Our food future goes below the surface in a webinar on regenerative agriculture

WELLINGTON COUNTY – The federally funded Guelph-Wellington Our Food Future program is hosting a free webinar focused on regenerative agriculture.

County Smart Cities Project Manager Justine Dainard, who oversees local programming for Our Food Future, said the webinar will mark the first meeting around soil health in Wellington, kicking off the Experimental Acres Farm program. Program leader.

Dainard said the pilot project will help local farmers get started with small-scale regenerative farming practices and provide information and know-how to scale the practices.

From 1 to 3 p.m. on March 4, the webinar will bring together agricultural professionals and those less experienced, exchanging knowledge on soil health to support new pilot participants, farmers and the general public interested in agricultural practices. regenerative.

The first panel, consisting of Gary Zimmer of Midwestern BioAg, Jonathan Zettler of Fieldwalker Agronomy and Janet Harrop of Harrcroft Acres, will discuss growing herds from the ground up.

Harrop, who is also president of the Wellington Federation of Agriculture, said the Harrcroft Acres land forms the foundation of the business.

About 14,000 glasses of milk a day are produced from 120 Holsteins on the farm, and the 350 acres of alfalfa, corn, soybeans and wheat grown on the land to feed the herd depend on healthy soils.

Keeping those soils healthy is a big priority on the farm, where what’s grown on the land ends up coming back to it as a byproduct of fertilizer from the cows – a full circle, according to Harrop, makes the soil grow the healthiest.

A second panel, moderated by Mel Luymes of Headlands Ag-Enviro-Solutions, will feature Experimental Acres participants from Wellington and Dufferin counties.

Concluding the webinar, Canadian Senator Rob Black will speak about his advocacy in the Senate for better soil health.

“I am thrilled to see the Our Food Future team expanding its work to include such webinars that touch on soil health,” Black said in an emailed statement, adding that Canadian soil health requires a collaborative approach across the country.

“It is clear that soil health will play a vital role in Canada’s future.

To register, visit: https://onlineforms.wellington.ca/Economic-Development/Wellington-Soil-Webinar-2022.

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