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Events (July 1st - Sept. 15th):

Hymers Agricultural Society 2nd Annual Summer Series of Hunter-Jumpers Schooling Shows
July 12 & August 23, 2015, shows start at 9:00am
Hymers Fair Grounds, 47 Hymers Fair Drive
Come out and watch our young show jumpers in the making! These are the second/third of three competitions this summer that will lead to individual point scoring. Spectators get in for free and a food concession will be open.
For more info OR to register as a participant: Randy at (807) 577-9067

Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Association Annual Crop Tour
Date: July 22, 2015, beginning at 10am
Starting at the Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Station, Little Norway Road
Come join us for a guided crop tour, beginning at TBARS touring plot trials with Dr. Tarlok Sahota at 10:30am, followed by a lunch!
Contact: www.tbars.net

Thunder Bay Soil and Crop Annual Summer Crop Tour
Date: July 28, 2015, beginning at 10am
Starting at Trumar Farms, Highway 61
This year's tour includes fungicide trials on barley, drone demo on fungicide trials and more! Join us afterwards for lunch along with a presentation from the Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance (NOFIA).
For more information: Christina, cmol@lakeheadu.ca

124th Murillo Fair
Date: August 14, 15 & 16, 2015
Murillo Fairgrounds, 4559 Oliver Road, Murillo
An annual tradition! Join neighbours and friends for outdoor, country fun! Includes horse gymkhana, vendor booths & displays, chariot racing, rabbit & poultry judging and plenty of food!
For more information: info@oliveragriculturalsociety.com, www.oliveragriculturalsociety.com


2015 Hymers Fair
Date: Labour Day weekend, September 6 & 7, 2015
Hymers Fairgrounds, the village of Hymers (see website for directions)
A true classic country fair, this is the place to see the biggest pumpkins grown locally, horse and cattle shows, and chat with the friendly people that come out each year to enjoy a real atmosphere of country living!
For more information: Debbie Hoover (807) 475-8586, info@hymersfair.com

83rd Annual Slate River Plowing Match
Date: September 11 & 12, 2015
Thunder Bay Agriplex, corner of Piper Drive & Highway 130
Enjoy a classic annual event, the annual plowing competition! Fresh-plowed plots for judging, watch or take part yourself! Country music, local booths, food and much more! We are also looking for advertisers and sponsors for our 2015 Plowing Match Booklet.
For more information: Tom Loghrin (807) 475-4022, tomlo@tbaytel.net

Canada's Outdoor Farm Show
Date: September 15, 16 & 17, 2015
Canada's Outdoor Park, Woodstock, Ontario
Will you be in the Woodstock area around this time? Why not check out this superior event! Sure to please anyone interested in farming, farm life, crops, animals or even young farmers in the making! 100's of exhibitors, free parking while showcasing the most innovative farm technology! Adults $10, Youth (6-17) $5, Children (under 6 ) FREE.
For more information: www.outdoorfarmshow.com

This summer, the Gillies Community Centre's Seed Swap & Social invites all rural gardeners to plant an extra row of produce to donate to the Rural Food Bank. Bring in your fresh produce the third Wednesday of every month before 11:00am to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 13 Marian St., Kakabeka. Any produce that can be handled and stored is recommended. Thank you for your help & donations!

4H Continues to Teach Lifelong Skills!
Source: The Oliver Paipoonge, Volume 18, Number 7

4H4H is an organization of leaders building leaders and is based on a “Learn To Do By Doing” philosophy. Members aged 9-21 and volunteer leaders come together to create a 4H club, where members learn about selected topics through hands-on activities and mentorship.

Recent activities included the following: The OUTDOOR PROJECT, where 10 members of the Thunder Bay 4H Club learned skills in relation to first aid and survival outdoors, specifically overnight. Weather tips led by Graham Saunders proved to be very informative including rainfall measurement and types of clouds. Marianne Stewart led the group in learning about edible weeds, while Jamie Freemantle pointed out sights and signs where northern animals had passed through.

Achievement Day was held on June 24, where friends and members enjoyed a campfire, games and fellowship.

Though 4H does not run through the summer months, these participants will be busy helping out at various events including the Strawberry Social and Murillo Fair. 4H projects will commence again in late September.

Special this year, 4H celebrates its 100th Anniversary! Plans are being made to have a 100th Anniversary Open House for the area. All will be welcome to attend to share memories of their past 4H experiences!

If you are interested in joining 4H, as a member or a volunteer, or if you have a suggestion for a 4H opportunity, please contact Stacey Freemantle (474-3979) or Jean Wilson (935-2587) or email thunderbay4h@hotmail.com.

Food Security Research Network
Submitted by Rebecca Schiff

Food Security Research Network (FSRN) has been exploring the work and innovation of Northern Ontario local food initiatives since 2011. In 2015, FSRN completed profiles of ten local food initiatives in northern Ontario. These initiatives are collectively emerging as a connected and resilient Northern Ontario food hub. Learn more at www.fsrn.ca/researchandlearning

Northern Farmers Markets: Summer Satisfaction
By Miranda Bolt, sourced from various publications/sites

Lately, there's been a lot of talk on supporting local, buying local, eating local. Restaurants are boasting local ingredients on their menus and dishes. Local grocers advertise their "from local farm" beef and cuts. And local farmers' markets seem to be popping up everywhere (expanding, for that matter!) I thought to include some links and information at hand for your list of must-see local and area markets this summer…a great alternative to a day spent shopping or at home. Plus, take the kids along for some educational reference to where their food CAN come from!


Perhaps one of the largest in the Thunder Bay area in terms of vendors: the Thunder Bay Country Market. Located on the CLE Grounds in the Dorthy Dove Building, visitors are encouraged to come check out what vendors have to offer, every Wednesday 4-7pm (summer months) or Saturdays 8am-1pm (year-round). With over 100 vendors and 6,000 visitors every week, there is sure to be something to catch your eye! Features: local meats, cheese, eggs, produce and chocolate plus baking, meals, clothing and crafts! www.thunderbaycountrymarket.com

Thunder Bay Farmers' Market located in Victoriaville Centre runs its seasonal markets May to mid October, Tuesdays and Fridays 9am-4pm. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, you can also find a selection of vendors at the Wilson Street Park. (Wednesday: 11:30-4pm/Saturday: 8am-12pm.) Features: A smaller selection of producers boasting local northern taste.

The Roots to Harvest Market Garden gives local youth a chance to get their hands right into the local movement. A youth-led market garden is located right in the heart of Thunder Bay, July and August, while produce harvested is sold fresh and local. Also available through Roots to Harvest: compost workshops and garden tours! Features: Fresh produce, granolas, honey. www.rootstoharvest.org


Take the scenic drive out to rural Lappe on a Friday afternoon or evening to see what the Willow Springs Creative Centre features on a weekly basis! Fridays from 3-7pm showcase a variety of local items and activities for kids! They are a not-for-profit centre, also providing inclusive art, gardening and food programming/training to local institutions, organizations and the general public. Features: wood-fired pizzas/breads, preserves, honey, baking, cheese, art and more. www.willowsprings.ca

A weekend drive to the village of Kakabeka will bring you more to see than just the falls! Come visit on Saturdays at the Kakabeka Village Market from 10am-1pm at the Kakabeka Legion, 4556 Hwy 11/17. The market starts up on June 27 and runs right until December 19 to include a chance to eat local & shop with local artisans and unique vendors from and around Kakabeka village. Features: Great produce, baking, crafts and more variety! www.kakabekafarmersmarket.ca

Another country classic market takes you to the small village of Nolalu: The Nolalu Market. Small but sure to have something for everyone! Friday's from 4-7pm beginning June 26 through until the end of September, on the corner at Hwy 590 on the T intersection with Hwy 588, you'll find smiling faces, friendly vendors, and lots, lots more! Features: garden herbs & plants, yummy home baking, select fruit and veggies, and a selection of crafts and garden decorations. www.nolalu.ca/nolalumarket


Superior Seasons Food Market - Online Store is your online farmers' market with sustainably grown and hand-crafted items from verified, local vendors only. Features: visit their site! www.marketstore.locallygrown.net

Travelling out and about Northern Ontario?
Check out or stop by any of these other northern farmers markets:

Clover Valley Farmers' Market, Fort Frances - Features: local produce, preserves, baking and meats
Cloverbelt Country Farmers' Market, Dryden - Features: Farm fresh produce and meats, preserves, baked goods and mixes
Matiowski Farmers' Market, Kenora - Features: Local souvenirs, art, breads, cheeses and meats
Algoma Farmers' Market, Sault Ste. Marie - Features: Seasonal produce, baking, preserves and syrups

Get Fresh, Eat Local 2015 Workshops!
By Miranda Bolt, sourced from Erika Gibson, TBDHU

Sterilizing? Pectin? Your questions on canning will be answered! So pencil in and check out any of these upcoming free workshops! (*Register in advance by calling 625-8343. Hurry, space is limited!)


Canning 101
What: Learn how to can jams and jellies! Great fun for those who have always wanted to try the art of making one's own preserves!
When: Tuesday, July 28, 6:30pm
Where: RFDA (Regional Food Distribution Association)

Canning 102
What: Learn how to pickle some of your favourite vegetables!
When: Tuesday, August 11, 6:30pm
Where: RFDA (Regional Food Distribution Association)

Abstracts of my presentations at Botany 2015 - Edmonton, Alberta - July 25 - 29, 2015 - The Joint International Conference between several societies (including the CSA)!
Submitted by Dr. Tarlok Singh Sahota, CCA

Two abstracts of my Power Point Presentations to be made at Botany 2015 (pasted below) could be useful to the readers of TBFA:

1. Effect of urea, ESN and ammonium sulphate on barley for grain and silage production in northwestern Ontario. Urea, the predominant N fertilizer for crop production in Ontario/Canada, is subject to high N losses. ESN, a slow release N fertilizer, could be an alternative to urea; though in cold weather it may be too slow to release N, especially for spring cereals. Part application of N from ammonium sulphate (AS) could meet sulphur requirements of crop plants. A set of two field experiments, on barley for silage/and grain production, with 7 treatments, including a no N check, 70 kg N/ha from urea/or ESN or blends of the two fertilizers/and their blends with AS, was conducted in completely randomized block design, replicated four times, during 2013-’14 at Thunder Bay, Ontario. Averaged over 2 years, it was found that application of 70 kg N/ha from urea/or ESN increased the barley grain and silage yields by over 1.5 MT/ha. Both urea and ESN produced similar grain and silage yields. Part substitution of N (10 kg N/ha) from urea/or ESN with AS or the combined application of the three fertilizers in 4:2:1 proportion on N basis, didn’t significantly improve the grain or silage yield. Application of N from urea @ 50 kg N/ha and ESN @ 20 kg N/ha (at an extra cost of only $6/ha) increased the barley grain yield marginally, but improved the silage yield significantly (by 1.25 and ~1.5 MT/ha as compared to urea/or ESN alone @ 70 kg N/ha. Grain protein content varied from 11 % in check to 12.1 % in ESN @ 70 kg N/ha/and urea @ 50 kg N/ha + ESN @ 20 kg N/ha. Application of N @ 70 kg/ha improved the forage protein content by/up to 2 % points. At equal N rates, forage protein content was somewhat higher with ESN (12.8 %) than urea (12.3 %), but a little lower than urea @ 60 kg N/ha + AS @ 10 kg N/ha (13.1 %).

2. Effect of urea, ESN and ammonium sulphate on forage grasses production in northwestern Ontario. Urea, the predominant N fertilizer for crop production in Ontario/Canada, is subject to high N losses. ESN, a slow release N fertilizer, could be an alternative to urea; though in cold weather it may be too slow to release N, especially for the first cut in grasses. Part application of N from ammonium sulphate (AS) could meet sulphur requirements of crop plants. A field experiment, on forage grasses mixture (timothy 50 %, bromegrass 42.5 % and orchardgrass 7.5 %), with 7 treatments, including a no N check, two rates of N (105 and 140 kg N/ha) from urea, urea + ESN (3:1 on N basis) and urea + ESN + ammonium sulphate (5.5:2.5:1.95 on N basis) was conducted in completely randomized block design, replicated four times, during 2012-’14 at Thunder Bay, Ontario. In earlier studies, response to N in timothy was linear up to 105 kg N/ha. Hence 140 kg N/ha was included in this study. Averaged over 2 years, it was found that application of N @ 105 kg/ha from urea/or urea + ESN/or urea + ESN + ammonium sulphate (AS) at least doubled the forage dry matter yield (DMY). Increasing the N rate from 105 to 140 kg/ha with urea, urea + ESN and urea + ESN + AS increased the grasses DMY by 560, 790, and 900 kg/ha, respectively. DMY increase by urea + ESN + AS @ 140 kg N/ha, as compared to urea @ 105 kg N/ha, was 1,444 kg/ha. At an extra cost of ~$72.2/ha from urea + ESN + AS, the blend gave an additional gain of $144.4/ha @ $100 MT of grass hay. This meant two dollars return for every dollar invested in the additional N supply from the three fertilizers as compared to urea alone. First cut protein content in the dry hay ranged from 12.5 % in check to 19.3 % with urea + ESN @ 140 kg N/ha (3:1 on N basis). The protein content in other fertilizer treatments ranged from 14.7 to 17.7 %.

The take home message from these studies is that (i) 105 Kg N/ha, as has been recommended by OMAFRA for forage grasses production, is below optimum and (ii) it is rewarding to use multiple sources of N (urea, ESN and AS) for crop production. Increased protein content by the use of ESN is noteworthy.

Note: CSA stands for Canadian Society of Agronomy and N for actual nitrogen!

2nd Annual Local Food Week
By Miranda Bolt, sourced from Northwest Link, June 2015 & loveONTfood.ca
This past June 1-7, Ontario's second annual Local Food Week took place, promoting the love of local goodness within our communities of Ontario! The goal of this week was to spread awareness and provide inspiration of producing, buying and working with local food & products. Through social media, website ads, and simply talking with local members of the community, we can not only take part in Local Food Week, but promote it every day!
The website www.loveONTfood.ca provides a whole listing of links, images and resources for more information. Here in Thunder Bay and area, encouragement is made to continue to support our local farmers! However, local can also mean to support our local southern Ontario farmers for products that may not grow in this particular area!


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Summertime in Thunder Bay and Area...

There is something in the warm early morning rays of sun, a humid afternoon rain, the glow of an evening campfire, that leaves us feeling revived and happy in the things associated with summertime! But while many of us are headed out to camp, out and about in our yards, or trying out our luck at fishing, the farmers and producers are in their busiest season. While their workdays may be as long as the daylight hours, there is a sense of satisfaction in summertime farm work. Watching the springtime planting grow into a bountiful crop. Taking advantage of the hot sun for hay making. Preparing food storage for herds that will take effect during the upcoming winter months. Canning and preserving as things begin to ripen… Be sure to check out the great summer farmers' markets happening around the area! Thank you to all our local farmers and producers who work countless hours to keep local food growing during the summertime!


Passport to Safety: Is a national safety test, certification and transcript program for workers. The Passport verifies a basic level of workplace health and safety knowledge to help workers become smarter and safer around the places they work.
Passport to Safety is currently offering a Passport to Farm Safety Course. Click here for more info!

Agriculture Economic Impact Study
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Canadians Unite Through Agriculture
Proud of agriculture? This Canadian website sheds light on the great stories across the country that Canadians choose to share on their experiences in this great industry! Visit www.agriculturemorethanever.ca

Website Updates
Thunder Bay Federation of Agriculture updates this website four times per year. Information for our next update should be in by September 7th, with our next update posted in the second week of September.
If you would like to advertise in our business directory or our events calendar, contact miranda@tbfarminfo.org

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Teaching Resources

Have questions about agriculture? want to get the real facts about farming? Check out the resources available through Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc. website. www.oafe.org

The Thunder Bay Dairy Educator is available to teachers for presentations on dairy farming and dairy goodness. Contact your Thunder Bay Dairy Educator today for your FREE visit! Trudy Reid-935-3224 or reidridgefarm@rogers.com

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Job Opportunities
Co-operative learning students and farm hands
Co-operative learning students and farm hands are always needed in the area. If you are interested in such an opportunity, please call Peter Aalbers at 939-1644 or e-mail him at peter@tbfarminfo.org.


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