Thinkfarm

Mentoring Workshop in Kentville

The Kings County Federation of Agriculture, sponsored by ThinkFarm, will host a Mentoring Workshop to bring together established farmers who are interested in the next generation of farmers and what they can do to help them.

The Workshop will take place on 22nd March at the Kentville Agricultural Centre, Cornwallis Room, from 8:30 to 12 noon. Participation is open to everyone in agriculture and there is no fee.

Established farmers and beginning/transitioning farmers are invited to the Workshop to identify the needs of KCFA’s farming community in order to develop a network of mentors and mentees.

Experienced speakers will provide tips on how to be a good mentor and a good mentee while break-out groups will allow participants to feel comfortable in mentoring situations. The Workshop will begin the process of building a community of experienced farmers willing to serve as mentors in Kings County.

Pre-registration is advised at ctheriau@gov.ns.ca or more information is available by contacting colinbell@eastlink.ca

FREE Energy Crops Workshop – Windsor, NS

Are you interested in growing energy on  your farm? There are  opportunities emerging in Nova Scotia for the production  of hay,  speciality grasses (e.g., Miscanthus),  and short rotation  woody crops (e.g., hybrid poplar) for sale to energy  producers. Attend  THINKFARM’s free information session on February  19 to learn more about  whether energy crop production would be a good fit for  your farm.

The information session will take place twice at the Super 8 Motel in Windsor on February 19:

  • 1-4 pm
  • 6-9 pm

To register, please contact Cheryl at  679-6021 or ctheriau@gov.ns.ca

There  is no fee to attend but pre-registration is required for planning purposes.

 

Feeding Soil for Healthy Plants Workshop

Join Perennia specialists Amy Sangster and Av Singh, and  Environmental Farm Planner Kathryn Bremner, for Feeding Soil for Healthy Plants

A three-hour session on  calculating application rates of organic soil amendments to meet crop  demands. The workshop will be held in Antigonish (121 St. Ninian St.) on December 10 and in Sky Glen (1904 Mabour Rd.) on December 12 from 6-9 pm.

Whether you are a conventional or an organic farmer, and whether you farm on a large or small scale, if you apply compost, manure, or other non-chemical amendments to your crops then this workshop is for you!

Participants will choose from examples of commercial organic  amendments, as well as compost and manure test results, to complete  their soils fertility program.

The registration fee is $15+HST; pre-registration and pre-payment is required.

As part of the workshop, participants will receive a hard copy of  Building Soils for Better Crops, edited by Fred Magdoff and Harold van Es, a valuable resource for farms of any type, production method, or  scale.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own soil test reports,  manure test results and compost reports if they are available. For more  information on how to do a soil, manure or compost test, visit: novascotia.ca/agri/programs-and-services/lab-services/analytical-lab

The workshop will also be held in January and February in Nappan, Coldbrook, Bridgewater, and Yarmouth. Early registration is strongly encouraged, as spaces are limited.

For more information visit: www.novascotia.ca/agri/programs-and-services/business-development/thinkfarm/workshops/feeding-soil/

To register, contact Becky at (902)893-5649 or email sooksord@gov.ns.ca

Exploring the New Farm Dream – NEW DATES & LOCATIONS

Is starting an agricultural business right for me?

Are you interested in starting a small farm business, but unsure  where to begin? 

Then this course is for you!

For career changers  looking for a new start,  farm apprentices considering a start-up, or  those simply interested in a hobby with  profit potential, Exploring the  New Farm Dream is intended to bridge the gap between ideas and action.

By providing information on what is required to start and manage a  profitable agricultural business, this course will help aspiring farmers  decide whether farming is a path they want to pursue.  A facilitator  will guide course participants through four interactive sessions  featuring panel discussions with successful farmers, government and  industry representatives, and other guest speakers.

THINKFARM will be offering this course in 2014 in Bible Hill and Antigonish on Thursday, January 9, 16, 23, and 30. [Note that for Bible Hill this is a postponement of the course advertised for November 2013.]

The course will also be offered in Kentville on Tuesday, February 4, 11, 18 and 25.

For more information, or to download the registration form, please visit: www.novascotia.ca/agri/programs-and-services/business-development/thinkfarm/workshops/new-farm-dream/

Feeding Soil for Healthy Plants Workshop

Developed by Perennia and the Environmental Farm Plan Program in partnership with THINKFARM, this workshop will help you optimize soil health and soil fertility. This workshop will be more meaningful if you have a recent soil test report for your own farm in hand.

Don’t know how to take a soil sample? Watch these Perennia videos (www.perennia.ca/soils.php, see links at the bottom of the page) and drop the samples off at your nearest regional office or directly at the lab in Truro. The cost of analysis per sample for registered farms is $11.89 + HST. Workshop fee: $12+HST
Tentative dates and locations:

Tuesday, December 10, Antigonish, 6-9 pm

Thursday, December 12, Sky Glen, 6-9 pm

Tuesday, January 7, Amherst, 1-4 pm

Thursday, January 9, Coldbrook, 9 am – 12 pm

Thursday, January 9, Bridgewater, 6-9 pm

Saturday, February 22, Yarmouth, time TBD

Spaces at each location are limited. To reserve your space in advance of registration opening, please call Becky at 893-5649.

Exploring the New Farm Dream with ThinkFarm

Are you thinking of starting a farm?

Exploring the New Farm Dream will be held in Bible Hill in November and December.

This self-assessment course is designed to help you decide if starting an agri-business is right for you. The course is delivered through four evening sessions (6-9 pm) starting on Thursday, November 28 and the following three Thursday evenings.

Spaces for this course are limited, so you can add your name to the list now by calling Amanda at 893-6575.

Workshop fee: $100+HST

 

For more information about Thinkfarm, check out their website:

http://novascotia.ca/agri/programs-and-services/business-development/thinkfarm/

NSYF Contact

Nova Scotia Young Farmers’

60 Research Drive
Perennia Innovation Park
Bible Hill, Nova Scotia
B6L 2R2

Tel: (902) 893-2293
Fax: (902) 893-7063

Email: nsyoungfarmers@gmail.com