In-Crop Organic Weed Management Field Day and Seed Cleaning Plant Tour
Organic Transition Workshop
Weds, June 24, 2015 - Tofield Community Hall
$22 including lunch
Registration deadline June 22, 2015
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
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.
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).
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!
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.