The Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention will be held at Brock University in St. Catharines on February 23-24, 2011. For full details, visit the website at www.ofvc.ca. The field vegetable program spans the two days. We have an exciting line-up of speakers planned. For details, see the post on this topic from December 7. Or print a pdf version of the detailed program.
Greenhouse Season Extension with Adam Montri
Presented by the Ecological Farmers of Ontario
February 21st (Monday) – Kingston – 10 am to 3 pm
February 22nd (Tuesday)- Guelph – 10 am to 3 pm
The day will include:
- Options, Options, Options: Hoophouse options including size, automation, and other pre-building decisions for warm and cool season crops
- Before You Build: Site prep, orientation, and additional construction options
- Cropping: Crop selection, timing, and scheduling for warm and cool season crops
- How to Make it Pay: Yields, harvesting and marketing – including the economics
- To Add or Not to Add: Thoughts of when to add more high tunnels
Adam Montri is an outreach specialist with the Student Organic Farm in the Michigan State University Department of Horticulture. He works with farmers in rural and urban areas throughout North America using hoophouses/hightunnels for year-round farming. He and his wife, Dru, and daughter, Lydia, own and operate Ten Hens Farm, a year-round farm, in Bath, MI.
Cost $40 for EFO members/$50 for non members. Lunch included. Please register for either session with the EFO office, 519 822 -8606, 1 877-822-8606 or email@example.com.
I’m posting a slightly updated version of the Tomato Day Program for February 17. The irrigation water talk has been moved to the morning and the Actigard talk to the afternoon.
In order to show the bean counters that someone is reading these updates and is willing to say something nice (or not) about them, OMAFRA is conducting an online evaluation. If you are that someone, please participate – thanks! Continue reading ONvegetables Satisfaction Survey
These new factsheets are now available from Service Ontario:
- 10-089: Engineering Requirements for Farm Structures, Agdex 714 (replaces Factsheet 04-013, which should be recycled)
- 10-091: Operating and Maintaining a Tile Drainage System, Agdex 752/555; New.
For a complete listing of OMAFRA products, see our online catalogue.
Order OMAFRA publications online from Service Ontario. You can also order by phone through the Service Ontario Contact Centre, 416-326-5300 or 1-800-668-9938 (toll-free).
by Dr. Jason S.T. Deveau, Application Technology Specialist, OMAFRA, Simcoe
Many years ago (in a galaxy far, far away) the Pest Management Regulatory Agency had an idea to develop a webpage that would provide the reader with clear and concise information on pesticide drift. Specialists were called in, third-party consultants were engaged and the information was hammered into a very nice explanation of what drift is and how applicators can minimize it.
Then someone had the idea to mix buffer zones into the explanation and everything ground to a halt.
District 1 of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers and OMAFRA present the 35th Annual Tomato Day. This day of educational sessions and a trade show will be held on Thursday, February 17 at the Roma Club main building, 19 Seacliff Drive East in Leamington, Ontario. Admission is $25, which includes the educational program, trade show, and a hot lunch.