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Funding available for trainee salaries

Employment Planning and Counselling in Peterborough has funding available to support young people in training for the "trades". We are advised that this can include farm skills. You could receive full funding for 12 weeks to support a young person if they will have a meaningful learning experience on your farm. Limited spots available. The website is https://epcjobs.ca/

There is a section on the Trades Connection program at http://www.epcjobs.ca/job-seekers#the-trade-connection

 

Environmental Farm Plan Workshop, July 15 and 22

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Improve the sustainability of your farm business

Producers are invited to attend a FREE (fourth edition) Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) two-day workshop to assess your farm business, learn more about on-farm environmental best management practices, develop Action Plans and learn more about cost-sharing opportunities.

Day one is July 15th from 10 am until 3pm. Day Two is July 22nd from 10 am until 3pm

Location: Codrington Community Centre: 2992 County Rd 30, Codrington, ON K0K 1R0

Pre-registration and proof of Covid-19 vaccination are required.

Link to Register: www.ontariosoilcrop.org  

For more info, contact the workshop leader, Kollene Drummond at kdrummond@ontariosoilcrop.org

Registration is required

2021 Farmland Value and Rental Value Survey

Let's get good information about rental rates in our area. This annual survey through the University of Guelph, the goal of which is to generate and provide public information about farmland values and rental rates, is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. 

The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Your responses will be kept anonymous; instead, answers will be summarized at the township or county level.

A summary of the survey results will be made available on Dr. Brady Deaton's survey website, here. If you have any questions or concerns about this survey, please contact Professor Deaton:

Brady J. Deaton, Jr.
519-824-4120 ext. 52765
bdeaton@uoguelph.ca

2022 Small Grains Program Opportunity Jan 4-15

Posted for OSCIA: The Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO) is excited to open the 2022 Small Grains Program this week, in partnership with the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA). The program supports farmers to grow spring small grains and a legume cover crop on their farm. Farmers from your county will receive a $50 gift card of your choice from President’s Choice or Canadian Tire just for applying. If you're interested, please read over the program details (brochure and website) and submit your email address here to receive an application form. The program intake is January 4 - 15, 2022. https://efao.ca/small-grains-pre-intake-form/ If you have already signed up to receive your application form, no further action is needed. You have or will soon receive your application form by email.

Are you looking for part-time income?

The Peterborough Agricultural Roundtable is hiring an Administrative Coordinator. The Coordinator receives a stipend to help organize meetings and events, take minutes and manage communications.

For more details, click HERE

To apply, send a brief email explaining your interest and your related experience to ptboagroundtable@gmail.com 

Regenerative Agriculture and Climate Change

Monday, January 10, 2022 - 7:00pm

What is Regenerative Agriculture? What does it have to do with Climate Change? Can local farms adopt Regenerative approaches on their farms? Pat Learmonth, from Farms at Work, will address these questions at a 4RG Virtual Meet on Monday January 10 at 7PM. There will be time for discussion and questions.

To register, email 4rgmeets@gmail.com

PCFA Looking for Committee Members for 2022!

The Peterborough County Federation of Agriculture is looking for folks interested in joining the following committees: 
 

The Governance Committee meets bi-annually to:

  • Review and propose changes to the constitution
  • Review and propose board structure including committees and subcommittees
  • Review and recommend who sits on our board and what input or message we want them to bring to the table
  • Review and propose changes to our policy
     

The Political Action Committee meets as required to:

  • Develop and consolidate farmer opinion for the promotion of any activity within the county which will improve the welfare of the individual farmer, the farming industry and the community.
  • Developing strategies to build stronger relationships with local politicians to be considered a leader within ag locally
  • Develop the schedule and strategy for breakfast meetings during the coming year including involvement of other ag groups
  • Develop 2022 political action messaging
     

The Marketing Committee meets as required to:

  • Develop an advertising strategy for the coming year (our ads create awareness about our communities challenges)
  • Investigate kicking our ad campaign up to the provincial level
  • Develop a public awareness strategy of who we are and what we do
  • Investigate and propose how to increase attendance of the ag community at local events
     

The Education Committee meets as required to:

  • Promote and participate in cultural, social and leadership development
  • Increase our support in youth ag groups as a feeder system to the boards
  • Develop strategy on how to get younger people involved
  • Investigate and develop more education in the community about agriculture

 

If you are interested in joining a committee please fill out this form:  https://forms.gle/cWmNtj8JQEf98dWNA  

Post-secondary scholarships - short deadline!

Posted on behalf of OSCIA: East Central Scholarships - December 31 deadline!

Students from East Central area Durham, Haliburton, Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes (Victoria), York.  Enrolled in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year at a post-secondary institution or agricultural college. Twelve scholarships in the amount of $1000 - selection takes into account academic performance, leadership, contribution to community, involvement in rural youth organizations, with emphasis on conservation and environmental goals. If we get more than 12 then previous recipients will be eliminated.

Application form is online at https://regionalscia.org/scholarships-html/ Deadline to apply December 31, 2021 contact nmoore361@gmail.com

New Video on Local Fibre Farming

Farms at Work has just published a new film entitled "From the Farm to You: The Story of Fibre in our Community". It follows on the Beef and Dairy films completed in 2020, this time introducing local fibre farmers and processors of fibre from sheep and alpacas. The film will be shown in at least 10 local schools to older students who are discussing ways to support local and the global impact of the garment industry.

View the film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5j7CynnEFA

Looking for fabulous holiday gifts? Give a product made from local fibre! Contact the businesses in the video and/or visit peterboroughfarmfresh.ca and search "fibre".

There are many other videos on local farms in our community! Visit localfoodptbo.ca and choose "Learn"

Free support available for Covid 19 workplace consulting

Through Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS), farmers and agri-food businesses can access professional advice and consulting services to help them with their COVID-19 needs. Your workplace may be eligible for two days of services tailored to your needs (worth $2,000 - paid for by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership). Available until February 28, 2022.

The following workplaces are eligible:

  • Employers, farm sector organizations and farm associations
  • Provincially licensed meat plants
  • Other food processors who employ 1-49 employees

Please reach out to WSPS by:

  • Telephone: 1-877-494-9777 to speak with a customer service representative
  • E-mail: agriculture@wsps.ca