December 11th, 2017
TIPS AND TOOLS FOR KICKA#S! VEGGIES WORKSHOP
Practical Advice for Small Scale Farmers
Monday, December 11, 2017
8 am to 4 pm
Farm Centre, Charlottetown PE
REGISTRATION OPENS NOVEMBER 10th 2017
Guest Speakers include:
David Blanchard’s education is in soil science and ecology and he has forty years of practical experience in agriculture- twenty years in dairy and crops and the most recent twenty years in horticulture. David served on the committee that developed the Nova Scotia version of the online cover crops tool which was an AAFC funded project. He has given a half-day session in two perennial cover crops workshops and has spent time on PEI farms providing expert technical advice on soil health management.
Tim Livingstone is a farmer and founder of Strawberry Hill Farm, a certified organic family farm in the Saint John River Valley about 7 km outside Woodstock, NB. They grow over 60 types of vegetables and berries plus livestock on pasture. Tim’s objective is to have a farm that is diversified where all parts of the farm work together in a productive and profitable way to support the whole. The farm provides the income for his family while also providing local employment and good organic food at reasonable prices.
Angus Mellish is the Seed Manager at Vesey’s Seeds on PEI. Angus brings a wealth of practical knowledge of vegetables varieties and tools that are useful and essential on small-scale vegetable farms.
Alicia Newman is a sales agronomist with Cavendish Agri Services in Charlottetown. She is the go-to person for accessing allowable products for certified organic production systems.
Josh Oulton, and his wife Trish Bishop own Tap Root farms in Nova Scotia, a large certified organic mixed vegetable operation in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia .They are industry leaders and innovators always introducing new crops, processes and technology to their farm.
Maude–Helene Desroches is a farmer and the founder, with her husband Jean-Martin Fortier (acclaimed author, of Les Jardins de la Grelinette, an internationally recognized 10-acre micro-farm in Quebec. With only 1½ acres cultivated in permanent beds, the farm grosses more than $100 000 per acre with operating margins of about 60 per cent, enough to financially sustain their family. The focus at La Grelinette has been to grow better, not bigger, in order to optimize the cropping system, making it more lucrative and viable in the process.
The course outline will include:
1) Practices to ensure a healthy soil – cover crops, rotations and inputs
2) Appropriate tools
3) Season extension
4) Farm profitablity
5) Sourcing allowable inputs and understanding how to use them
6) Field tour – to discuss production and see how tools can increase efficiency
July 6th, 2017
Organic Farm Tour
PEI COPC hosted a one day organic farm tour on Wednesday, July 6th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. The tour explored the diversity of organic farms on PEI and gave participants the opportunity to meet some of the knowledgeable and hard working individuals who grow our food on the Island.
Local media, social media guests, COPC staff, PEIDAF Minister and Deputy attended the tour of five COPC member farms, including: Dexter Cattle Company, Square One Organics, Red Soil Organics, Heartbeet Organics, and Schurman Family Farm.
COPC Media Farm Tours are open to the public. Lunch and transportation are provided.
Tour seats are limited and tickets are $25 each or $20 for COPC members.
Contact Karen at email [at] organicpei [dot] com or 902-894-9999 for more information on future farm tours.
Annual Harvest Meal Fundraiser
Who doesn’t love a good celebration, with great food and even greater people?
Our annual celebration of the Island’s organic abundance; featuring local organic farmers and the healthy meats, vegetables, fruits, grains and spirits they carefully produce each season took place Sunday, September 25, 2016 as well as Sunday, September 24, 2017. The 2016 event was hosted by local historian and storyteller Alan Buchanan and entertainment was provided by Salt Licks, a local jazz quartet. Local organic ambassador, Chef Ilona Daniel worked with the team at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Chefs Miguel Cervantes and Kathy Stewart to create an unforgettable culinary experience. The 2017 Harvest Meal, held in the Legacy Garden of the PEI Farm Centre, was entertained by Alan Buchanan once again. Chef Emily Wells catered a beautiful harvest meal for ticket holders of the 2017 Meal.
See you next year!