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Farm News and Events
Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show
OSCIA scheduled events at Canada's Outdoor Farm Show
Tuesday - 3 pm - aired video showcasing all OSCIA has to offer, with an open chat room available show attendees who wish to engage with OSCIA
6 pm - live session on our educational workshops, the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program, How-to Prepare for an Intake and a Program Question Free-for-all Q&A session
Wednesday - 11:45 am - Trees On Farms - a short tour (aired video) of the woodlot demonstration plot on our show's site
3 pm - Learn All About OSCIA and What We Do, plus 30 minute open session with OMAFRA staff "Crop Management and Learnings from 2020" Insect pressure, fertility and more
Thursday 2 pm - Hands-On demonstration of the Soil Test Manager App, Educational Workshops Delivered by OSCIA, and as Step-by-Step How-To on completing Funding Applications and Claim Forms
Friday - 8:30 am -aired video showcasing all OSCIA has to offer, with an open chat room available show attendees who wish to engage with OSCIA
10:30 am - The Farmland Health Check-Up and LEADS Programs, Preparing for a Funding Intake, and 20 minute live chat session with OMAFRA Staff on all things Specialty Crops
7:15 pm - Trees On Farms - a short tour (aired video) of the woodlot demonstration plot on our show's site
List your farm ASAP on this new website!
Last spring we asked you about the need for a new and sophisticated farm directory tool that would connect farmers and consumers in the region. The response from local farms was overwhelmingly in support of this idea. Thanks to a very small grant, and the generosity of local firm Grassroots Design, we are ready to launch the new site publicly in a few days.
However, the first step is to make sure lots of farms are listed! We will be using Local Food Peterborough and other media to promote your farm widely year-round. Buyers can search by products and by types of shopping experiences. Take a look!
All you need to do is go to this link, create an account and build your listing by filling in blanks. Everything is automated. It will take about 15 minutes.
You will be able to log in anytime, 365 days a year, to update your listing (and please do).
Click My Farm Listing and choose Add a New Farm Listing
As promised, there is no fee for this service this year. Volunteers have helped make this possible because it is important for our community as a whole. Let's figure out together what sustainability model will make sense for all of us going forward.
2020 Farm Family of the Year in Peterborough County Nominations Due August 17 2020
We are excited to announce that The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce is once again a contributing partner in this acknowledgement of pride, sponsoring the Farm Family of the Year Award in Peterborough County. This award recognizes a farm family that has demonstrated good farming practices, an interest in the farming community, and interest and participation by the family in its operation.
We are contacting organizations & individuals to submit a nomination of farm families whom you feel would be worthy of consideration for this award. Self-nomination is an option too!
Please email email@example.com for a nomination form. Please note that where more than one family is involved in the farming operation, the nomination should include all families. Please notify the families of your nomination and direct them to complete this questionnaire.
Those families completing the questionnaire will then be judged on the content they provide within this document and any attachments by a panel of three individuals. Only the Winner will be announced, others will remain anonymous.
Presentations to the winner will be made in October at a special virtual event. Details to follow.
Your submission of nominations & self-nominations should be forwarded
by Monday August 17, 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Peterborough Ex Virtual Steer & Lamb Show & Sale
We have gone virtual! Join us for the results on July 31 from the show, and then again for our online auction !
Bidding will be held online at https://jasonmcintoshauctions.hibid.com/auctions/ from August 4-7, 2020 closing at 6pm.
Videos of both steers and lambs will be available via youtube and will be posted. Entries for the Steer & Lamb show will be judged on July 31st and results will be posted following the completion of the judging.
Peterborough Public Health have created a Toolkit for Establishments and Businesses. This toolkit was created to provide public health guidance around COVID-19 for businesses and workplaces in Peterborough City, County, Hiawatha and Curve Lake First Nations as they re-open their doors to employees, clients, and customers. This toolkit includes a checklist to help non-health care workplaces and businesses reestablish operations in a way that reduces the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Links to online resources are also provided.
Click here to access the toolkit: https://www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Reopening-in-PPH-Toolkit-for-Workplaces.pdf
The Ontario Soil Network has some events coming up...
5 speakers, 5 takeaways, 5 bucks
The take5 series is...
to-the-point, no-nonsense conversations between experts of all kinds.
Rapid-fire presentations and Q&A, ending with small-group "hallway chats" between audience members, panelists and hosts.
The next in the series is Friday, July 24th - Cover Crops
Click here for more information or to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/the-ontario-soil-network-26817728163
Final year of regional Fund for On-Farm Clean Water Projects!
If you are a farmer or own farmland, the East Central Farm Stewardship Fund offers you access to additional funding and technical support for your on-farm clean water projects in 2020. This funding program is delivered through the East Central Farm Stewardship Collaborative (ECFSC). The ECFSC is accepting applications now for a final allocation of funds in mid-July.
The ECFSC partners work directly with you to support the agricultural use of your land, while helping you to access funding and technical assistance to complete your project. On-farm clean water projects are our current funding priority. In the first two years, the Fund supported eighteen regional projects, including:
- fencing livestock out of waterways,
- providing alternate watering sources for livestock
- planting vegetative buffers alongside watercourses and ponds
- installing eavestroughs and diversions around barnyards
- planting cover crops
- restoration of wetlands
This grant can also be added to other sources of funding. Visit ecfarmstewardship.org/apply to complete an online application in minutes or call Farms at Work at 705-743-7671 for assistance.
This program was undertaken with financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal Department of Environment and Climate Change.
PCFA Board of Directors
COVID has certainly changed our world. The PCFA board of directors continues to meet regularly via computer and continues to work on your behalf within the agricultural community. If you have any questions regarding PCFA activities, please reach out to our secretary, Dave Cavanagh at 705.740.5212
PCFA Donates to Kawartha Food Share
The last eight weeks our community has been experiencing a situation that most of us never would have dreamed possible, yet here we are.
We in the agricultural sector have been hit too, and trying to adapt to the side effects of COVID 19, as some areas have been impacted harder than others and we need to navigate new policies and process as well as deal with supply and demand situations.
We do however still feel truly fortunate and optimistic for a new growing season and will continue to produce high quality food.
The one area we farmers are used to is change; we are very adaptable and are always relying on science to produce better, more environmentally, ethical, and healthier products.
COVID 19 has so many unknowns and is scary for all of us. We want you, your clients, and our community to know, we farmers continue to work hard and offer the highest quality of Agri-food products grown and produced right here in Peterborough County, always have and always will.
On behalf of my fellow Board and our full 800 membership strong, Peterborough County Federation of Agriculture hopes this donation of $3000 will comfort those who have been deeply impacted by this international situation.
We are all in this together and together we will get through this.
President, Peterborough County Federation of Agriculture