News & Events

What's happening with Bill 66

Agricultural groups across the province are very concerned with Bill 66, Schedule 10. Why? Because it would allow municipalities to pass "open for business" bylaws that could lead to development of prime farmland in order to "reduce red tape" and create jobs - without any public consultation, without regard to any planning laws or water protection and with no right of appeal. Developers and speculators will benefit - but will the public? Farm organizations believe that jobs are created by building on properly zoned lands, and by supporting agriculture on prime farmland, which creates jobs along the entire food chain.
If you believe that farmland protection is not "red tape", consider signing the petition created by Environmental Defense here: https://act.environmentaldefence.ca/page/36530/action/1
and/or make a comment on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry by Sunday January 20 here: https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-4125

**UPDATE**

YOU did it!! Agricultural organizations across the province spoke out urgently against a Schedule buried in Bill 66. At Farms at Work, we reached out to farmers throughout the region to encourage them to speak up against proposed law that would have made farmland protection optional for municipalities in Ontario. Don't be misled by the emphasis on the greenbelt - this bill went far beyond that.
You responded, along with thousands of others, and yesterday the Government backed down: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/…/article-ontario-reverses…/
Let's keep working together to protect farming and food for Ontario!

Scaling Up Sales Workshop Success!

We had such an amazing day at our Scaling Up Sales event! We all learned a great deal of information from Peggy Ballie for Local Food and Farms Co-op! Our panel of experts were absolutely fantastic! Thank you to Chef Tyler from Rare Grill House, Chef Bryan from One Fine Food and Heather the Food Procurement Coordinator for the Student Nutrition Program. A major thank you to all of the people who came out to learn how to scale up to wholesale!

All-farmer Roundtable event a great success!

About 70 people turned out for an afternoon of information sharing, priority setting, entertainment and food on Saturday December 1. In addition to farmers of all ages and commodities, 7 rural municipal councillors were in attendance.

Participants felt a renewed sense of common purpose, and agreed on a need for more regular communication. Farmers also brainstormed practical ways the ag community could improve public knowledge about farming - both in schools and among the general public. Priorities for future farmer events and support for new farmers also garnered many suggestions.

Stay tuned for further opportunities to provide input and take an active role in the future of farming in Peterborough County!

Farms at Work was pleased to be one of the sponsors for this event.

Scaling Up Sales for the Wholesale Market

Are you thinking of increasing your volume of sales by selling more to stores, restaurants and/or institutions? If so, this is the workshop you need! Scaling Up Sales for the Wholesale Market can have serious pitfalls if you are not prepared. Take this opportunity to meet with a panel of speakers and engage with wholesale buyers! EARLY BIRD TICKET DEADLINE NOV 15TH!!


To register and for complete details please click here

Peterborough County Farmer Social

 

Join us Saturday December 1st for this exciting agricultural event.

Let’s get together and celebrate agriculture with other farmers from across the County. Whether you are young or old, all about beef, a dairy farmer, a beekeeper, maple syrup or vegetable enthusiast, into chickens or sheep – you are invited! EARLY BIRD PRICING ENDS NOV 21ST!!

We will  

  • eat good food (light supper included)

  • welcome special guest speaker Dan Needles** on "Land, Neighbors and the Power of Farmer Thinking: stories and laughter about the place we call home"

  • discuss what we have in common and how we can work together

To register and for complete details click here