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Peterborough County Cattlemen - 2023 Barbecue

At the recent meeting of the Peterborough County Cattlemen, it was decided that we would return to our traditional on-farm barbecue.  We are now in search of a host farm.  If you or someone you know, who would be in hosting this popular event, or if you would like to find out more information about hosting the barbecue, please email the or contact Mike Fallis, President - 705-740-4878

Congratulations to Indian River Acres!

The first annual Peterborough Agricultural Innovation Award was presented Monday to Indian River Acres, owned by Kevin Cornish and Janet Dawson. The Award was created by the Peterborough Agricultural Roundtable, and co-sponsored by Sunderland Co-op. The farm was presented with a $500 cheque and a presentation plaque.

Indian River Acres’ primary products are sweet corn, garlic, pumpkins and squash. Their innovation goal was to find a way to grow pumpkins in a manner that used minimal sprays and chemicals, but also built soil health, minimized disease transmission, and protected the earth from wind and water erosion. Over an 8-year period, they performed research and experimentation to come up with a new and more sustainable process, including cover cropping and the use of a crimper roller to terminate the cover crop at the beginning of the season. They no-till seed their pumpkins at the same time.

The full text of the application submitted by the farm for this Award can be found here: 

“I know the immense efforts, blood, sweat, and tears that go into making a family farm successful. On behalf of all of Peterborough County, I want to congratulate you and thank you for your hard work and dedication to innovation in the agricultural sector.” – Peterborough County Warden Bonnie Clark

Applications are now open for the 2023 Award. The form can be filled out online at any time or can be downloaded on paper and mailed if necessary. To access the application form, click here:

Award Winners and Roundtable Representatives


Growing Interest in Local Food and Agritourism -Webinar January 31st, 2023

Join the OFA and OMAFRA for a webinar on how to support the direct-to-consumer and agritourism businesses in your community.
• Join Farm Fresh Ontario (FFO) to learn more about farms who have opened their doors to the public and the growing agritourism industry.
• Hear from the Ontario Federation of Agriculture about a recent farm member survey and enabling policy options for municipalities that reduce the financial burden on farmers.
• Learn from farm businesses that have seized opportunities and navigated hurdles to diversify their farm operations.


Jan 31, 2023 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Sign up - Meeting Registration - Zoom

Peterborough/Victoria County Stocker Sale

Stocker Sale to be held at the Kawartha Lakes Community Sales Barn on Wednesday, February 8, 2023.   Expecting to have 500 head sell.  For information or to consign, please contact Wayne Telford 705-292-9531

Attention Dairy Farmers

From Darling Insurance: 

As you are aware the severe weather storm of Christmas 2022 created milk pick up challenges for many local dairy farmers. The ripple effect from this ended up affecting all dairy farmers as many producers did not have an enhanced Milk Coverage Endorsement.  


Did you know that coverage is available for loss of milk due to failed pick up.  This is one of those cases that coverage is extremely reasonable and is combined as an endorsement with the produce portion of your policy.  This same endorsement also carries milk contamination coverage. These 2 coverages help protect the loss of your tank milk due to either weather or contamination.


Please note, not all companies offer this endorsement so please reach out to your current insurance broker to determine whether you currently have this coverage on your policy or to discuss whether it would be beneficial to add to your policy


As always, please feel free to give us a call to discuss your farm insurance needs at any time.

Dave and Ed,


Dave Cavanagh,

Ed McGriskin

Your Farm Service Team

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Environmental Farm Plan Workshop - Douro Community Centre Feb. 15 & 22, 2023

Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association Logo

This free 2-day workshop runs from 10am to 3pm. You will learn more about on-farm environmental best management practices, develop action plans and learn about cost-share funding opportunities. Books and materials are provided. 

Refreshments and snacks will be available.  Please bring your own lunch. 

A reminder e-mail will be sent out to all registrants one week in advance with further details. 

Please register here -

Or contact Jenn Nash,, 705-991-3909 with questions.

Registration is required
Douro Community Centre, Harvest Room
Peterborough, Douro-Dummer