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Farm Manager position available: Lakefield College School

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Northcote Farm is a property belonging to Lakefield College School, about 5 km north of the school's main campus. It has not operated as a farm in several years, but they are seeking to start a small (.5 acre) vegetable operation there in 2021 that would serve as an educational and service opportunity for their students.  

For full details, visit:

https://farmsatwork.org/job-internship/farm-manager

Deadline November 30, 2020

Roundup of digital ag events!

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Visit the Peterborough Local Agricultural Calendar at ptboagnews.com to find details of a growing list of upcoming digital events all in one place!

Does your local farm organization have a digital event or annual meeting coming up? Just sign in and click the "Post an event" button. The item will be added to the Calendar and posted to the home page with your logo.

Haven't created an account yet?

If your organization still has not created a free account - please do so ASAP! Click Login and follow the simple steps to create a new account. Your organization will then automatically appear on the Local Organizations page of the website. You will be able to quickly post news items and events with your logo appearing. Your news and events will also go out in a newsletter to all Peterborough farmers who have signed up for a free suscription to the newsletter.

Peterborough County Federation of Agriculture and Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Announce 2020 Farm Family of the Year, to be Presented at Excellence Awards Event

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PETERBOROUGH, ON: The Peterborough County Federation of Agriculture and the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the Klompmaker family, of 1378 6th Line Asphodel, Hastings as the 2020 Farm Family of the Year.  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. 

For 7 years, Chris and Angela Klompmaker have owned and operated their 89-acre broiler chicken farm, K & H Poultry LTD. Chris is a 4th generation chicken farmer and serves as a District Committee Representative for district 9 with the Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO). Angela also grew up heavily involved in agriculture, and when she's not working as an RN, you can find her helping on the farm. 

In 2015, the farm was certified organic by Pro-Cert Organics Systems LTD.  The farm has also earned certifications for high animal welfare standards from Global Animal Partnership and the Chicken Farmers of Canada Animal Care Program, as well as for exceptional sanitation and food safety practices from the Ontario Farm Food Safety Assurance Program.

After upgrading each of the original 3 barns, the Klompmakers expanded and built a modern 24,000 square-foot barn, featuring a state-of-the-art computer system, as well as a high-volume heat exchanger to increase efficiency.  The farm now produces 50,000 chickens every 8 weeks, and the family donates 700kg of fresh chicken to local food banks each year, through the CFO Cares Program.

 

The Klompmaker family expanded in August of 2019 as they welcomed their daughter, Isabella. The same year, they purchased a 200-acre farm to fulfill their dream of getting involved in field crops. 

Congratulations to the Klompmaker family on being selected as Peterborough County’s 2020 Farm Family of the Year!

Since it is not possible to gather together for the Peterborough County Federation of Agriculture’s Annual Banquet, the award will be presented at the Peterborough Business Excellence Awards digital event on Wednesday, October 21st.  The Chamber is proud to include this long-standing and prestigious award in the Excellence event.  The awards show can be viewed for free on the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Facebook and YouTube pages, beginning at 7pm, or viewers can purchase a ticket to attend the Pre-Show Zoom Party and receive a swag bag featuring a $15 Gerti’s gift card, a donation to Showplace and more! For event information, please visit www.excellencepeterborough.ca or contact Stuart Harrison.

For further information contact:

Karen Jopling                                                                or         Stuart Harrison

Peterborough County Federation of Agriculture                       Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce   

Phone: (705) 927-5677                                                             Phone: (705) 748-9771 x202

 

List your farm ASAP on this new website!

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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

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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  pcfagriculture@gmail.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 pcfagriculture@gmail.com

 

 

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.

Registration is required: No
Peterborough
sunsetacres@nexicom.net

Workplace Toolkit

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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...

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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!

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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

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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