello Farm, an organic market garden in Havelock, Ontario. After a decade of farming in Kyoto, Japan, Ava and Zenryu Owatari re-launched their farm in Havelock in 2021. They cultivate over 120 varieties of organic vegetables, including heirloom Japanese produce and local favorites. Their fresh produce and vegan meals are available at local farmers' markets and select wholesale customers.

Jeff Petit is the Business Development Manager at Haliburton Forest Biochar. With certifications in biological and nutritional farming, soil management, and microbe management, Jeff is passionate about organic and sustainable farming practices. Haliburton Forest Biochar, a division of Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve Ltd., produces high-quality biochar from the waste products of their sustainably managed forests.

Farms at Work is a non-profit organization working to protect healthy, active farmland across east central Ontario. For over a decade, Farms at work has been working to support farmers, new entrants, and landowners through education, mentorship, and research. 


Registration is required

Pasture Walk 2024

Sunderland Co-op & Gallagher Fencing presents the 2024 Pasture Walk!

Come on out on Thursday, June 6th from 5:30pm-8:30pm to educate yourself and improve your farm practices. Rotate through our 4 information stations including; Pasture mineral, ask the vet, rotational fencing using reel systems & soil sampling. 

Enjoy a BBQ supper provided by Peterborough County 4-H - all  proceeds benefitting Peterborough 4-H Sheep & Beef clubs. $20 per person, includes supper and all 4 education sessions. 

Contact Sunderland Co-op Peterborough for more information or to purchase your tickets - 705-745-4607. Tickets can be purchased prior to, or on the night of the event.

Special thanks to Heritage Cattle Company for graciously providing the space for Pasture Walk 2024!

Registration is required
3333 Highway 7, Norwood

Environmental Farm Plan Workshop - Douro Community Centre, June 12 & 19

Registration is required - 

The Environmental Farm Plan is a free, 2-day, facilitated workshop where farm families complete a voluntary assessment of their farm against established Best Management Practices, highlighting their farm’s environmental strengths, areas of concern, and set realistic action plans to improve environmental conditions. Updates on new practices and cost-share programs will be discussed. 

Registration is required
Douro Community Centre - Harvest Room

Market Animal Show & Sale

REMINDER: it's not to late to sign up, deadline is June 1st.   The Peterborough County Cattlemen's Association is pleased to announce that they will be hosting the 2nd annual Market Animal Competition and Sale.

Once again this year, it will be held in conjunction with our annual barbecue, scheduled to take place on August 10, 2024 and hosted at the farm of Paula & Scott Cornish & family of Whiskey Lane Livestock.  

The Market Animal Competition & Sale Committee is currently asking for consignments.  The entry deadline will be June 1, 2024. The rules and entry form are attached to this email. 

To receive a copy of the rules and entry form or to find out more information regarding the show & sale please contact Mike Fallis at

Peterborough County Agricultural Impact Study Presentation with Margaret Walton

The Peterborough County Federation of Agriculture is inviting you to a presentation on our recent Agricultural Impact Study for Peterborough County and City of Kawartha Lakes, facilitated by Margaret Walton of Planscape. 


This presentation will take place Thursday, April 25th at 2 pm in the Harvest Room of the Douro Community Centre. This session is in person only. 


Please let us know if you are attending by registering here:


Registration is required
Douro Community Centre, 2893 Highway 28

Ontario Developer & Peterborough County Farmers in project to Alleviate Hunger

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Ontario Developer teams up with Peterborough County Farmers in project to Alleviate Hunger

For the first time the Canadian Foodgrains Bank is partnering with an Ontario builder in a project to alleviate hunger. Mason Homes, a Stouffville-based builder of homes is allowing Peterborough-area farmers access to a 100-acre parcel of land to grow crops for the Foodgrains bank.

A special information session on the project will be held on Thursday, March 28th at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church which is located at 1140 St. Paul’s Street. Guest speaker will be Julie Derksen who grew up on a grain farm in Saskatchewan. She is the Supporter Relations Manager with the Foodgrains Bank and will share more information on the Foodgrains Bank growing projects and in particular some highlights of her recent visit to Kenya where she saw firsthand the impact Canadian farmers are having in alleviating hunger in that region. The meeting is expected to last a little over an hour.

Registration is not required

Nominations Being Received for Peterborough County Agricultural Wall of Fame

The Peterborough Country Agricultural Wall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations for the 2024 Induction Ceremony to be held on Sunday, August 25th at Lang Pioneer Village Museum in the Agricultural Heritage Building.  Farm and rural leaders in Peterborough County who have made contributions to the agriculture and agri-food industry at the local, regional, provincial or national levels can be nominated by organizations or interested individuals.  The deadline for nominations is May 1st.


Nominators must submit a nomination form, found on the committee’s website, which includes the name, address and description of the nominee’s achievements, leadership role and contributions to the industry.  The Peterborough County Agricultural Wall of Fame Committee will review all nominations.  Recipients and nominators will be notified by July 1st.  Previous nominations may be resubmitted with additional information. 


Nomination forms are available on the website:
or by contacting one of the following committee members: 
Carolyn Doris, Chair (705) 295-2755 or Joan Larmer, Secretary (705) 932-5242, Paula Cornish,
Francis Crowley, Glenn Darling, Patrick Leahy, Mary Ellen McCamus, Don Richardson, Colleen Terpstra.

Peterborough County Agricultural Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Please join us for the 2024 Peterborough County Agricultural Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony, celebrating excellence in the agriculture as we honour local farm and rural leaders. 

Sunday, August 25th at 2pm, Lang Pioneer Village Museum - Agricultural Heritage Building.

The deadline for nominations is May 1st, 2024.  

For more information, please visit our website at

Registration is not required
Lang Pioneer Village Museum - Agricultural Heritage Building
Otonabee-South Monaghan