Start a Food or Farm Co-op Workshop

Nov 16th 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm 180 Gore St. Sault Ste. Marie, ON Farmers and Food Lovers Alike! Learn how the co-op model could help you achieve your food or farm goals and build resilient businesses. This workshop will explain the fundamentals of what a co-op is, how these businesses are structured and some key steps to getting your …

Call for Livestock Producers along Streams

In Algoma, we are very fortunate to be in the middle of three of the Great Lakes; with Lake Huron, Lake Superior, and Lake Michigan all within driving distance, it also means there are a lot of waterways and streams that flow to those lakes. Algoma has a large percentage of livestock producers and most of those producers pasture their …

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 …

Twilight Pasture Tour 2017

Wednesday August 2, 2017 6:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Algoma Community Pasture Hwy 129, Fire # 142 – Approx 3km North of Thessalon Speakers and topics: Barry Potter (OMAFRA Agriculture Development Advisor) Potential Grass Mixtures Emily Potter (Beef Farmers of Ontario) Beef North Projects Megan Van Schaik (OMAFRA Beef Specialist) Managing Beef on Pasture Christine O’Reilly (OMAFRA Forage & Grazing …

Tools for farm finance

Farm Financial Management The benefits of farm record-keeping are numerous. They can show key indicators for farm success and can also be used to monitor the impacts of decisions. Record-keeping is also beneficial for utilizing different programs like AgriStability, Growing Forward 2 and Traceability. On Feb 11th, 2017, RAIN hosted John Molenhuis (Business Analysis and Cost of Production Specialist) from …

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 …

Five marketing tips from Slate River Dairy

Slate River Dairy is owned by Jim and Wilma Mol, the Dairy produces, pasteurizes and distributes local milk and dairy products in Thunder Bay. The farm’s aim is to provide Thunder Bay with the freshest dairy products possible and to operate a bottle-washing system for reusable glass milk bottle packaging. The products (ranging from cocoa milk, yogurt, kefir, and whole …

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Keyline Plowing and Soil Moisture

by Mikala Parr, RAIN Research Assistant In 2015 a trial involving a keyline subsoiler plow was put in place. Subsoiling can sometimes increase a soil’s water holding capacity by fracturing compacted layers (plow pans) and creating channels for water to infiltrate the soil. The keyline pattern runs across a slope – like contour cropping – and attempts to distribute water …

Management Tools for Syrup Producers

The Next Generation North program had a number of workshops over the last three months on topics of marketing, financial management and value-added processing. Not a lot of time was specifically on maple syrup producers, so this blog post summarizes some tools that producers may find useful. These tools come from Michael Farrell (Extension Associate) of Cornell University who spent …