Edible Forests in Guelph

Dave Jacke is our Thursday guest speaker for 2015. Dave is part of the team responsible for introducing temperate climate forest gardening. He will be doing a full day workshop on Thursday, January 29, 2015. Don't miss it! SET YOUR GPS FOR: 50 Stone Rd. East, Guelph University Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1G 2W1

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  • Edible Forest Gardening Volume 1 and 2 are award winning books and the go to resource for forest gardening.

    Edible Forest Gardening Volume 1 and 2 are award winning books and the go to resource for forest gardening.

  • Dave helped define forest gardening and opened up many new ways of thinking about how ecosystems function.

    Dave helped define forest gardening and opened up many new ways of thinking about how ecosystems function.

2015 Workshops at the GOC

2015 Workshops at the GOC

Come and see over 40 workshops over four days about Crops, Livestock, Urban Ag, Pollination/Horticulture/BioDiversity, Permaculture, and Biodynamic agriculture.
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Register for the Conference

Register for the Conference

Opens November 1, 2014. Register early to get the best prices to attend the conference.
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Exhibitors at the Conference

Exhibitors at the Conference

Find out who will be showcasing their wares, from heritage organic seeds, to market garden machinery, to finding land to start farming. It's all here under one roof.
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Volunteer for the GOC

Volunteer for the GOC

Want to learn more about the GOC behind the scenes? Want to rub shoulders with the leaders in organics, want to get in free? Volunteering will do all that and so much more.
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A Social Revolution Brings the Power Back to the People for a Sustainable Future

WireService.ca Press Release (10/16/2014) Vancouver, BC

A PROFIT SHARING CROWD-SOURCED ORGANIC FARM

A PROFIT SHARING CROWD-SOURCED ORGANIC FARM

Join the social revolution on October 23 with Athena Organic Farm + Eco-Retreat through their crowd-sourced, profit sharing project in Southern B.C. By leveraging crowds-funding technology with Kickstarter this 6 week public awareness campaign is focused on the resurgence of giving the power back to the people for a sustainable future by giving them the power to choose- the power to invest in projects that have an immediate return, support the community, are holistic, sustainable, and preserve the planet.

Athena Organic Farm + Eco-Retreat marks a historical moment in time as one of Canada’s first real estate and agricultural crowd-sourced campaigns. The project involves the acquisition of a fully-functional and profitable 50-acre certified organic farm in Similkameen River in the Okanagan Valley. The farm has its own water source and expansion plans for agri-tourism, crop expansion, and a 6,000 sq.ft. eco-retreat set to launch Spring 2015.Through this public awareness campaign, Athena plans to entice investor newbies and veterans alike to get involved with this ethical, and social ROI. With as little as $10 investors can co-create this social revolution and support buy local, farm-to-table initiatives that nourish the planet and support the community.

“I’ve always been fascinated with building holistic projects that serve the needs of the people, creates abundance for all, and preserve our planet through living art.” says Kyrstine McInnes; Visionary Steward of Athena Organic Farm + Eco-Retreat. “And my fascination with the crowd-funding, P2P lending space has been growing since the discovery of companies like Kiva Micro-loans and Kickstarter. I see the connection between the shifting of wealth from the few to the many, along with the merging of the social and sharing economies and the breakthroughs in technology that are allowing these kinds of platforms to be massively successful” McInnes continues. “Companies like Uber, AirBNB, Kickstarter, and Patch of Land – we see the emerging market and we know this is not just a fad, this is a revolution in the way we communicate, gain support for and fund projects.”

 

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Seed Facilitation Fund

The goal of the Seed Facilitation Fund is to help build a diverse and resilient seed system by strengthening the capacity of ecological vegetable seed and field crop producers. The Fund provides financial support to organizations and individuals who share the values and goals of our program, and who are undertaking initiatives that help advance the following objectives:

  • To increase the quality, quantity and diversity of ecologically grown Canadian seed
  • To promote public access to seed
  • To facilitate information-sharing and collaboration among individuals and organizations committed to advancing an ecological and diverse seed system in Canada
  • To respect, advance, and promote the knowledge of farmers in seed and food production

CROPS OF INTEREST

Our program focuses on ecological vegetable seed and field crops that are important for food security, can be viably grown in Canada, and have commercial potential.

Regarding ecological vegetable seed, we are particularly interested in supporting projects that help ecological seed producers and seed companies scale up production and distribution, in order to supply local farmers with local seed. On the field crops side, we are particularly interested in helping the organic field crop sector respond to demand, which currently outstrips the supply in Canada.

RESOURCES AVAILABLE

Applicants may submit proposals for a maximum of $8,000 per project. In total, approximately $200,000 will be allocated across the country in 2015.

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Farming the Woods

Farming the Woods

An Integrated Permaculture Approach to Growing Food and Medicinals in Temperate Forests

a book by Ken MudgeSteve Gabriel

With information on mushrooms, sugaring, ginseng, fruit and nut trees, forest farming in a changing climate, and more…

Learn how to fill forests with food by viewing agriculture from a remarkably different perspective: that a healthy forest can be maintained while growing a wide range of food, medicinal, and other non-timber products.

The practices of forestry and farming are often seen as mutually exclusive, because in the modern world, agriculture involves open fields, straight rows, and machinery to grow crops, while forests are reserved primarily for timber and firewood harvesting.

In Farming the Woods, authors Ken Mudge and Steve Gabriel demonstrate that it doesn’t have to be an either-or scenario, but a complementary one; forest farms can be most productive in places where the plow is not: on steep slopes and in shallow soils. Forest farming is an invaluable practice to integrate into any farm or homestead, especially as the need for unique value-added products and supplemental income becomes increasingly important for farmers.

Many of the daily indulgences we take for granted, such as coffee, chocolate, and many tropical fruits, all originate in forest ecosystems. But few know that such abundance is also available in the cool temperate forests of North America.

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