News & Events

The Value of Protecting Farmland

Let's talk about whether we need to be concerned about our farmland in the face of development pressure to build on good agricultural land. Bring your thoughts.


Monday May 27, 

6:30 coffee and dessert, 7PM start

Baxter Creek Golf Club, 1702 Cedar Valley Road, Fraserville (near Millbrook)

Tickets are free, RSVP requested:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-value-of-protecting-farmlan…

The evening will feature presentations by Farms at Work, Ontario Farmland Trust, and Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

Presentation topics will include:

  • the cost of providing municipal services for farmland vs. residential land using a case study from Ontario

  • the value of food-producing lands, and how much land is needed to feed us

  • the status of farmland protection in Peterborough County

  • the use and benefits of protecting farmland with provincial policies and Farmland Easement Agreements

All are welcome to attend and join the conversation. Questions and discussion are encouraged, and there will be time to chat with presenters dring the evening.

This is FREE event but donations at the door will be accepted to support the continuing work of the host organizations.

Farms at Work honoured by Sustainable Peterborough

We are pleased to have been honoured, along with Otonabee Region Conservation Authority, for our work in protecting water quality. Last year the East Central Farm Stewardship Fund assisted 7 farms - 3 in Peterborough County - to achieve on-farm improvements that will help keep water clean. 
Visit www.ecfarmstewardship.ca for details of the program or to apply.

Peterborough County Young Farmers' Spring Social

Break through the frost and come cultivate your farming friendships at the Peterborough County Farmers' Spring Social on Saturday, April 13th!

Visit with old friends, share stories and make new connections with other young farmers in your area at this open house hosted by BE Catering, Farms at Work, the Peterborough County Junior Farmers and the Peterborough County Ag Round Table.

  • Complimentary snacks
  • Live music (supported by your donations)
  • Cash bar

 

When: Saturday, April 13th, 2019, 7PM to approx 10PM

Where: BE Catering, 356 Charlotte St., Peterborough

Who: Peterborough County young farmers (age 19 to 40ish) and their young-at-heart supporters

 

Get your free ticket today! Space is limited  - so click on the link below to register ASAP. For more information please contact Katie Jackson at stewardship@farmsatwork.ca.

 

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/peterborough-county-young-farmers-spring-social-tickets-59458845006

New Funding Available for On-Farm Clean Water Projects!

If you are a farmer or own farmland, the new East Central Farm Stewardship Fund offers you access to additional funding and technical support for your on-farm clean water projects in 2019 and 2020. This funding program is delivered through the East Central Farm Stewardship Collaborative (ECFSC) which operates in Northumberland, Peterborough and Hastings Counties, the City of Kawartha Lakes and Durham Region.

The ECFSC partners work directly with you to support the agricultural use of your land, while helping you to access funding and technical assistance to complete your project.  Currently, on-farm clean water projects are our funding priority and include the following: 

  • fencing livestock out of waterways,
  • providing alternate watering sources for livestock
  • planting vegetative buffers alongside watercourses and ponds
  • installing eavestroughs and diversions around barnyards
  • planting cover crops 
  • restoration of wetlands

This grant can also be added to other sources of funding. Contact any member of the Collaborative as soon as possible as funding is limited. Visit ecfarmstewardship.org for contact information or to complete an online application in minutes.

 

This program was undertaken with financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal Department of Environment and Climate Change. 

Farms at Work is a member of the East Central Farm Stewardship Collaborative.

Have a planting project? Winter is also the right time to contact your local Conservation Authority about tree seedling sales!

Farms at Work: 2018 Accomplishments

It was our pleasure to serve the farming community across east central Ontario through a wide range of activities throughout 2018! To see a sample of what we have been up to visit the link below...