Agricultural Outreach Program
The Agricultural Outreach Program delivers farmer to farmer workshops talking about and sharing experiences about cover crop demonstrations and more.
What Do We Do?
1) 2017 Coffee Crops and Donuts (Check out our informative TailGate Sessions! Coffee and Donuts included!)
2) Demo Plot Projects (Check out our cover crop demonstrations across the watershed!)
3) Soil Health Education (Getting students involved)
Part of the Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative
Our goal is..
- to provide assistance to the agricultural community in our watershed, by coordinating and contributing to a strong knowledge-sharing network.
- to provide local farmers with the best information available to assist in the development of management practices that will conserve soil, enhance pollinator health and improve nutrient retention.
Soil Health is the Name of the Game!
When soil structure is lost, run-off and erosion increase. Erosion relocates soil nutrients away from cropland, impacting both farmers and the water quality of our watershed.
When soil structure is at its prime
- Water is absorbed more readily
- Quality of the water infiltrating through the soil it is improved
- Soil is more resilient to erosion
- Soil nutrients remain available for crops
Soil Your Undies!
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs recently had an article about how people are burying their cotton underwear in the soil to determine amount of biological activity in the soil. The idea is that the more microbes in the soil, the more they will munch on the cotton undies.
When they checked the underwear after 2 months, they found that the fields that had cover crops were more biologically active and hardly anything remained of the underwear. The conventionally grown soil did not have so many microbes so the underwear was pretty much in one piece when it was pulled out.
Check out this video. You can also check out the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website for more information.
Links to other Grants and Partners
- Wellington County - Rural Water Quality Program - website
- Huron County Clean Water Project
- Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association
- Bruce County Plowman's Association
- Grey Bruce Sustainability Network
- Quality Seeds
- North Wellington Coop
- Parish and Heimbecker
- Sprucedale Agromart
- Wellington County - Rural Water Quality Programs (Grants for Best Management Practices)