* Please note: schedule subject to change
Presenters: Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens
Lakeview Organic Grains
Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens farm about 1400 acres of organic grains and vegetables, and own Lakeview Organic Grains seed and feed mill in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
For over 20 years, Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens have farmed organic grain crops and livestock with their 3 children in Penn Yan, NY. Now, their adult son, Peter Martens, farms with them. Klaas and Mary-Howell also been involved in numerous national organizations and advisory committees, including the OFRF Board of Directors and the Farm Foundation Soil Renaissance (Klaas), and the NOFA-NY Board of Directors, USDA Advisory Committee on 21st Century Agriculture (AC21), the Cornell CALS Deans Advisory Committee (Mary-Howell). They have written numerous articles for Acres USA, New Farm and other publications. Mary-Howell is in the Lakeview office every day, preparing rations, scheduling feed deliveries, maintaining accounts, paying bills, and generally being mom. Klaas works on the farm everyday, but is often on call at Lakeview, advising and assisting with facility repair and upgrade, and providing agronomic assistance to customers.
Presenter: Mary-Howell Martens
Presenter: Samantha Klinck
Funny Duck Farms
Have you ever wondered how Fodder Production works? Fodder is an innovative type of feeding in which grains are sprouted and then fed to livestock. In this session you will learn how this innovative feed system can work on your farm. Funny Duck Farms uses fodder feeding on their farm, and recently won the Premier’s Award for Innovation for their fodder feeding system. Join Samantha Klinck as she shares how the system works, what the benefits are, what animals it’s suitable for, how to get started, what infrastructure and inputs are needed, type of grains, labour, trouble-shooting, scaling to different types of operations, and the costs/savings benefits.
After selling for many years at the farm gate and an organic market in Ottawa, Samantha now runs Canada’s first Certied Organic year-round soybean-free Whole Farm CSA Program. Samantha also takes part in numerous speaking and teaching engagements each year, on farm workshops, and offers farm consulting. She is the author of Farrow to Finish: Pigs On Your Organic Farm, a guidebook about raising pastured pigs from farrow to nish using organic methods.
Presenter: Dr. Hubert Karreman
Reverence Farms and Café
Dr. Hubert Karreman is a 1995 graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He is a dairy veterinarian and independent educator of organic veterinary medicine based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His practice is limited to internal medicine. He is an internationally recognized expert in the non-antibiotic treatment of infectious disease and non-hormonal treatment of infertility. He completed a 5 year term on the USDA National Organic Standards Board (2005-2010), serving 3 years as Chair of the NOSB Livestock Committee. In 1999-2000 Dr. Karreman was on the AVMA Taskforce for Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine (CAVM), which wrote the current AVMA Guidelines on CAVM.
Presenter: Dr. Hubert Karreman
Reverence Farms and Café
Presenter: Suzanne Nelson Karreman
Reverence Farms and Café
Suzanne Nelson Karreman oversees operations on her family’s livestock farm in Saxaphaw, N.C. She was previously an investigative reporter in Washington, D.C. covering money in politics and the inner workings of Congress. She now runs a multi-faceted family business that also includes a farm-to-table café. Her passion is breeding Jersey cows and restoring the land they graze.
Presenter: Zach Loeks
Kula Permaculture Farm
This is an intermediate level workshop and assumes basic knowledge about growing garlic.
Garlic is an amazing crop! Each bulb is food, medicine, and seed. Why is garlic such a unique crop? How does garlic balance well into the garden or market garden for space/time/energy? What are the best techniques for successful organic production? This workshop explores garlic from seed to seed by following its production cycles over 12 months, including the importance of garlic diversity, seed selection, pest and disease, harvest, curing, and an in-depth discussion of Permabed management for Organic garlic production.
Zach Loeks is an educator, designer/consultant and farmer in Ontario. He grew up in New Mexico on a Permaculture homestead and now runs Kula Permaculture Farm, a Certified Organic and off-grid Permaculture farm in the Ottawa Valley. Part of the operations and production at Kula is growing and selling organic garlic seed. Zach teaches soil science at Algonquin College and runs workshops on and off the farm on topics ranging from organic gardening, root cellaring and garlic production to off-grid living, edible landscaping and whole farm design/management. His book: The Permaculture Market Garden shares his method for permaculture gardening, property design and a vision for the future of food. His research and farming practices work to integrate diversity, conserve soil and maximize farm ecosystem services without jeopardizing productivity. His next book is about the transition of entire communities and regions towards profitable, healthy and sustainable agro-ecosystems through small means and methods that bring about big change.
Presenter: Telsing Andrews
Aster Lane Edibles
Be inspired to take your seed saving efforts to the next level with this presentation on the art and science of plant breeding. Explore some of the Aster Lane Edibles’ many projects including growing clonally propagated crops like sweet potatoes from true seed, trialing unusual crops for Eastern Ontario like chufa and skirret, and selecting more robust borderline crops like cabbage and sweet peppers to not only thrive to marketable harvest but also to produce a bounty of seed for further selection.
Some topics covered:
- Overview of pertinent terminology
- Thinking about goals, techniques, serendipity and failure with examples
- Types of breeding covered: controlled cross, mass cross, landrace, true seed, local adaption, especially of material from distant geography like south America (e.g. day neutrality)
- Numbers (population and traits), sourcing material
- Thinking about when you may need laboratory testing. This is pertinent to things like potatoes.
- Not just one plant, but systems selection
Telsing Andrews owns the small seed house Aster Lane Edibles that works to provide unique plants including forgotten (by many) vegetables and new takes on old standards.
Presenter: Gerry Stephenson
Presenter: Klaas Martens
Presenter: Joel Williams
Joel Williams is an independent plant and soil health educator and consultant; a healthy soils advocate and presenter on soil biology, plant nutrition and integrated approaches of sustainable farming. Joel studied a Bachelor of Agricultural Science in Australia specialising in plant and soil dynamics and he has a keen interest in managing microbial ecology and crop & soil nutrition to optimise plant immunity and soil function. He has worked more recently throughout the UK & Europe and integrates soil chemical & biological assessments, along with plant nutritional analyses as a joined-up strategy for managing crop production. He has a passion for teaching and sharing both scientific and practical knowledge on agroecological growing practices and he is currently based in Canada finishing an MSc in Food Policy.
Hosted by: Carolyn Young, Organic Council of Ontario
Ontario currently does not regulate the use of the term “organic” on products that are traded within the province and that do not bear the Canada Organic Logo. The Organic Council of Ontario partnered to introduce Bill 153, the Organic Products Act, with two MPPs from the NDP and PC parties this September. The bill has passed second reading and the Ontario government conducted “listening sessions” with the organic sector in December 2017.
As we move closer to closing this regulatory gap in the province, we also want to engage with producers to make sure certification is accessible and inclusive. OCO is hosting a focus group session to hear from you on how best to ensure fair and transparent labelling while making sure small-scale organic farmers are able and willing to certify. Come share your feedback on a made-in-Ontario small-scale solution!
Carolyn Young is the new Executive Director of the Organic Council of Ontario. Since joining OCO, she has placed renewed emphasis on campaigning for an organic regulation in Ontario. Prior to joining OCO, Carolyn worked as the Director of Sustain Ontario, the alliance for healthy food and farming. Together with member organizations, she advocated for the support of healthier food systems through education, network development and collaborative action. Successes of the alliance include the passing of The Local Food Act, increased spending on Ontario Student Nutrition Programs, the creation of the Artisanal and Local Niche Market Chicken Programs and the introduction of a Pollinator Strategy that restricts neonicotinoid pesticides as one of its pillars.
Before Sustain, Carolyn had over 6 years of experience working on food, farming and environmental policy issues. She has worked on farms and farming issues in four provinces in addition to visiting farms across Canada and abroad as an Independent Organic Inspector.
Presenter: Kim Fellows
Why should we care about buzzing insects? Kim will draw you into the world of pollination, emphasizing how you can share your space with pollinators, especially bees, both native and domesticated.
Kim Fellows has worked part-time as the outreach coordinator for Pollination Canada, a project under the umbrella of Seeds of Diversity Canada, since 2011. Kim’s related background includes a BScH and MSc in Biology from Queen’s University, and past work at Harrow Research Station, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Kim expanded the Bee Friendly Farming program into Canada from the United States, and co-chaired a task force of the same name for the North American Pollination Protection Campaign, for three years. Currently, Kim oversees a “Pollinator Fedge” project at a community garden and is active in her Bee City hometown of Kitchener, Ontario.
Presenter: Todd Leuty
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Todd Leuty is Agri-forestry Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs since 1997, integrating tree-based industries of orchard horticulture and forestry. Areas of focus include: commercial tree nut horticulture, maple syrup production, sugar bush and maple orchard management, Christmas tree production, renewable wood energy, environmental projects promoting windbreaks and shelterbelts for crop and soil protection, riparian protection and prevention of spray drift.
Todd began working with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at Harrow as Horticultural Crops & Pest Management Specialist of commercial fruit orchards, small-fruit and wine grapes from 1987 to 1997. Todd obtained B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in 1984 and 1988 from the University of Guelph in orchard horticulture then integrated pest management in viticulture (wine grape and table grape production).
il and maximize farm ecosystem services without jeopardizing productivity.