FAW Launches Brand New Farm Mentorship Programs
Registration Now Open!
New farmers now have more options for hands-on training in east central Ontario, thanks to our roster of four on-farm mentorship programs.
Following the growing season, participants work and learn alongside farmer-mentors
in the fields of beekeeping, sheep farming, maple syrup production, and pasture management.
Since 2013, we’ve offered our Beekeeping Mentorship for apiarists
eager to increase their confidence in the bee yard. In 2014, we launched our Sheep Farming Mentorship,
aimed at helping novice shepherds develop their flock handling skills.
Both programs are set to begin in April this year.
For 2015, we’re excited to announce the launch of two new mentorship programs:
pasture management, and maple syrup production.
Each has been designed by long-time producers with beginners in mind,
and will feature plenty of hands-on learning, complemented by one-on-one mentor support.
Beginning in April, the Pasture Management Mentorship
will focus on thought-intensive management, with the goal of exploring design opportunities for post-oil farming.
Starting in October, the Maple Syrup Production Mentorship will expose mentees to forest management,
woodlot and production facilities, as well as successful marketing strategies and value-added production.
For each of the mentorships,
participants will attend five field days on the host farm to participate in projects and field work relevant to the growing season.
With class sizes between six and eight mentees,
a central feature of all the programs is small group learning and collaboration,
with a focus on building ties to the farming community.
If you are looking to increase your skills and confidence
under the guidance of an experienced farming mentor,
Farms at Work’s On-Farm Mentorship Programs may be for you.
For more information, please visit farmsatwork.ca/mentorship-programs
or contact our office (705-743-7671 | firstname.lastname@example.org).
Five regional finalists will be selected to compete in Montreal for the $2,500 Grand Prize on April 14, 2015!
This contest is open only to Canadian culinary students.
2015 Farmland Forum
Ontario Farmland Trust’s 11th Annual Farmland Forum
Good news! the Ontario Farmland Trust is holding their 11th annual Farmland Forum in east central Ontario for the very first time.
After 10 successful years in Guelph, the Forum this year will be held in Oshawa,
and will be much easier for attendees in the eastern end of the province to reach.
Farms at Work is pleased to be supporting this event as OFT’s local partner. Hope to see you there!
CLICK HERE to reserve your seat today!
Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Place: Durham Banquet Hall & Convention Centre, Oshawa
Cost: $90 early-bird (includes lunch & dinner)
This year’s event includes presentations on:
- Tools for communicating the value of ON farmland,
- Policy that enables vibrant local farm economies,
- Agriculture in the new Rouge National Park,
- Development offsetting for farmland protection in California, and
- Pennsylvania’s model farmland protection program
Who should attend?
- Land Conservation Enthusiasts
- Land Use Planners
- Provincial Policy Makers
- Municipal Councillors
Join the discussion and help shape the future of farmland protection in Ontario!
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Free OMAFRA Course:
Exploring Value Added Opportunities
Helping You Generate Value-Added Opportunities for your Business
Take the free OMAFRA course, Exploring Value Added Opportunities,
to learn whether adding value to your products and services is right for your business.
Participants will learn how to generate ideas for value-added opportunities,
assess an idea’s business potential, identify and manage risk and develop a plan to execute their ideas.
Course Dates and Times
The course is being delivered through three, one-hour interactive webinars.
These sessions are taking place on February 24, March 3, and March 10 from 12-1pm.
To participate in this free learning opportunity,
you will need internet and phone access.
Pre-registration is also required.
“Sessions were dynamic and engaging.
We were also very impressed with the sheer quantity of good information offered to us. Thank you!” A past course participant.
To learn more, or to register, visit: ontario.ca/e996 or call 1-877-424-1300
OFT Annual Farmland Forum
When: Friday March 27, 2015
The Ontario Farmland Trust’s Annual Farmland Forum will be held in the Peterborough area for the first time in the spring of 2015.
OFT’s mission is “to protect and preserve Ontario’s farmlands and associated agricultural, natural and cultural features of the countryside
through direct land securement, stewardship, policy research and education for the benefit of Ontarian s today and in future generations.”
Past forums have explored issues of farm economics and rural resilience,
balancing agricultural and resource demands, and other similar topics.
Next year’s event promises to be just as engaging.
Farmers, land use planners and others are invited to discuss topical issues related to the protection of Ontario’s farmland.
For more information, visit: www.ontariofarmlandtrust.ca.
In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario,
to launch the first annual EFAO conference!
As supporting partners, we here at FAW have been hard at work
developing informative, intermediate-level sessions for the
Livestock Stream of workshops, featuring such topics as:
With over 30 intermediate- and advanced-level workshops in streams ranging from
Business & Marketing, Diversified Grain, Soil, Stewardship & Energy, Vegetables, and Seed Production,
the vision for this year’s conference aligns with EFAO’s core mandate:
“to support and promote a vibrant community of ecological farmers through education, training and knowledge sharing.”
Also featured will be Keynote speaker, Abe Collins,
a Vermont-based grazier and educator, who will offer his insights into
grazing management, topsoil creation, environmental monitoring and modelling technologies.
There will also be plenty of great food and entertainment available throughout the conference as well.
We expect over 250 ecological growers from across the province to attend
, and are lucky enough to be hosting dozens of knoweldgeable speakers from across North America.
So join us for what promises to be the ecological farming event of the year!
For more information, visit the conference website: www.conference.efao.ca
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 6 – 19, 2015 – $5,400.00 pp
- May 14 – 21 or October 15 -22, 2016 – $5,900.00 pp
Always a perfect balance of personal time, cooking & farm classes.
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Private groups throughout the year also welcomed.
The Ontario Foodservice Designation Program
began this year ready to bring a selection of great opportunities to the table.
First, the opportunity to consult with stakeholders from across Ontario on what a designation system
for restaurants could both look like and accomplish–and not to mention,
the opportunity to determine how best to combine authenticity protection with education and awareness, and promotion and marketing.
But ultimately, it’s the opportunity to work towards developing a program with the following objectives that really makes this exciting:
- Create and support Ontario’s culinary identity
- Increase the ease of buying and dining on Ontario food and beverages
- Celebrate champions in the foodservice industry sourcing Ontario products
- Bring further awareness to Ontario’s strong agricultural sectors, and
- Compliment and support the Foodland Ontario program
With the setting complete, we have carefully selected and prepared
the meat and potatoes of the program to ensure that you get to enjoy with confidence Ontario’s great restaurants and unique tastes of place.
How does this work? Restaurants of all shapes and sizes–think everything from food trucks to fine-dining–who are
PROCURING Ontario food and drink, and
PARTNERING and PARTICIPATING in complementary programming and activities,
can apply to become “Certified Tastes of Ontario.”
All they need to do is show that they are committed to the program manifesto:
- To procure Ontario food and beverage whenever possible;
- To track and trace Ontario food and beverage purchases as close to the point of origin as possible;
- To identify the provenance of Ontario food and beverages on the menu;
- To develop Ontario’s culinary identity by celebrating regional tastes and championing local, seasonal ingredients; and
- To educate the public about Ontario food and beverage and to bring further awareness to its strong agricultural sectors
With the criteria set, we needed a name. What is a program without a name?
How best do we celebrate champions of Ontario food and drink? Well, at the Ontario Culinary Tourism Summit on 13 November, Feast ON was officially introduced.
Since then, the Feast ON team has been working hard to make sure that everything is ready to go live for applications on 1 January 2014.
Some of the things we’ve been up to include:
- Promoting the program at the 2013 Ontario Tourism Association Summit in Toronto, hosted by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, 13-14 November
- Partnering with the Greenbelt Fund and industry to host a panel session entitled “Taking Stock:
- Developing Your Recipe for Ontario Food Culture in Foodservice,” at Sustain Ontario’s Bring Food Home conference in Windsor, 17-19 November
- Presenting Feast ON at the Hills of Headwaters Partners in Tourism Summit in Caledon, 25 November
- Introducing everyone at the Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference in Kingston to Feast ON, 3 December
- Presenting Feast ON to the Muskoka & District Chefs Association and the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel & Motel Association (Simcoe County), at Georgian College in Barrie, 9 December
- Posting an opportunity for individuals and organizations across the province to become Feast ON Community Connectors, 21 November
- Continuing to work with great partners, such as Foodland Ontario, Ontariofresh.ca, Ocean Wise, and Wine Country Ontario
So in the spirit of Feast ON–as you celebrate this season–think about how you can include Ontario food and beverages on your holiday menus
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