This year the theme is "The 3 Rs of Organic Agriculture: Restorative, Responsible, Resilient." Offered up over two days on Sat., Feb. 25 and Sun., Feb. 26, at the Ramada Inn in Cornwall, are news, workshops, events and product ideas to organic farmers and those who are considering organic farming.
The keynote speaker is Mark Shephard, a farmer at New Forest Farm in Wisconsin and author of Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers. He will also lead an all-day intensive session.
Also all day on Sunday, the Ontario Trillium Foundation has sponsored an Introduction to Organic Certification Workshop. Delia Elkin, experienced organic inspector and educator, leads a full-day session that kicks off the Certified Organic Grower's Organic Success Program. This workshop is for all levels of experience and all types of producers considering transitioning to organic production. Due to funding restrictions, participation in the full Organic Success Program is limited to Ontario farmers, however everyone is welcome to attend this workshop on certification (separate registration, cost $40, includes organic lunch).
Other sessions at Eco Farm Day include: Agro-forestry and water management, the Farmersville Community Abattoir, outdoor mushroom cultivation on organic farms, women organic farmers, dealing with perennial weeds, crop planning and records management, small fruit production, and more.
For Eco Farm Day inquiries, see ecofarmday.ca or contact ecofarmdaycog.ca or 613-487-2257.