Changes to the Canadian Organic Standards – An Essential Update
Do you sell your product using the word “Organic”?
Then you may be interested in this new webinar series offered by Canadian Organic Growers.
On November 9, 2015, recent updates to the Canadian Organic Standards will take effect. To ensure that producers, processors, certifying bodies, verification officers, and anyone who requires knowledge of the Standards to carry out their work are up to date on the revisions, COG will be offering webinars this fall and winter, which begin this month. The cost of each webinar is $25 (taxes included).
For full details, visit the COG website.
Funding Opportunity for Capital Expansion
The Big Carrot Nature’s Finest Fund is now accepting grant applications for its 2016 awards.
They are looking forward to a new round of applicants this year. The deadline for applications is December 7, 2015.
This program is especially of interest to Ontario growers looking to expand and who are already supplying the Big Carrot, or are interested in becoming a supplier. Funds are to be used for capital expansion, not for operating expenses.
For more info, visit thebigcarrot.ca
Eat Think Vote
Led by Food Secure Canada, Eat Think Vote is making food an issue in the upcoming federal election.
The Eat Think Vote campaign recognizes that agriculture in Canada is facing an unprecedented succession crisis.
Half of the country’s farming population is over 55 and over 80% are looking to retire in the next ten years.
The time to support new farmers and farmers transitioning to more sustainable forms of production is now. To read more on supporting new farmers, click here.
Eat Think Vote wants to see the creation of federal programs designed to reduce the barriers new farmers face in accessing land, capital and training, all of which are priorities for Farms at Work as well.
To find an Eat Think Vote event in your community, click here.
Registration Now Open for the 5th Annual Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference
Hosted by the Cities of Belleville and Quinte West, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. This year’s conference theme is “Creativity+Collaboration=Action”.
The focus of the conference will centre around innovative businesses and organizations that realize the value of collaboration to help pave the way to success. Participants will tour local food sites, collaborate with local food stakeholders, be inspired by speakers and network with peers and industry experts. Local food producers and others that support local food can now register for the November 4th Local Food Tour and Reception, followed by a full conference agenda on November 5th.
Online registration is open at eastontlocalfood.ca. Attendees can register for the full conference including the Quinte Region Local Food Tour and Reception scheduled for Nov. 4th.
To stay up-to-date on the latest news about the Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference, visit them on Facebook and
First Annual Local Food Report Available Now
With the passing of the Local Food Act in 2013, Premier Kathleen Wynne challenged Ontario’s agri-food sector to double its growth rate and create 120,000 jobs by the year 2020. The first series of the act’s goals (for food literacy) were announced back in January of this year, and now, as a requirement of the act, the Ontario government has published its first annual Local Food Report, which will help chart the province’s progress in bringing local food to more tables across the province.
For more info, check out the 2014-15 Local Food Report.
Drought-Proofing Your Land
Join our friends over at Circle Organic for a one day workshop on water harvesting designs with permaculture designer, Douglas Barnes. This “Earthworks” course will teach you how to lessen the impact of drought on your land and will include classroom and field instruction, with principles illustrated by the system installed at Circle Organic.
For more details, visit circleorganic.ca.
Last chance to register for the only hands-on, full-season maple training opportunity in the province!
Participants in the FAW Maple Syrup Mentorship receive over 30 hours of instruction from mentors who have been producing maple products for nearly to 50 years. The curriculum-based program will cover aspects of sugar bush management with an emphasis on forest health; all steps in the production cycle, from sap collection to syrup and value-added maple production; as well as the economics and marketing involved in running a successful maple business in Ontario.
The program is offered over five field days between late October 2015 and May 2016, which will be held at the Mentors’ farm near Campbellford. In addition to hands-on instruction, participants also receive one-on-one support from their mentors between field days, for those times when questions arise, or when they run into problems on their own farms. And in order to help mentees forge new connections with the community of maple producers, participants will receive an Affiliate Membership with the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers’ Association, and have the opportunity to attend an OMSPA Info Day in late January, where they will gain valuable exposure to the maple industry in Ontario.
So whether you’re a complete beginner who’s wondering how best to start out in the maple business, or if you’ve been producing maple products for a while now and are looking to improve efficiencies and grow your business, then this new program is meant for you!
Do you have a food tattoo?
PolyScience wants to see it!
And you could win a PolyScience Chef Series Immersion Circulator!
Cook something, paint something, take a picture, get creative and show us your love for food!*
First Prize: Chef Series Immersion Circulator
Second Prize: PolyScience Smoking Gun and Classic Smokehouse Woodchips
Third Prize: An autographed first edition copy of Immersed- The Definitive Guide To Sous Vide Cooking
Save the Date!
Ths Cities of Quinte West & Belleville are pleased to announce they will be presenting
5th annual Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference,
in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs.
This year’s conference will be held at the
Travelodge in Belleville on November 4th & 5th.
The theme of this year’s conference is Creativity + Collaboration = Action,
and will celebrate the creativity of local food businesses, organizations and supporters of local food
as they work together to build a thriving sustainable local food system in Eastern Ontario.
The conference will provide opportunities for information sharing, learning from success stories
and gathering info on innovative local food businesses, projects and best practices,
and will also feature a Local Food Tour,
with various stops to illustrate recent successes in the agriculture and culinary sectors.
and like East Ont Local Food to keep up to date on the latest conference details.
Recycle Your Plastic Containers, Seed Bags and More!
There are now more opportunities than ever to recycle your ag waste products, thanks to CleanFarms.
Depots for free collection are located throughout east central Ontario.
Collect your recyclables starting now:
- Empty commercial pesticide and fertilizer containers over 23 litres
- (click herefor details and locations)
- Empty pesticide bags: paper, plastic and multi-material
- Empty seed bags: paper and polywoven plastic bags; regular and bulk bags
- (click here for details and locations here)
- Note: not feed bags!
Note that in 2016, CleanFarms indicates that collection will be available province-wide
for obsolete or unwanted pesticides and livestock medications.
Save these in a secure location between now and then!
Idle Land? Plant Trees!
Forests Ontario offers generous tree planting subsidies to landowners who qualify for the government of Ontario’s
Help Ontario plant 50 million trees by 2025.
A Forests Ontario Field Advisor will work with landowners.
For more information, contact the
Forestry Outreach Coordinator at 1 (877) 646-1193 x 239 | firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ducks Unlimited Canada
DUC is interested in partnering with rural landowners within
the Kawartha region (Peterborough, Northumberland,
City of Kawartha Lakes, Ganaraska Region)
who have existing wetlands that may be providing
cavity nesting opportunities for wood ducks,
common goldeneye and hooded merganser.
These ducks traditionally nest in tree cavities,
so DUC is working with landowners
who are interested in installing nest boxes on their properties for waterfowl.
For more information contact
Jenn Lavigne (705) 721-4444 x 245 | email@example.com.
October is National Cookbook Month and to celebrate We Are Chefs is giving away cookbooks.
Check out the post Cookbooks Through the Ages
and share your all-time favorite cookbook in the comments section for a chance to win
a cookbook from ACF’s collection.
The 23rd annual Woodlot Conference will be hosted by the Kawartha Chapter of the Ontario Woodlot Association on February 20, 2016 at I.E. Weldon High School in Lindsay.
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘The Land Between: Where Limestone and Granite Meet’, and participants will learn all about the flora, fauna, geology and the people of the region. The conference will also feature breakout sessions on related topics.
Watch for more details early in the new year!
Travel with The White House Chefs to Italy
Cooking classes, cheese making, painting, wineries and more!
Three Italian-Americans introduce an unbeatable combination
Travel to Naples and the Amalfi Coast designed by three Italian-Americans with Italian roots!
Join The Presidential Culinary Museum ™
and Presidential Service Center a DBA of The Inn of the Patriots,
LLC and discover Italy and real Italian food without the fake items mass marketed to the public today.
Experience the truth of mouth-watering cuisine, homemade pizza doughs,
making our own Limoncello in a class (with the world known lemons of this region), exacting regional cheeses,
local San Marzano (the most well-known and written about tomato of the area) tomatoes and cry with a glass of vino or Prosecco because it is so good.
This will be en emotional, social journey of a lifetime.
Filming of the newest TV series featuring the White House Chefs and Iron Chef America Judge and Italian Culinary Expert, Mario Rizzotti,
will encompass any guest that would like to appear on the show.
At night, LUXURIATE in a world class villa perched over the cliffs of the Mediterranean sea
near Naples owned by Mario and his cousin Nello Oliviero.
The owners welcome you to enjoy each room overlooking the sea – every single room does!
Lets make buffaletta mozzarella by hand,
homemade pizzas, paint at night with a glass of wine and send home your masterpiece as well as visit the wineries and toast together…
Enjoy Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii, the gorgeous Amalfi Coast, Sorrento –
the land of sirens which enchanted Homer, Naples (Napoli) or the Isle of Capri by hydrofoil to mention just a few.
- May 14 – 21 or October 15 -22, 2016 – $5,900.00 pp
Always a perfect balance of personal time, cooking & farm classes.
Please let us know about renewing your wedding vows in a group ceremony!
As featured on Edible Destinations by Epitourian.
Private groups throughout the year also welcomed.
Every Saturday Year Round
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Located in the Morrow Building
George & Lansdowne Street, Peterborough