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Millbrook Farmers Market 2021 Season

Are you a local farmer, market gardener, artisan, baker or prepared foods maker? The Millbrook Farmers Market is accepting applications for our 2021 season. All applications will be reviewed by the market committee and successful applicants will be contacted. Feel free to reach out on Facebook with any questions.

Application form: https://forms.gle/jQoXGo9KmdLJ44vN9

Farm Financial Management Series

This 6-class, free program provides food-producing farmers with the knowledge and skill to better understand and use financial information in order to make sound business decisions.

Classes: Good Business Practices, Financial Literacy, Calculating Full Costs of Production, Setting Prices and Marketing to Optimize Sales, Cash Flow Budget Projections, and Creating a Farm Business Plan.

The workshops are delivered on the ZOOM platform, as a sequential, laddering-up bootcamp, so participants registering here are applying for the full 6-week program.

• Each class is 1.5 hours in length, with one class per week on Tuesdays from 7-8:30 pm EST beginning February 2, 2021, with the last class on March 9, 2021.

Register: https://farm-financial-management-series.eventbrite.ca

You will receive a direct email from the program organizers and provided with the Zoom link prior to the first training date.

Registration is required: Yes
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Peterborough
gdragomir@peterboroughed.ca

Obituary: Joyce Weir Millar (nee Pimmett)

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It is with sadness that the family of Joyce Weir Millar announce her passing at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on January 6, 2021 in her 94th year. Read the full obituary here

 

Note: Peterborough farm families may post local farm news or events of general interest to the local farm community using the "Post a News Item" or "Post an Event" buttons on the home page of Peterborough Ag News (ptboagnews.com). Items must be kept brief and will be reviewed before publication.

Invitation to Conversations about Low Incomes and Food during the COVID-19 pandemic

• Would you like to talk about food in your life during the pandemic?
• Does your household have less income than it needs? Are you at least 18 years old AND living in Peterborough City/County or Curve Lake First Nation or Hiawatha First Nation?
• Would you like to participate in a one-to-one interview (about 45 to 90 minutes) online, by phone, or in person? (Public Health-approved precautions are in place regarding COVID-19 and no in-person interviews will happen during the lockdown). You will be compensated for your time with a $20 grocery gift card from FreshCo.

If so, please contact:
Mary Anne at 905-447-6521 or marymartin@trentu.ca or Michael at 705-748-1011 ext. 7243

This study has been reviewed and approved by the Trent University Research Ethics Board. Please direct questions pertaining to this review to Jamie Muckle, Certifications and Regulatory Compliance Officer, Trent University, Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 7896, Email: jmuckle@trentu.ca

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 ptboagroundtable@gmail.com 

Free. Pass it on.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/beat-the-winter-blues-tickets-132569108773

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 ptboagroundtable@gmail.com 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.

Requirements:

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 info@lakefieldfarmersmarket.net
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.

Free.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/beat-the-winter-blues-tickets-132569108773

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: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/beat-the-winter-blues-tickets-132569108773

 

February 17: Mental Health 101

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

 

March 24: Farm Safety

 

 

 

Peterborough County Cattlemen AGM

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Keeping everyone's health and safety in mind, this year's AGM will be held virtually, using Zoom.  Please be sure to contact the peterboroughcountycattlemen@gmail.com, 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
Norwood
peterboroughcountycattlemen@gmail.com

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 https://localfoodptbo.ca/know-your-farmer-videos/