Events (January 1st - March 31st):
Grower Pesticide Safety Course
Wednesday March 19, 2014
Rosslyn, Thunder Bay
Farmers can call 1-800-652-8573 to register and course manuals will be mailed to each participant upon their registration.
There is also an online version of the course available.
Contact: OPEP or visit their website at www.opep.ca.
|LOCAL PRODUCER OF THE SEASON:
Brule Creek Farms
Information submitted by Jeff Burke, edited by Miranda Bolt
Each season, the TBFA website will be featuring a local producer.
This season, Jeff Burke from Brule Creek Farms tells us a little on his successes and challenges in growing and milling grains into flour.
1. What led you to pursue this business?
I started this business in 2008 after working on a marketing study at Lakehead University looking at the viability of a local flour mill. I liked the idea and wrote up a business plan, purchased a piece of land and began construction of the mill. We began milling that fall and have increased our production every year since.
2. What are some daily tasks associated with your business?
In the summer time we move through the standard farming season from tillage and seeding in the spring to harvesting in the fall. We mill our flour year round, but usually mill the most in November and December when our sales are the highest. We generally mill two days a week with another day or two spent on deliveries and marketing. The rest of the time is spent doing maintenance, cleaning and doing office work.
3. What are some challenges you face running this business 'in a northern setting'?
There are some challenges to producing in our region. One being that the greater distances make it more costly to transport inputs in or
product out of the region. The other would be some of the challenges associated with our shorter growing season such as some difficulty
planting and harvesting.
4. What does 'produced locally' mean to you?
We like the idea of producing locally because it allows customers to understand where there food comes from and speak directly with the
producers. It helps producers, such as ourselves, clarify some of the misconceptions about agriculture.
5. Why encourage people to buy local?
We think it's important to buy locally because it eliminates some of the costly transportation and helps keep money in the local economy.
A little about Brule Creek Farms:
Brule Creek Farms is the only stone-milled flour producer in Northwestern Ontario. It is owned and operated by Jeff and Andrea Burke and started farming in the spring of 2008 in the township of Conmee, just west of Kakabeka Falls.
They mill both their own grains and grain purchased from other local farmers using heritage techniques with a modern spin: their grain is ground between granite stones spun by an electric motor. They mill flour on a weekly basis to ensure that their customers enjoy the freshest product possible. Brule Creek Farms flour is unbleached and contains no additives.
For more information on Jeff and his flour/additional products, visit him in person at the Thunder Bay Country Market, or visit their website at: www.brulecreekfarms.ca
Check out the below recipe using Brule Creek Farms' own partially-sifted flour type. This recipe and many more are also available on their website!
Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
2/3 cup butter
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 ½ cups rolled oats
1 ½ cups Brule Creek Farms' partially sifted flour
1 tsp salt
6 oz / 170g craisins (dried cranberries)
2/3 cup white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Cream together butter, sugar and eggs. Mix together rolled oats, Partially Sifted Flour and salt. Combine dry ingredients to butter mixture a bit at a time. Finally, mix in the craisins and white chocolate chips. Spoon onto a cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes or until nice and golden.
Ontario Federation of Agriculture Annual General Meeting
Report Submitted by Bruce Forrest - delegate, TBFA
Article by Miranda Bolt
On Monday, November 25th and Tuesday, November 26th, 2013, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture held their annual general meeting in the International Plaza Hotel in Toronto. Key events and news submitted in a report submission included various discussions on agriculture in the past year throughout Ontario. A few key discussions included:
- The discussion of wildlife and their threat to agriculture, farmers and individuals in general. Elk herds have been causing damage and are only to be hunted by Aboriginals. Bears have also become a major threat. Farmers may destroy nuisance bears but must then notify the MNR. Hunters with proper license/tags may also hunt bears in season with landowners permission. There will be a proposed 2 year trial for the Spring Bear Hunt.
- Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance provided an update. Progress was slower than anticipated this year due to bad weather and poor attendance of the board. Some funding applications have been put in place. New Liskeard will become the principle location because of its prime location in the agricultural industry.
- Research needs in Northern Ontario was discussed. Prime needs include soil testing, new crop development, further processing - marketing, long term research and new technology, along with other crop/species specific needs.
- Northern Ontario Farm Land Potential discussed the specifications of land for agricultural usage in Northern Ontario including the classes of land, infrastructure and prices.
- Bruce Forrest, TBFA delegate, gave an update on TBFA which included TBFA's Farm Safety Day, which was well received. Plans are underway for additional safety programs.
Additional speakers and members also gave various reports. President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture Ron Bonnett gave a presentation and overview on trade agreements in the agricultural industry and the need to push our products. Motivational speaker Bill Carr also did a presentation.
Excellence Award for Agriculture Students Now Open!
Farm Management Canada(FMC) and the Canadian Association of Diploma in Agriculture Programs (CADAP) have joined forces to offer an award that encourages students to improve their communication and leadership skills through a national video competition.
FMC and CADAP are are collecting submissions from agricultural students across Canada and will award three winners with $1000 towards furthering their education in agriculture.
Students are encouraged to develop their skills in voicing their opinion about farm management, through answering the following question:
What key skills has your education institution taught you on farm management that will be most useful in your career? Please explain why these are important.
Applications must be received no later than May 9, 2014. For more information please visit http://www.fmc-gac.com/excellence-award
Source: Northwest Link December/January 2014
Premier's Award Regional Winner
Congratulations to the True North Community Co-op in Thunder Bay for winning the Premier's Award!
True North brings Thunder Bay's consumers, producers and local organizations together as members for one main goal: to support small-scale farmers and build a stronger local economy by selling regionally sourced foods. This in turn puts more money in the pockets of farmers and reduces the number of kilometers that food travels. It also creates a closer link between field and table.
Source: Northwest Link December/January 2014
Thunder Bay Soil and Crop Improvement Association has a new website!
Visit us at www.tbscia.wordpress.com
What type of information do you want to see on the site?
Questions/comments welcome! Contact Christina at email@example.com
Source: Northwest Link December/January 2014
What is special about TBARS Annual Report 2013?
Submitted by Dr. Tarlok Singh Sahota, CCA
By the time you see this note, TBARS Annual Report 2013 is likely to be in the hands of TBARA members. The report contains detailed soil analysis data at the beginning and at the end of 10 years duration of 5 long term experiments on crop rotations, tillage, manure, wood ash and lime. The report also contains similar data after 9 seeding years of alfalfa in ‘Maximum Yield and Persistence in Alfalfa’; an experiment initiated in 2005. This information isn’t included in the ‘Summary of Research Results’, which is normally put on TBARS website (www.tbars.net).
A Great Farm Safety Day!
Hence this extremely valuable information will be available to the TBARA members only in TBARS Annual Report 2013. The membership fee is only $75 per year. Those who have not paid membership for 2013, may do so now by contacting Bruce Forrest at 473-9609 and get a copy of the highly informative/valuable TBARS Annual Report 2013. Please note that we have only limited copies, which will be given to the new members on first cum first basis.
All the best for 2014!
Submitted by Linda Turk
Twenty-three people turned out at the Aalbers family farm on October 5th, 2013 for a workshop on Farm Safety. Presenter Doug Lambie used photos to illustrate his talk about working safely around farm machinery, and OMAF provided technical support and printed materials.
Thanks for Farm Credit Canada for sponsoring the guest speaker's travel, and to ScotiaBank for providing the lunch.
As well, thanks to the Aalbers family for all their help and for the use of the barn and machinery.
Advertising with TBFA|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
|A Season of Preparation in Thunder Bay & Area... |
Winter time is often looked upon as a time of cold, dark days with snowfalls to blanket the area and halt regular tasks. Most may say it's a "time of rest" among farmers and local producers. Truth is, it is hardly a time of rest for them… the outlying agricultural community is always hard at work – implementing, repairing, ordering and planning for the next season. The next season of opportunity, growth and chance to better their strategic. It's hardly a season of rest…but truly a season of preparation for their next round!
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|
Click here to read more
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
Thunder Bay Federation of Agriculture updates this website four times per year. Information for our next update should be in by March 31st, with our next update posted in the first week of April. If you would like to advertise in our business directory or our events calendar, contact email@example.com
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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