TIPS AND TOOLS FOR KICKA#S VEGGIES | Practical Advice for Small Scale Farmers
Registration is $50 for COPC Members / $65 for Non-COPC Members. Cost includes lunch prepared by Chef Emily Wells, coffee, nutritional breaks, and a day jam packed with quality speakers and discussion.
Monday, December 11, 2017
8 am to 4 pm
Farm Centre, Charlottetown PE
Click HERE to view workshop agenda.
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