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Events

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 15:33

Weed Management Field Day

In-Crop Organic Weed Management Field Day and Seed Cleaning Plant Tour

Date and Time TBD (early summer 2015).  Location: Ward and Joanne Middleton's Farm, Morinville, AB. Join us for a farm tour that will include a demonstration of the latest organic tillage equipment and field experiments to investigate the impacts of post-emergent harrowing for weed control. In the afternoon we will go to the Morinville Seed Cleaning Plant to view their new optical colour sorter and the railcar loading facility.  $20 will include lunch.  For more information or to register, contact Karen at 587-521-2400 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 09:52

Organic Transition Workshop

Organic Transition Workshop

Weds, June 24, 2015 - Tofield Community Hall

$22 including lunch

Registration deadline June 22, 2015

Call 587-521-2400 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Date: May 29th, 30th ,31st  2015

Time:  9:00AM – 5:00PM each day

Location:  Grass Roots Family Farm - Ferintosh, AB NE-19-43-21-W4

Details:
Water is the most important element on any property and understanding how to make the most of this resource can be the difference between abundance or failure. This hands on course is for landowners, farmers, ranchers, permaculture designers, consultants and anyone looking for practical experience in the design, and implementation of rural properties around the efficient and low cost use of water. Whether you are grazing cattle or growing fruit/nut/timber trees or both, understanding how to harness the productive potential of water will be an invaluable asset on any site.

During this workshop participants will be involved in the second phase of earthworks establishment on Grass Roots Family Farm. The 3 day workshop will include the construction of a 450m swale and a 30,000 Imp gallon earth tank that will be used for flood irrigation of trees and forage, and as a water battery for the newly installed solar water pumping system. By the end of this course you will walk away with the design methodology, techniques and practical experience to implement similar systems on your own property or for other clients.  

Friday, 08 May 2015 12:30

Soils Workshop With Jill Clapperton

Thursday, July 16, 2015 at Holborn Hall (51132 RR 13, Parkland County, AB). Classroom session begins at 9 a.m. with field workshop after lunch. Participants are encouraged to bring plants (with the roots, of course).

Topics to be covered include: what is soil health? Why is it important to the health of your agroecosystem? How can we benefit from the activities of the soil biota? Plant physiology and rooting, as well as soil respiration. $60 includes lunch. Call 780-727-4447 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Friday, 08 May 2015 11:04

2015-2016 Webinar Series

Seed Systems - Broadening Our Knowledge
Our partners, the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security are excited to bring you content from across the country and continent to explore advanced topics in ecological seed production!

Exploring Participatory Research Part 2: Trialing and Record Keeping
May 13, 2015
4:00pm - 5:00pm EST


On-farm trialing is an effective way of comparing varieties to find out which may be a good fit for your farm. Join Helen Jensen, of The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, to learn how effective trialing and record-keeping strategies for vegetable crops can be essential to the success of your farm and seed operation.

Click here for more information and register for this webinar today!

Be sure to check out our first webinar in this series Exploring Participatory Research Part 1: Participatory Plant Breeding featuring Sally Humphries, Matthew Wiens, and Anne Kirk!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 10:12

Exploring Participatory Research Webinars

Exploring Participatory Research: Part 1, Participatory Plant Breeding
April 15, 2015 from 4pm - 5pm Eastern Time

What is Participatory Plant Breeding? And why does it matter for Canadian agriculture? Join our panelists to hear insights, information, and stories from the field - both in Canada and internationally. We'll hear from Anne Kirk, Coordinator of a national PPB program with the University of Manitoba; and Matthew Wiens, Manitoba farmer engaged in on-farm breeding since 2011 for wheat and oats. To register for this webinar, click here


Exploring Participatory Research: Part 2, Variety Trialing & Record Keeping
May 13, 2015 from 4pm - 5pm Eastern Time

Crops and farms, and the interaction between the two, are deeply complex systems. Often times, seeds are trialed at research stations and under optimal conditions which may be quite different from your own farm. On-farm trialing is an effective way of comparing varieties to find out which may be a good fit for your operation. Beware: record keeping is a must if you're trialing varieties!! More details coming soon! To register for this webinar, click here.
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