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Building a Healthy Agro-Ecosystem with Hedgerows

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Join Farms at Work and Green Economy Peterborough for a lunch and learn webinar on Feb 28 from 12pm - 1pm!

Explore the role that hedgerows and biodiversity corridors play in healthy agro-ecosystems and learn about support available for your next project.

We’ll be joined by pollinator expert, Susan Chan, Doug Kennedy of Green Side Up, and Ola Pasternak of Kawartha Conservation. Don't miss this opportunity to grow your knowledge and your farm. Let's cultivate a future where nature and agriculture thrive together! 

 

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Free Family day activities - Douro Arena

Come out to the Douro Arena on Family Day, Monday Feb 19th at 3:30 p.m. for a free family fun skate.  Peterborough 4-H will be there with info about 4-H clubs and opportunities for 2024 and there will be a group meeting about agritourism opportunities in Peterborough.  

Sponsored by the Peterborough Federation of Agriculture.

Registration is not required
Douro Community Centre
Douro Dummer

Congratulations to Hello Farm!

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Award Winners and Roundtable Representatives

 

Pictured above from left to right are Jim Martin (Mayor of Havelock Belmont Methuen), Bonnie Clark (Warden of Peterborough County and Roundtable Member),  Award Winners Kiyotami (Zenryu) Owatari and Ava Richardson of Hello Farm, Garth Stoner (Sunderland Co-op) and Elmer Buchanan (Roundtable Member)
 
The second annual Peterborough Agricultural Innovation Award was presented on Thursday February 15th, 2024 to Ava Richardson and Kiyotami (Zenryu) Owatari of Hello Farm. The farm was presented with $500 and a presentation plaque. The Award was created by the Peterborough Agricultural Roundtable, and is co-sponsored by Sunderland Co-op.
 
While Ava previously farmed in our region, she moved to Japan where she met Zenryu and farmed there for eight years. Now, as a new Canadian, Zenryu is bringing techniques used in Japan to their new market garden location north of Havelock.
 
In order to prepare the land and improve soil fertility, moisture retention and tilth, they have been applying biochar and bran to their soils. Zenryu brought a biochar chimney from Japan, where he used rice husk to create biochar. In Canada, he has successfully substituted spelt husks. In addition to biochar, he adds raw bacteria-rich wheat bran to the soil in place of rice bran. Ava and Zenryu have observed an increase in their overall crop yields due to the resulting increase in soil fertility and beneficial bacteria present.
 
“Congratulations to Ava and Zenryu for your visionary approach to improving soil fertility on your farm and for winning the prestigious Innovation Award! Your dedication to pushing the boundaries of agricultural excellence is deserving of recognition and celebration. Thank you for choosing to contribute and lead in the agricultural community of Peterborough County.” – Peterborough County Warden Bonnie Clark

 

The full text of the application form submitted by Hello Farm can be found here:

 https://ptboagnews.com/sites/ptboagnews.com/files/2024-01/InnovationAwardNominationForm%20Hello%20Farm%20%282023%29.pdf

 

AgTech Innovations Unveiled

Agtech, short for agricultural technology, refers to the use of modern technologies and innovations to make farming and agriculture more efficient, productive, and sustainable. The goal of agtech is to help farmers make better decisions, increase yields, reduce waste, and address challenges in agriculture using smart and advanced solutions.

 

Embark on a journey of synergy and innovation at our event, "AgTech Innovations Unveiled: Cultivating the Future of Agriculture in Our Region." Recognizing a notable gap in AgTech between farmers and technology enthusiasts, our event seeks to unite these two communities, each contributing unique strengths to bridge the divide.

 

In this dynamic exchange, the agricultural community's abundance of space meets the entrepreneurial and innovative expertise lacking in the technology sector. Conversely, the technology community's creativity and entrepreneurial spirit find resonance in the agricultural landscape but grapple with limitations in physical space

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165 Kent St W Suite 302, Lindsay, ON K9V 2Y5
Kawartha Lakes

2024 Agricultural Benefit Auction

List your farm products for sale ASAP!

Jason McIntosh Auctions is running an online auction sale to benefit the agricultural community! Proceeds will go to the selling farms/suppliers and two local organizations working in agriculture. 

Participating businesses will receive partial proceeds and also benefit from the sale promotion. Post a farm or food product, agritourism opportunity, or gift certificate! The sooner you post, the more attention your listing will get.

Farms at Work and Peterborough 4H will receive a donation of much needed sale proceeds to support their work in our community. 

Click here to complete the consignment form and get your business name in lights! https://bit.ly/3uk1w8g

Bidding begins March 11 2024. Visit the sale site by clicking HERE.

For more information, contact jason@jmauctions.ca or call/text 705-761-4252. 

 

2024 Associate Memberships

The Peterborough County Cattlemen Association would like to acknowledge the following businesses, for their Associate Memberships in 2023:

 Bob Mark New Holland;  Darling Insurance; Doug Leahy;  Green Tractors; Jason McIntosh Auctions; Kawartha Battery; Leahy Electrical Services Inc; Mark McCabe Tractor Sales Ltd; Peterborough Agricultural Society; Peterborough Veterinary Services; Starfra Feeds; Sunderland Co-op - Peterborough District; Upper Canada Fuel & Burner

We invite your business to become an Associate Member for 2024.  Dues are $50.00 for the year. You will be provided with a receipt as well as a sticker for your certificate. New Associate Members will receive a framed certificate that can be displayed.   You will have the option of displaying your product at cattlemen events. A poster is printed with the names of the associate members which is displayed at the events which we participate in, throughout the year.  Your business will be included in the mailing list of the Peterborough County Cattlemen's Association, and you will receive emails to be kept informed of upcoming events and other news.  To learn about what benefits there are by becoming an Associate Member, please contact Pat Leahy pleahy@nexicom.netTo renew your associate membership or to become a member, please write a cheque to the Peterborough County Cattlemen and mail to Patricia Leahy, 697 Douro 5th Line, Douro-Dummer or you can etransfer to ptbocca.treasurer@gmail.com.  
 

Peterborough County Cattlemen - Update

Peterborough County Cattlemen Association - Update

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to attend the Peterborough County Cattlemen AGM on January 8, 2024.  

We recently held the inaugural meeting of the 2024 Peterborough County Cattlemen Board of Directors, the executive is as follows: 

Mike Fallis - President  - sunsetacres@nexicom.net   705-740-4878

Karen Paszternak - Vice-President - karen.paszternak@gmail.com 705-957-3739

Greg Cornish - 2nd Vice-President - gregcornish44@gmail.com - 705-559-1146

John Lunn -  Advisory Councillor - bonlunn@gmail.com  705-927-1455

Mike Telford - Past President - mishawcustomfarming@hotmail.com  705-872-7460

Pat Leahy - Secretary-Treasurer (pleahy@nexicom.net)   705-652-7317

Your other directors are:

Francis Crowley - 705-639-5691

Glenn Darling -  darlinghomesteadfarm@gmail.com   705-875-4256

Harry Ellis  - hairyellis@sympatico.ca     705-957-0907

Cole Fallis - sunsetacres@nexicom.net   705-740-4878

Gavin Faught - faughtp@gmail.com    705-750-8789

Rob Glover -glover296@hotmail.com   705-957-0567

Jason McIntosh - freshfrozenbeef@nexicom.net  705-743-5259

Paul McMahon - paulmcmahon@xplornet.com   705-930-0879

Guy Peel - gpeel@live.com   705-822-7726

Laura Robson - lrobson_11@hotmail.com  705-932-3216

Brittany Rogers - brittanys1712@gmail.com  705-868-9898

Wayne Telford - margtelford1@gmail.com  705-768-5333

Scott Vollering - scottvollering@gmail.com  705-772-9516

Our association's email address is peterboroughcountycattlemen@gmail.com , which you can send an email to at any time with any questions or concerns you may have.

We would like to thank all of the directors for their time and dedication in 2023 and look forward to working together in 2024.  If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss, please contact any director.

We have several committees for the events that we are planning on hosting and attending throughout the year. If you'd like to help out at any of these, please be sure to contact a director.

The East Central Farm Show is returning to Lindsay Exhibition Grounds on March 6th & 7th.  The Peterborough County Cattlemen will once again be sharing a booth space with the Victoria Beef Farmers.  Be sure to stop by our booth.   If you have some spare time and would like to volunteer to be at the booth for a few hours either day, please let us know.

Watch for news and updates on our activities which are shared electronically via PTBOAgNews, Peterborough County Cattlemen's Association Facebook page or by email. 

If you don't already subscribe to the PTBOAgNews, it's easy to sign up.  Go to this site:  Farm News and Events | Peterborough Ag News (ptboagnews.com) and click on Subscribe to have your email added to their subscription list.  

Be sure to Like & follow our Facebook page to get the latest updates. 

Details for our 2024 Barbecue will be released very soon..  

Save this email address if you  peterboroughcountycattlemen@gmail.com or contact any director

Fleming College Sustainable Agriculture Students Looking for Co-op Placements

Fleming students in the Sustainable Agriculture Co-op program are busy looking for co-op placements for this coming summer. 

As part of their program, students required to complete a co-op placement of 580 hours between May 1 and August 31, 2024.

If you have a paid opportunity at your farm/agricultural business or non-profit, consider posting your opportunity on this job board: https://www.outcomecampusconnect.ca/Home/Main

For more information, please contact Anne Torwesten, co-operative education and placement officer at Fleming College by writing to anne.torwesten@flemingcollege.ca

Solar For Small Business

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Join Farms at Work and Green Economy Peterborough for a free one-hour virtual info session on solar installation. Discover the many ways you can use solar power to benefit your farm business.  Hear from a solar installation firm, and businesses who have successfully implemented solar power. Plus, get linked with potential funding sources to support the establishment of on- and off-grid solar solutions. 

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White Face Classic Sale

Looking for another way to market your Hereford influenced females (F1) or Purebred Hereford Cattle? The ECOHZ is accepting consignments for the WHITEFACE CLASSIC SALE which will be held on May 11th at Hoards Station Barn. This sale is open to anyone who uses Herefords in their breeding program.  We are accepting, open & bred females, cow/calf pairs, Purebred, non registered Herefords, F1 - one parent must be a purebred Hereford & breeding age registered Hereford bulls.  Cattle don’t need to be halter broke.  You don’t need to be a member of the CHA or live in the ECOHZ area.   We are accepting consignments until the 1st of March. For more information on consigning please contact us at eastcentralherefords@gmail.com .