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New Farmer Training Program - Term 2

Welcome to Term 2 of the New Farmer Training Program!


Term 2 focuses on applying farm language and knowledge, and consists of 8 workshops, 6 half-day Field Days, and 4 Farm Tour Workshop Days.


All events in Term 2 are on Wednesdays.  The workshop days run from 9-4:30pm with a 1.5 hr break for lunch. Bring a bag lunch to eat with the farm staff, picnic outside, or drive to nearby restaurants. There may be an optional work-bee.  You will be notified ahead of time about the nature of the task. For specific timing, see individual session details below.  There will be 1.5hrs for lunch and travel to the next location when two locations are included on the same day.


Unless otherwise specified, all sessions take place in Room 236 at the Orchard Park Office Centre, on the Ignatius Farm property in Guelph.


From the list below, you can select individual workshops or field days, or you can opt to sign up for the full term. If you are an EFAO member, make sure you've signed into your account before registering so you can access the member discount.


Ticket Options

Ticket Price Quantity
Full Term
Field & Bed Preparation
May 6, 9-12pm Learn different methods of field and bed preparation, the dangers of over cultivation, and innovative no-till options. Primary and secondary tillage equipment will be shown as well as smaller scale hand tools.
Weed Management
May 6, 1:30pm-4:30pm This workshop will introduce the importance of managing weeds, the basics of weed identification, and various preventative and reactive control measures.
Farm Tour & Workshop: Spring Indoor Growing at Common Ground Farm
May 13, 9:00-4:00pm Common Ground Farm, 6986 Middle River Road, St.Thomas. Join us for a full day trip to Common Ground Farm. Participants will tour their farm and attend a short workshop on spring indoor growing.
Field Day: Mapleton's Organic Dairy
May 27, 9-12pm 8548 Wellington Road 7 RR#1, Moorefield. Known for their ice cream produced with the help of their 70 cows, they also raise pigs, chickens and turkeys. Tour the farm & hear about their experience as an incubator farm for new farmers.
Field Day: Greenhouse Management at Reroot Organic Farm
May 27, 1:30-4:30pm Reroot Organic Farm, 5642 11th Line, RR#4, Harriston. A tour of Reroot Organic Farm. Reroot is a small, diversified farm producing local, organic and handcrafted food in Wellington County.
Watering and Irrigation Principles
June 3, 9am-12pm Everdale, 5812 6th Line, Hillsburgh. An introduction to irrigation on farms, water stress on plants, when to irrigate and how much. Participants will learn about different irrigation options and see them in action.
Early Season Harvesting and Post-harvest Handling
June 3, 1:30-4:30pm Everdale, 5812 6th Line, Hillsburgh. Learn how produce quality and shelf life are affected by harvest hygiene, timing, and techniques as well as post-harvest handling, cooling, and storage.
Farm Tour & Workshop: Permaculture and Agritourism at Manorun Farm
June 10, 9:00-4:00pm 782 Hwy #52, Lynden. A full day outing that includes a farm tour and permaculture workshop. See how they've integrated agri-tourism and permaculture into their farm and how these affect production and resource efficiency.
Field day 1 TBA
Field Day 2 TBA
Farm Tour & Workshop: Farmer Health at Zocalo Organics
July 8, 9:00-4:00pm 5881 Third line, Hillsburgh Visit a local vegetable farm growing for CSA, restaurants, wholesale and market. Farm tour will be followed by a discussion about caring for your body and mind during the hectic growing season.
Identifying and Controlling Pests and Diseases
July 15, 9am-12pm Unfortunately we're not the only ones who find our crops tasty! This workshop provides a basic understanding of the role of insects in agriculture and how to manage pests and diseases throughout the growing season.
Cover Crops and Green Manure on a Vegetable Farm
July 15, 1:30pm-4:30pm What is cover cropping and green manure, and how are they used in crop rotations? Learn how cover crops & green manures can help increase soil health, crop health, and water retention.
Field Day: Seed Production and Saving at Fertile Ground Farm
July 22, 9-12pm 1560 Carmel Koch Rd St. Agatha Learn about the Seeds of Diversity Seed Library, and take a tour of this farm that mainly grows vegetables for their CSA. See the seed production plots for their farmer-research with EFAO.
Field Day: Orientation to Cut Flower Markets at Garden Party Flower Farm
July 22, 1:30-4:30pm 1528 Notre Dame Drive, St. Agatha Tour the farm which produces flowers for weddings, u-pick, and farmers markets, and participate in a short workshop about cut flower markets in Ontario.
Farm Tour & Workshop: Farm Equipment Maintenance with Thiessen Tillage
August 12, 9:00-4:00pm 1167 Lakeshore Rd W, St. Catharines Farm tour with a demonstration of various types of equipment, plus a workshop on equipment maintenance. Learn how to change the oil in your tractor and troubleshoot minor equipment issues.
Growing Medicinal Herbs and Teas
Aug 19, 9am-12pm Scott Reid from Althea Herb Farm will share his experience with growing herbs for medicine and tea, including production practices, varieties and markets. Participants will have the opportunity to visit the farm plot on site.
Understanding, Making and Using Compost and Compost Tea
Aug 19, 1:30-4:30pm Compost is a great way to boost your soil health. It can also be turned into a tea and applied to crops to help with growth or manage pests and diseases. Learn to make great compost and how to turn it into compost tea.

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