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UPCOMING EFAO WORKSHOPS, COURSES AND TOURS

DAIRY MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

This will be held on February 24, (or 25th, if the weather is bad) at the MVCA Office in Wroxeter. Topics include: marketing organic milk, certification for livestock, preventative health care, manure handling, weed control, etc. Cost is $20.00; lunch is provided. To pre-register, or for more information contact Ron Strome (519) 335-3557.

INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGICAL AGRICULTURE COURSE

This is a two day course, to be held March 24 and 25 in Mitchell. Topics include: basics for making the farm a self-sustaining productive system, weed control without herbicides, fertility enhancement, basic soil ecology, tillage, crop rotation, cover crops, composting, holistic livestock care, local farm reports, and organic markets. Cost is $40.00; lunch is provided. To pre-register, or for more information contact Ron Strome (519) 335-3557.

DRAFT HORSES WORKSHOP

In response to interest expressed by EFAO members, horse farmers Tony McQuail and Ken Laing will be offering a one day introductory workshop on working with draft horses on the farm and in the bush. The workshop will be held at the McQuail farm, 3 roads east of Lucknow (Sideroad 21-22), and 2 miles south of Highway 86. It will include the basics of harnessing and hitching a team of work horses and offer hands-on experience driving the McQuail team of Belgian mares.

There will be an opportunity to see a variety of horse equipment, including mowers, a binder, seed drills, manure spreaders, wagons adapted for use with either tractors or horses, and a PTO and 3-point hitch teamster 2000 forecart. We will discuss the benefits and disadvantages of using horses on the farm, and some of the jobs for which they are particularly well suited. We will have a selection of books on working with horses from our collections for you to look over.

The Workshop will be held on Saturday, April 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $25.00 per person if you have phoned by March 26 to pre-register. If you just show up on April 2, the cost will be $50.00. We are trying to encourage pre-registration so we can bring in an extra team if we need to. Bring a bag lunch; we'll provide coffee and juice. This should be a good workshop for the curious, or the beginner, as well as those with more experience. An EFAO horse farmer network may grow out of this workshop, if there is enough interest.

To register, or for more information, call:

Tony McQuail (519) 528-2493

Ken Laing (519) 775-2789

AGROFORESTRY AND ARBORETUM TOUR

On May 28 EFAO members can see two different ways of using woody plant material at the University of Guelph. In the morning one of the Agroforestry researchers will explain some of their work with intercropping trees and crops. In the afternoon, Henry Kock of the Arboretum will show some different approaches. This tour will take in the nursery, a naturalized fence row, a natural regeneration site, and a similar site with some additional planting. Members are to gather at the (main) Arboretum Centre by 10:00 a.m. for the morning tour, and again at 1:00 p.m. for the afternoon session. Look for more background information in the next newsletter.

OTHER COMING EVENTS

"THE BIODYNAMIC METHOD AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE REPARATIONS"

When: January 21 & 22

Where: Armow, Kincardine Twp.

Hosted by: the Biodynamic Society

Bernard Hack will presented this two-day workshop. Registration is $30.00; lunch is included. Sign up at 9:00 a.m., lecture starts at 10:00 a.m.

 

"MAKING PASTURE PROFITABLE WITH INTENSIVELY MANAGED ROTATIONAL GRAZING"

When: January 22

Where: W.B. George Centre, Kemptville College

Alan Henning, a controlled grazing specialist from Wisconsin (with 12 years of experience on dairy farms in New Zealand), discussed possibilities for dairy, beef, and sheep. Joel Salutin, the "guru of grass finished poultry in North America", talks about integrating livestock and farm resources for greater profit. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and is $15.00; bring your own lunch; for more information contact Hubert Earl.

ANNUAL ORGANIC CONFERENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH

When: January 28-29

See separate write-up for more information.

BUILDING ECOLOGICAL, SELF-RELIANT FOOD SYSTEMS

When: late March

Where: York University

Hosted by: the Dept. of Environmental Studies, York Univ.; the Ram's Horn; the Toronto Food Policy Council; and the EFAO.

This proposed conference is to be a two day marketplace of initiatives to encourage alternative food systems based on bio-regional self-reliance and genetic, social and cultural diversity. For more information phone Brewster Kneen (416) 469-8414.

Copyright 1993 Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.


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