Farm Tour for New Farmers Sun Oct 5th

RAIN is excited to be on the advisory committee of the Northeastern Ontario New Farmer Network, which is is kicking off their 2014 fall/winter activities with a farm tour at Field Good Farms this Sunday October 5th. Please pass the following information on to any new farmers (or prospective farmers) that you know! New Farmer Training Series: Fall in the …

Pasture Improvement with Ben Bartlett (photos)

Ben Bartlett, Grazing Specialist from Michigan State University, visited the Algoma Pasture Improvement Project site at a recent Algoma Soil & Crop Improvement Association (ASCIA) event on July 31, 2014. During the tour Ben clearly demonstrated that the current pasture forage was a reflection of how the livestock were managed. A short presentation was given on the difficult topic of …

Social Media Webinar Series

Join the Rural Agri-Innovation Network team as we look at use of social media like Facebook and Twitter in three separate interactive webinars brought to you by the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition and GreenIT/TechTogether. You can sign up for all or a few of the webinars below: September 8th Social Media Fundamentals (Click here to RSVP) Making sense of Social …

2014 Algoma Soil & Crop Tour and Pasture Walk

Algoma Soil & Crop Improvement Association (ASCIA) and the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) hosting the 2014 Summer Tour Summer Tour will focus on pasturing livestock, with grazing specialist Dr. Ben Bartlett. Bartlett is retired from Michigan State University’s Extension Service as a livestock educator, and raises sheep and stocker cattle on 900 acres in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Starting at 7:00 …

Building Manitoulin’s Ag-Infrastructure

The Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) will be hosting an information session on Tuesday July 29th, 7 p.m. at the Spring Bay Community Centre (92 Hwy 542, Spring Bay) on Manitoulin Island. With two new funding programs announced to assist Northern farmers with tile drainage projects and developing new products, RAIN is excited about developing farm infrastructure in Algoma and Manitoulin. …

Did you Eat Algoma?

Eat Algoma was a success! Thank you! The Rural Agri-Innovation Network thanks all of the partners, sponsors, volunteers, vendors and restaurants who made this first annual event a resounding success! If you missed it, check out what Eat Algoma was all about on this Local 2 segment or at the Eat Algoma website. Congratulations to the winning restaurant Low & …

Good Food Enterprises

Join Algoma Food Network and Speaker Alvin Rebick (FoodShare) to learn how communities, organizations and businesses can teach everyone how to cook while being sustainable through social enterprise. Saturday, May 31st 2014 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. St. Matthew’s Anglican Church 1643 Wellington Street East, Sault Ste. Marie After the presentation, join Algoma Food Network for their Annual General Meeting …

SSM Urban Beekeeping: Beekeeping 101 Info Workshop

April 26th, 2014 Algoma U Learn about Honeybees & Beekeeping! Come out and learn fun and interesting facts, handle an empty hive and equipment, and learn the basics of beekeeping. April 26th: 12:30-2:30 at: Algoma University – Doc Brown Lounge Free workshop & free parking too! For more information please contact researcher & workshop presenter, Laura Wyper at:    laura.wyper@algomau.ca Poster …

Increasing Access to Local Food in Sault Ste. Marie

Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) Local Food Survey Increasing access to local food in Sault Ste. Marie  As local food becomes increasingly popular, with more people demanding locally-grown in grocery stores, farmers markets and restaurants, the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) and Buy Algoma. Buy Fresh. seek to increase access to locally produced goods in our region. With producer input, RAIN has designed …

Seedy Saturday: March 1st, 2014

March 1st, 2014 Sault College, Essar Hall, M Wing (443 Northern Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, ON) Seedy Saturday brings together gardeners, farmers, seed savers, and citizens passionate about gardening, food security and the environment. Don’t miss the seed exchange, which is the highlight of the event. Come swap your saved seeds with local gardeners or buy heritage, open-pollinated and/or unusual …