RAIN Field Day – Thursday August 17, 2017

Dr. Tarlok Sahota will be attending the upcoming Field Day to speak about his research trials with galega, a new forage import from Eastern Europe. Come learn about this crop and best practices to improve soil health while we tour our 2017 field research trials. Free pulled pork lunch. Sponsored by Scotiabank. Please RSVP by Monday Aug 14 for food …

Updates from RAIN’s #plant17

by Christine O’Reilly, Research Technician It’s spring in Algoma, and that means that RAIN’s field staff are trying to get new projects into the ground. We have three research projects and a crop demonstration to plant on ten different sites across the district. We’ve got a good start on two of these. Our Cross-seeding Forages Project is evaluating different ways …

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ASCIA head-to-head barley variety trials

by Mikala Parr, Research Assistant The Algoma Soil and Crop Improvement Association conducted an on-farm assessment of several varieties of feed barley. One location near Thessalon on River Road was comparing CDC Austenson and AC Encore. This field was underseeded with alfalfa, clover, and timothy. Both varieties were sprayed with Cobutox 625 and MCPA 500, and given 8-32-16 fertilizer.  Across …

RAIN to host Farm Finances Train-the-Trainer Event

In partnership with Agri-Food Management Institute and Rob Hannam from the Synthesis Agri-Food Network, RAIN will host a train-the-trainer event for farm business advisors to learn how to train others how to analyze their farm’s financial statements and take action.The workshop will provide information, tools and resources to help advisors successfully work with agri-food business owners. The workshop will introduce …

Upcoming Event:

Strategic Grazing Systems Workshop with Ben Bartlett This half day workshop will provide participants with new ideas for their grazing systems and further develop knowledge and skills to make their grazing programs more effective. Three presentations will be given with grazing expert Ben Bartlett on the following topics: · Secrets of successful grazing for productivity & profit · Putting a …

Whole Farm Planning for Graziers Workshop

View Workshop Poster April 18th, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Central Algoma Freshwater Coalition Meeting Room 9154 Hwy 17 E. Bruce Mines, ON (Across from the Shell Gas Station) Fee: $15 includes lunch, pasture planning kit, handouts & demonstrations. Speakers: Ben Bartlett, DVM & Saul Fraleigh, RAIN 15 spaces available, so please RSVP with Saul Fraleigh by Apr …

On-Farm Food Safety Workshop

On-Farm Food Safety Workshop In-class session On-Farm Food Safety Workshop Hosted by R.A.I.N Guest Presenter:  Colleen Haskins, OMAFRA representative from the Food Safety Programs Unit April 13 , 2015, 9:30 – 4pm Fee: $10 includes lunch Location: Johnson Township Community Centre (at the Desbarats Arena) 1 Cameron Ave., Desbarats, ON Come to this in-class session to hear about good agricultural …

The Family Farm (Documentary)

A new documentary film, profiling a dozen Canadian family farmers from seven different provinces including Ontario will be screened at the Mill Market (35 Canal Drive) on Sunday March 22nd at 3:30 p.m after the Mill Flea. The 70-minute documentary tells the stories of farmers from a number of farming sectors including dairy, beef, poultry and others. Trailer The Family …

Hiring: Food Action Coordinator (Internship)

RURAL AGRI-INNOVATION NETWORK (RAIN) FOOD ACTION COORDINATOR INTERNSHIP The Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) and NORDIK Institute (Algoma University) are seeking a new graduate to work with a diverse group of stakeholders to facilitate skills development and event coordination to benefit the food and farming sector of Algoma. The individual will implement opportunities for networking …

Foodies and Farmers Discuss Local Food Strategy for Sault Area

On November 21st and 22nd, 2014, the Sault & Area Food Summit took place in downtown Sault Ste. Marie. Organized by the RAIN, the two-day Food Summit kicked-off Friday evening with a Harvest Dinner Fundraiser which raised nearly $5,000 for the Soup Kitchen’s Good Food Box. Saturday, the Food Summit continued with an interactive community discussion. Guest speakers from across …