- Buy a BBQ at any of our store locations between May 21st and June 30th and be entered into a draw to win a seat at our judges table at either our Peterborough or Kingston BBQ competition (dad would love this!!!)
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Register for Seed Saving Workshops and Other Opportunities!
Seed Saving in the Kawarthas: Register Now!
Join Farms at Work and The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security for a series of two on-farm workshops on Seed Saving in the Kawarthas. Register for both workshops and save!
Growing Seed to Support Your Market Garden
Tuesday, July 26 | Hastings | 9AM – 12PM | $20 or $35 for both workshops
Chick-a-biddy Acres has a long history in the farming community in the Kawarthas, as one of the first CSAs in the region 17 years ago. If you’ve been considering integrating seed crops as part of your market garden operation, for sale or for on-farm use, join us on July 26th to learn how Chick-a-biddy Acres is meeting the challenge!
Best Practices for Harvesting and Cleaning Seed
Monday, September 26 | Campbellcroft | 9AM – 12PM | $20 or $35 for both workshops
On September 26th, join us for a second workshop at Urban Harvest for the opportunity to learn seed-harvesting and cleaning techniques from Urban Harvest owner and experienced seed-saver, Colette Murphy. Urban Harvest has been harvesting and selling seed for nearly 20 years and offers over 100 kinds of seed!
For more information and to register, please visit www.kawarthaseedsaving.
Local Food Month 2016
September 2016 | Peterborough City and County
Are you a producer of “local food”?
September 2016 marks the second year of Local Food Month in The City and County of Peterborough, and this year there will be even more opportunities for the community to engage with local producers!
This year’s festivities will include a series of “Open Farm” tours intended to provide a peek behind the scenes of local farms for the public. Farms can also take a booth at the Purple Onion Festival scheduled for Sunday September 25, or advertise to the publicin the Local Food Month Guide. If you’d like to take advantage of these marketing opportunities, please let us know by emailing email@example.com. There are opportunities for producers outside of Peterborough County to get involved – just let us know if you’re interested!
Province Supporting Ontario Beef Farmers by Expanding Loan Program
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs has worked with industry stakeholders to review the Feeder Cattle Loan Guarantee Program (FCLGP) in order to address changing markets and simplify program access for farmers. The FCLGP was established in 1990 to help farmers access low interest loans, expand their business, and remain competitive. Recent improvements to the program include:
- Doubling total available Ontario-guaranteed loans from $130 million to $260 million
- Enhancing program administration to simplify access
- A new option for custom feeding that will assist new farmers in growing their herd
- Flexibility for more farmers to participate in accordance with their current business practices.
Farmers can take advantage of the increased loan cap immediately, with other improvements in place by fall 2016. Click here for more information.
Seeds of Diversity’s Vegetable Seed Producers Network
Calling all seed growers!
Interested in growing local open-pollinated seeds for Seeds of Diversity?
Join Seeds of Diversity’s Vegetable Seed Producers Network (VSPN)!
The VSPN works with farmers across Ontario to help scale up local production
of open-pollinated vegetable varieties suitable for market gardeners and vegetable farmers.
If you are interested in joining and would like to see the full list of OP varieties available for 2016,
To find out more information, click here.
Opportunity to Purchase Spanish River Rock Dust
Interested in purchasing Spanish River Rock Dust?
Now there’s an opportunity to purchase it in bulk!
Spanish River Rock Dust has been used in
gardens, fields, orchards, and more.
The cost is $110/tonne plus tax.
The recommended application rate is 1 tonne/acre for organic operations.
If you’re looking to purchase in bulk or split the purchase with a group,
visit their website at www.borealagrominerals.com.
The Sustainable Lush Interest Free Loan for Honey Production
The Sustainable Lush Fund, of Lush Cosmetics,
has announced the launch of a new interest-free loan for regenerative honey production!
The Sustainable Lush Capital Loan is a tool used to grow a web of resilient honey producers.
The loan is based on principles of easing the financial risk of transitioning production methods,
experimentation in business plans, and expansion into new markets.
Loan repayments can be made with a percentage of raw materials that result from the Loan.
For more information or to send in an application,
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George & Lansdowne Street, Peterborough