Events (October 1st - December 31st):
Meeting of the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies District 15
Date: October 5, 2013.
CLE Grounds, 425 Northern Ave., Cardinal Room
It is recommended that all six fairs in the District should be sending delegates to this meeting including: Murillo (Oliver Agricultural Society), Hymers, CLE, Rainy River (Emo), Dryden and Kenora. This will be an all day event with reports of the district fairs as well as other appropriate business. Lunch and coffee breaks provided.
Contact: The CLE at (807) 622-6473
TBFA Annual General Meeting
Date: October 24, 2013.
Murillo Community Centre
Doors open at 7:00pm, supper at 7:30pm. $25/person, includes election of Board of Directors, annual report, financial statements and entertainment.
Contact:Linda Turk, (807) 577-4787 or email@example.com to reserve your spot
The Thunder Bay Soil and Crop Improvement Association Annual Meeting
Date: November 21, 2013
Murillo Hall, 4569 Oliver Rd.
Combined with the Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Association. TBARA will be in the morning at 10am and TBSCIA will be in the afternoon at 1pm. Lunch provided to members.
Contact: Christina (807) 629-2947 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details
|LOCAL PRODUCER OF THE SEASON:
Information submitted by Mike Visser, edited by Miranda Bolt
Each season, the TBFA website will be featuring a local producer.
This season, Mike Visser from My-Pride Farm (originally from Owen Sound, ON) tells us a little on his successes and challenges in raising local veal.
1. What led you to pursue this business?
I was looking for an opportunity to farm. After some research, I discovered that there was a huge movement for locally produced food in the Thunder Bay area and that there was nobody actively raising and marketing veal.
2. What are some daily tasks associated with your business?
Feeding my calves, ensuring they have adequate bedding.
3. What are some challenges you face running this business 'in a northern setting'?
The biggest draw back if the mark up on the grains that I feed to my calves. (vs prices in other parts of Canada)
4. What does 'produced locally' mean to you?
A locally produced product should be made/produced from as much local products and support as many local businesses as possible.
5. Why encourage people to buy local?
Through buying locally produced products, you support your friends and neighbours while reducing the amount of emissions
put into the environment. The product you are buying doesn't have to be truck in from long distances.
A little about My-Pride Farm:
My-Pride Farm takes great pride in raising happy and healthy animals. Their focus is on raising veal calves in an ethical manner and marketing all the meat locally. Calves are raised in large group pens with free choice access to water and feed.
Contrary to popular belief, veal calves are not babies. They are in fact the second oldest animal at market age. Veal meat is extremely juicy, tender and low in saturated fats. It is also high in vitamin B12 and iron.
My-Pride Farm offers a full range of cuts, including cutlets, steaks, roasts, ground veal etc. They also have lean breakfast sausage and GLUTEN FREE bratwurst breakfast sausage!
For more information on Mike and his veal, visit him in person at the Thunder Bay Country Market, or find and follow him at Facebook under My-Pride FARM.
To place an order, call him at (807) 631-9598
Check out the below recipe using Thunder Bay's own locally-raised veal!
To My-Pride Farm's Facebook page
Veal and Root Vegetable Stew
2 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tsp each salt and fresh cracked pepper, divided
1 lb stewing local veal
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups chopped local onion
1 cup chopped local celery
1 cup chopped local leeks
2 cloves garlic, smashed
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 sprig rosemary
1 cup dry red wine
2 cups veal or chicken broth
2 large local carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 parsnips, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup local turnip, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).
In bowl or re-sealable bag, toss flour and half the salt and pepper with veal until completely coated.
In large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown veal on all sides, about 5 minutes. Using tongs, transfer veal to plate. Stir in onion, celery and leeks, cooking until vegetables are tender and starting to brown, about 8 minutes. Stir in garlic, remaining salt and pepper, bay leaves, thyme and rosemary. Deglaze pan with wine, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir in broth and return veal to pan. Bring to simmer.
Cover and transfer to oven for one hour. Add carrots, parsnips and turnip, stirring to combine. Cover and return to oven until vegetables are tender and veal is fork tender, about 1 hour.
Serve with a green salad and crusty whole grain bread to soak up the yummy sauce.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Educating on the Local Food Movement
The Food Security Research Network has developed a report (available at www.fsrn.ca) that summarizes community ideas about how to address the challenge of providing people with enhanced access and availability of local food and still ensure that the local farm producer has a viable income.
Overview: The local food movement has been successful in increasing the availability of a variety of locally grown food. As the local food system emerges within our global, commodity-based economy, one of the resulting challenges is that local food ends up being priced out of reach for a large portion of community members because farmers need a fair price. Thus, in growing and sustaining our local food system we need to ensure fair access for vulnerable peoples and a fair price for our farmers. Our community benefits from a fair and healthy food system for all.
There are two key questions at the heart of this issue:
(1) How can our community enhance vulnerable people’s access to local nutritional foods? And;
(2) How can our community ensure that emerging local farmers are able to earn viable incomes?
To address these two challenging paradoxical questions, which have no obvious solution, we held two one-half daylong gatherings bringing 45 community members together each day that included farmers, vulnerable people, and government and public agencies that provide emergency food programs, policy advocates or programs serving vulnerable peoples.
For more information, please visit our website:www.fsrn.ca
Photo courtesy of www.fsrn.ca
Fall is an Ideal Time to Think Back and Look Ahead
Submitted by Dr. Tarlok Singh Sahota, CCA
By the time you see this note, you would have combined all cereal crops/and some corn and soybean as well. You would know how much yield you got and how much your peers got. In case you got less than others, you need to look back what did you miss and what you could do. It is time to talk to those who got record breaking yields and what contributed to such yields. Some of the other important tasks that you could do in the fall are as follows:
1. Soil testing: Take soil samples from your fields (0-15 cm soil depth for basic soil tests and micronutrients, and 0-30 cm for nitrate nitrogen and sulphur), if you haven’t done the soil tests for the last 3 years. Go for micronutrients tests, especially for zinc and boron, if you haven’t tested your soils for micronutrients in the recent past. Remember sustaining crop yields with the application of NPK fertilizers alone isn’t possible any more. You may wish to test alfalfa, soybean and corn fields for nitrogen and sulphur too, as soon as the soil temperature comes to 10-14o C or below, so that you are able to discount some residual/or fixed N from these crops next spring. At low temperatures, there is no significant transformation/or losses of nutrients. For details on soil sampling and testing, refer to Agronomy Guide for Field Crops (Section Soil Testing: www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/pub811/9soil.htm) or Soil Fertility Guide. The economic and environmental benefits from a sound fertilizer program, based on soil tests, could be many times the cost of soil testing. TBARS is considering providing custom soil sampling/testing services to our producers at a reasonable cost.
2. Manure testing: Fertilizers are one of the costliest inputs for crop production. Test manure for its nutrients content, to decide on the right rates of manure and fertilizers application to minimize costs on nutrients application/and environmental impacts, and to obtain maximum economic yields. Visit www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/livestock/poultry/bba01s24.html for details on manure sampling and testing.
3. Fertilizer application: Fall application of P and K to perennial forage crops is recommended. Take soil and manure tests, targeted yields, crop removal of nutrients and soil test based fertilizer recommendations in to consideration while planning for an optimum fertilizer program. It may be advisable to apply sulphur to alfalfa in the fall. Indication from research at TBARS is that sulphur is even more critical than potassium for winter survival of alfalfa.
4. Tillage: If you are ripping of fields under perennial forage crops, ploughing could be beneficial to loosen the soil. Zero tilled fields may be too cold in the spring for an early land preparation or seeding. Disking the fields twice in the fall or once in the fall and once in the spring followed by cultivation and seeding in the spring may be a better option as compared to conventional/or zero tillage, more so if you don’t have the no till drill or planter. You may also experiment doing all tillage operations, including pre-seeding cultivation (after disking or ploughing) in the fall, and go for direct seeding early in the spring, especially for cereals. We have tested this practice at TBARS and found it good.
This is going to keep you busy in the fall, but if you do get some free time, don’t hesitate to visit TBARS to see what we do/or grow in the fall. You may also call me and sit with me for fertilizer and crop planning for the season 2014!
The Slate River Plowing Match is a Hit Again!
Attendance was close to 400, and people certainly took advantage of sunny skies which brought on the 81st Plowing Match!
The annual event took place Sept. 6 & 7 at the usual location, just south of the Agriplex Building. Things to see and do were many, including the first-time tractor rodeo. Around 25 people entered, which looked to be a hit! Leo Blekkenhorst was first overall winner.
The major tradition was of course, the plowing competition. This year, Judge Ross MacGillivray from Ottawa came up, and also hosted a plowing clinic on the Friday afternoon. The classes were well-received.
Other events included the threshing machine demonstration put on by the Blekkenhorst boys, a combine demonstration by Rob Mol, and hands-on plowing demonstrations by Larry Bockus and his horse team. As always, there was good food and great music. Music this year was provided by the talented Lois Garrity and her friends. A big highlight was the opening of the event, in which Carolyn Carlson treated the crowd to her music on the bagpipes.
Also, a congratulations goes out to the Brekveld family, who received the Family Farm Award sponsored by OPA and BMO! It was presented to them at the Match by Shirlee Bayda-Clace.
Thanks to everyone who once again helped make this traditional event a great success!
Please check the website for official standings and more pictures, to be posted soon on the plowing match web site.
Photos courtesy of the www.slateriverplowingmatch.ca gallery.
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If your business and its customers are associated with the agriculture industry, consider advertising with TBFA! Rates are as follows:
Directory Ad- Farms which are members of TBFA pay only a single one-time fee to have their products and information listed on Directory page. Easy reference for our site viewers! ($20)
Business Ad- Send on your business card & information for posting on the Home page, direct & accessible to our site viewers! ($100/year)
Please request our web page ad form to advertise with us, or contact Brenda at email@example.com
Funding for this project was provided in part by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the
Agricultural Adaptation Council’s CanAdvance Program, Farm Credit Canada, Food Security Research Network and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.
|Shortening Days in Thunder Bay & Area... |
Fall-time comes quickly to the local producers and farmers. Things appear to be slowing down, but for the agriculture industry, there is still much to do! Crops are gathered, fields are finished and tilled up before early snow and gardens are gleaned of the last of their abundance. Then, slowly they transition into a long awaited rest…
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Canadians Unite Through Agriculture|
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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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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