News/Events - March 2011
Farms at Work made its debut at this year’s East Central Farm Show in Lindsay with a 20 foot booth devoted to new farmers. A slide presentation highlighted 18 new farmers in the Region, as well as the Exploring Your New Farm Dream course offered in Peterborough this winter, Everdale’s Farmers Growing Farmers program and the CRAFT interns in the Kawarthas last summer.
Also featured were the farms of the three new farmers on Farms at Work’s “New Farmer Advisory group” – Jess Foote of Lunar Rhythm Gardens, Julie Fleming of Circle Organics and Henry Bakker of Field Sparrow Farm. They manned the booth, along with FAW staff and two students from the Fleming College Sustainable Agriculture Graduate Certificate Program.
There was a great deal of interest and support among the show attendees, who asked questions about the way new farmers are building their business plans, and how established farmers can help. Funding assistance for the Farm Show booth was provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and FarmStart.
2011 OBA Tech-Transfer Workshops:
Introductory Beekeeping and
Beekeeping & Integrated Pest Management
Hosted by: Central Ontario Beekeepers’ Association
Facilitated by: The OBA Tech-Transfer Team
Contact Lenka Petric at 705-944-5996 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to receive your registration package.
For both workshops:
Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Dancing Bee Apiaries, 3384 Loyalist Road, Canton, ON, L1A 3V7.
Lunch: Provided with registration fee. Coffee and snacks also included.
Cost: OBA members: $110.62 plus 13% HST. (Total = $125.00 per person per workshop)
Non-members: $119.47 plus 13% HST. (Total = $135.00 per person per workshop)
Note: Each workshop is limited to a maximum of 24 participants, on a first come, first serve basis.
Please bring a bee hat and veil, a bee suit (eg. coveralls) and suitable footwear, as there will be hands-on instruction in the bee yard. If you require help in obtaining some items contact Lenka Petric.
Workshop #1: “Introductory Beekeeping”
Date: Saturday June 4th, 2011
This beekeeping workshop consists of classroom sessions and hands-on lessons in the bee yard. Participants of all experience levels are welcome. Topics include basic honey bee biology, beekeeping equipment, working in the bee colony, seasonal beekeeper responsibilities, harvesting and extracting honey and preparing bee colonies for winter. Each participant will receive a copy of the Ontario Beekeeping Manual.
Workshop #2: “Beekeeping and IPM (Integrated Pest Management)”
Date: Sunday June 5th, 2011
This intermediate beekeeping workshop consists of classroom sessions and hands-on lessons in the bee yard. Participants should have taken an Introductory Beekeeping workshop or course and/or have at least one season of beekeeping experience prior to attending. Topics include pest and disease biology and identification, monitoring for pests and diseases, record keeping, treatments and integrated pest management. Each participant will receive a copy of the Ontario Beekeeping Manual.