Cover Crop Training

COVER CROP TRAINING


Offering Practical Tools to Canadian Farmers From Coast to Coast




Offering Practical Tools to Canadian Farmers From Coast to Coast



COG has been working with Farmers for Climate Solutions (FCS) to launch a new project called the Farm Resilience Management (FaRM) Program. FCS is a national coalition of farm organizations dedicated to putting forth farmer-led solutions to the climate crisis. The Farmer Training Program will include three unique courses on: nitrogen management, rotational grazing and cover cropping.

COG delivered the curriculum for the course focused on cover cropping. The free educational program is available for all farmers including organic, regenerative, transitional and conventional. There will be both an online self-directed learning component and an upfront section that is taught by regional peers. 

The curriculum is founded on practical experience from farmers in different regions across the country. The four-year project will include new content every year and also evolve in response to feedback from previous years.



Discover How Cover Crops Can Help You on Your Farm


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Through this course, you will be able to identify how cover crops can fix some of the soil problems on your farm, and how these plants can improve your bottom line. By using cover crops, you can cut back on your use of fertilizers, soil amendments and sprays, and add biodiversity to your farm.

By completing this course, you will leave with:
  • A cover crop plan adapted to your region, microclimate, soil type, equipment, crop rotation and other characteristics. You will work out how and when to plant and terminate cover crops and even have back-up plans in case something unexpected happens.

  • Tools to help adapt and expand your cover crop plan. You will have the resources to change your cover crop plan if your farm changes and as you get more comfortable using cover crops.

  • A network of contacts. During the course, you will meet Mentors and other farmers in your region. You will develop a network of people you can reach out to with questions or follow on social media to find out about upcoming workshops and farm tours.


LEARN MORE & SIGN UP

COG has been working with Farmers for Climate Solutions (FCS) to launch a new project called the Farm Resilience Management (FaRM) Program. FCS is a national coalition of farm organizations dedicated to putting forth farmer-led solutions to the climate crisis. The Farmer Training Program will include three unique courses on: nitrogen management, rotational grazing and cover cropping.

COG delivered the curriculum for the course focused on cover cropping. The free educational program is available for all farmers including organic, regenerative, transitional and conventional. There will be both an online self-directed learning component and an upfront section that is taught by regional peers. 

The curriculum is founded on practical experience from farmers in different regions across the country. The four-year project will include new content every year and also evolve in response to feedback from previous years.



Discover How Cover Crops Can Help You on Your Farm


Image

Through this course, you will be able to identify how cover crops can fix some of the soil problems on your farm, and how these plants can improve your bottom line. By using cover crops, you can cut back on your use of fertilizers, soil amendments and sprays, and add biodiversity to your farm.

By completing this course, you will leave with:
  • A cover crop plan adapted to your region, microclimate, soil type, equipment, crop rotation and other characteristics. You will work out how and when to plant and terminate cover crops and even have back-up plans in case something unexpected happens.

  • Tools to help adapt and expand your cover crop plan. You will have the resources to change your cover crop plan if your farm changes and as you get more comfortable using cover crops.

  • A network of contacts. During the course, you will meet Mentors and other farmers in your region. You will develop a network of people you can reach out to with questions or follow on social media to find out about upcoming workshops and farm tours.


Learn More & Sign up

Training Approach

The training will consist of a blended approach:



Online

An online, self-paced curriculum using multimedia learning materials complemented by an accompanying workbook



Group

Group training sessions with a mentor in the same region, often with similar crops/livestock and scales of production



The resource list will include a range of media including videos, podcasts, fact sheets, peer-reviewed journal articles, databases and websites.  



COG's National Cover Crop Curriculum 



Training Approach


The training will consist of a blended approach:



Online

An online, self-paced curriculum using multimedia learning materials complemented by an accompanying workbook



Group

Group training sessions with a mentor in the same region, often with similar crops/livestock and scales of production



The resource list will include a range of media including videos, podcasts, fact sheets, peer-reviewed journal articles, databases and websites.  



Cover Crop Training Outcomes



Training and Resources

Train over 10,000 farmers on 2 million acres across Canada over four years



Farmer

Increase the number of farmers adopting on-farm ecological practices



Profitability

Enhance the profitability of farmers by building soil and reducing input costs



Cover Crop Training Outcomes



Training and Resources

Train over 10,000 farmers on 2 million acres across Canada over four years



Farmer

Increase the number of farmers adopting on-farm ecological practices



Profitability

Enhance the profitability of farmers by building soil and reducing input costs



CCT Team


Sarah Mackenzie
Sarah Mackenzie

Program Manager

Janet Wallace
Janet Wallace

Writer


CCT Team


David Mazur-Goulet
David Mazur-Goulet

Program Manager

david.mazur-goulet@cog.ca

Janet Wallace
Janet Wallace

Writer


Program Partners


Farmers for Climate Solutions

CCT Partners


Farmers for Climate Solutions