Northern Cover Crop Innovations Webinar

Wednesday December 8th, from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Register HERE How are northeastern Ontario farmers using cover crops in their field crop rotations? What are the most successful cover crops for northern climates? What are the benefits and challenges of adding cover crops to field crop rotations? Find the answers to these questions and more at this comprehensive webinar for field …

Riparian Restoration of the Thessalon River

A riparian zone is an area next to rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands.  It is usually made up of water plants and saturated soils, along with ecosystems associated with these areas. Riparian zones serve the very important role of preventing soil erosion, which improves water quality, benefits fish health, and maintains a sustainable shoreline. Without an established Riparian zone consisting …

Northern producers exhibiting at food show

Six Northern Ontario agri-food producers will be representing the North during the Restaurant Canada Show 2020 in Toronto this March. Led by Sault Ste. Marie’s Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), the delegation will include Boreal Berry Farm & Winery of Warren, Fromagerie Kapuskoise of Kapuskasing, Mountain Maple Products of St. Joseph Island, Penokean Hills Farms of the Algoma District, Purvis Fisheries of Manitoulin Island, and Quinta Quinoa, which is headquartered in southern …

EFAO is looking for Farmer-Researchers in Northern Ontario!

What are you curious about on your farm? Do you have an idea for a research or breeding trial and need help designing an experiment? The Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario can help you answer your on-farm questions with financial and technical support. Farmer-led research uses the scientific method in a way that is compatible with your farming and your …

Fair Finance Fund 2019: Update and First Impacts

The Fair Finance Fund continues to accept loan applications on a revolving basis as long as funds are available; let them know right away if you are thinking of applying. The investment campaign is also ongoing to May 2020, with interest rates from 2-4% until then. The Fair Finance Fund was launched as a pilot in November 2018, and as …

Bring Food Home Forum

A dialogue to build trust and grow sustainable farm & food businesses in Algoma The Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), Johnson Farmers’ Market, United Way of SSM & Area and Algoma Public Health are inviting Algoma’s Agriculture and Food community to the Algoma Water Tower Inn on Thursday October 10th 2019 for the Bring Food Home Forum. Farming and consumers’ preferences …

Buy Algoma Buy Local

The Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), an initiative of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, has developed a buy local branding initiative: Buy Algoma Buy Local. Buy Algoma Buy Local connects people with local food, drinks, products and experiences to build stronger communities. We do this by bringing together our local producers, processors, farmers’ markets, restaurants and retailers to support buying …

Farm to Table: A Trendy Fad or Here to Stay?

RAIN, the Rural Agri-Innovation Network, a division of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, is now ready to present its North-Central Food & Agriculture Market Study at three Farm to Table Forums in Algoma, Manitoulin and Sudbury. In 2018, local partners and RAIN contracted Harry Cummings & Associates Inc. to get a snapshot of local food purchases from the perspectives …