News & Events

Local Food Month Officially Declared at the Peterborough Ex!

Pat Learmonth accepting Local Food Month Proclamation
Farms at Work is excited to be attending the 171st Peterborough Ex! At the opening ceremonies yesterday evening Farms at Work, along with our Local Food Month Peterborough partner Transition Town Peterborough, was proud to receive the Official Proclamation of Local Food Month.

Come see us in the Innovate Ag Zone at the Memorial Centre to learn more about our Field Courses and other great resources for farmers. Also stop by the Gymnastics Building to find out how you can engage with Local Food Month, an excellent marketing opportunity for farmers in Peterborough County!

For more information about Local Food Month, check out localfoodmonthptbo.ca. Stay in touch by connecting with Farms at Work and Local Food Month Peterborough on Facebook and Twitter! And don't forget to share your local food photos with the tag #localfoodptbo on Instagram.

Visit www.peterboroughag.ca for the Peterborough Ex location and event information.

Sharing knowledge with TRACKS summer campers

The Flint Corn Community Project was a place of great excitement this afternoon as youth from the TRACKS summer camp program learned about indigenous agriculture. After being introduced to corn, beans, and squash, also known as The Three Sisters, the campers were taught the importance of tending the plants. Sitting in the shade of one of The Mount’s many apple trees, TRACKS staff Dawn Martin explained soil formation and pest management. Bea Chan of Farms at Work helped campers make solitary bee nests. 

We look forward to hosting TRACKS and many other community groups throughout the summer. Like the Flint Corn Community Project on Facebook at www.facebook.com/flintcorn.

TRACKS summer camp experiences offer kids aged 8-15 opportunities to weave Indigenous cultural knowledge with math and science curriculum. For more information on registering, visit: www.trackscamp.wordpress.com/summer-camp

Seed Production in the Market Garden: Register Now!

Bob Wildfong teaching

Join Farms at Work and The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security for a series of two on-farm workshops on Seed Production in the Market GardenRegister for both workshops and save!

Growing Seed to Support Your Market Garden

Tuesday, July 26  |  Hastings  |  9AM – 12PM  |  $20 or $35 for both workshops

Chick-a-biddy Acres has a long history in the farming community in the Kawarthas, as one of the first CSAs in the region 17 years ago. If you’ve been considering integrating seed crops as part of your market garden operation, for sale or for on-farm use, join us on July 26th to learn how Chick-a-biddy Acres is meeting the challenge! Bob Wildfong, Executive Director of Seeds of Diversity, will be on hand to answer questions about growing and saving for seed.

Best Practices for Harvesting and Cleaning Seed

Monday, September 26  |  Campbellcroft  |  9AM – 12PM  |  $20 or $35 for both workshops

On September 26th, join us for a second workshop at Urban Harvest for the opportunity to learn seed-harvesting and cleaning techniques from Urban Harvest owner and experienced seed-saver, Colette Murphy, and Jill Bishop from Urban Tomato. Urban Harvest has been harvesting and selling seed for nearly 20 years and offers over 100 kinds of seed!

For more information and to register, please visit www.kawarthaseedsaving.eventbrite.caAlso sign up for Farms at Work's e-newsletter at farmsatwork.ca to hear about other upcoming opportunities.

Flint Corn Project - Beans and Squash Are In!

Farms at Work and TRACKS had a successful second work day at the Flint Corn Project. Last Friday, June 24th, we welcomed community partners and volunteers to assist in the planting of cranberry beans and heritage squash seeds around the corn in our 37 mounds. Hopi and Cherokee beans, sunflowers and ceremonial tobacco have also been planted this season. 

We invite interested individuals and organizations to contact Dawn Martin at flintcornproject@gmail.com for more information on participation in biweekly work days, and educational program opportunities for community groups of all ages. The project aims to educate on growing and preparation of traditional indigenous foods, grown for thousands of years in our region. Both traditional knowledge and science are acknowledged in the project.

This initiative has been made possible by generous support from Sustainable Trent, Trent Oxfam, the Center for Gender and Social Justice, Trent Pan-Colleges Programming Fund, CRRC, GREAT Six Nations, the Ontario Indigenous Youth Partnership Project, the TD Friends of the Environment Fund and the Community Fund for Canada's 150th, a collaboration between the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, Community Foundations of Canada, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.