Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network / Réseau agroalimentaire de l'Est ontarien

Training Events in the Local Agri-Food Sector

Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network serves its members and stakeholders by providing, sharing, and promoting training events and skills development opportunities.

Upcoming Webinar! By the Numbers: Profiling Your Agri-Food Sector Using Impactful Stats. Thursday September 8, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Join a webinar on the resources available to you through OMAFRA and OFA to help you understand and communicate the value of the agricultural sector. Learn about OMAFRA's statistics including new Census of Agriculture information and discover new agriculture and food data sets. Learn about a number of resources through the Ontario Federation of Agriculture that will help you tell the story of agriculture in your community.

L'Union des cultivateurs franco-ontariens (UCFO), in partnership with the Fédération des gens d'affaires de l'Ontario (FGA) and their mentoring service "Mentorat RésOntario", is proud to announce the launch of its mentoring program, AgriMentor, intended for Franco-Ontarian agricultural entrepreneurs. AgriMentor, offers the opportunity to mentored entrepreneurs to count on an increased probability of success for their business projects by progressing in a personalized support relationship with an experienced mentor.

ProspéCité is an intensive 3-day entrepreneurial camp for French-speaking entrepreneurs in the province of Ontario who have just started their business. It is organized by La Cité College's entrepreneurial unit, in collaboration with Learn and Entrepreneurs, and will be held online from June 15 to 17, 2022. Registration is free! Participants will have the chance to be accompanied by experts and work on many aspects of their businesses. Find more information and the appliucation here.

Preparing a grant proposal. Since people are so busy at this time of year, this webinar is postponed to the late fall. Are you intimidated by grant applications? This workshop offers a new way to think about grant applications and some advice about the process of planning and writing a grant application. There are concepts to consider and things to keep in mind throughout the process: 1) the purpose, 2) who reviews the application, 3) your and their expectations. Benefit from Janie Renée's extensive experience in grant writing.

PARO Pitch like a Pro. En français seulement - aller voir la page en français pour les détails. PARO is one of the Leaders of Women's Business Centers in Canada. PARO offers business development and employment workshops, as well as various training programs. PARO defines itself as a place where women can talk openly about their ideas and rely on each other for support and inspiration.

Free High-Demand Training: Ontario Tourism Region #9 is supporting tourism and hospitality job-seekers, workers and employers by providing access to training and learning opportunities that focus on high-demand workplace skills. For a limited time, a selection of carefully curated on-demand courses are available for FREE! Courses are suitable for people interested in joining the tourism industry, current employees who would like to improve their knowledge and upskill, and those planning a return to work.

University of Guelph - Foundations in Agricultural Management. In this course, you'll explore agricultural business strategy and planning, farm management, succession planning and financial fundamentals. Invest a few hours in this free, online course and you'll gain the knowledge and confidence to make a lifetime of better informed decisions for yourself and your business. Invest in your business. Invest in yourself.

Making Local Sourcing Work for You. The Culinary Tourism Alliance (CTA), in partnership with OTEC, has created a brand-new, free blended suite of online and instructor-led training program for hospitality and tourism businesses to better leverage the power of food tourism in Ontario. in our region and beyond. Learn how local sourcing, storytelling and partnership can help grow your business and attract more people to Ontario. It is free until March 31, 2022.

The Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference is created for every woman who is passionate about agriculture and food, whether you are a university student studying agriculture, producer, entrepreneur, representative of a grower association or corporate agribusiness. There are new dates for the next conference - June 21 & 22, 2022.

The International Workshop on Agritourism presents Agritourism Gatherings: A virtual series for farm, food, and travel communities. The series brings together farmers, researchers, service providers, tourism experts and many others to share their knowledge and experience from around the world. The gatherings are free to attend, but advance registration is required.

Collège La Cité, with the support of Fed Dev Ontario and Invest Ottawa, offers regular free webinars on entrepreneurship and new trends in the business world. The goal is to offer solutions to entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs in the region, during the COVID-19 period and soon, post-COVID.

The Ontario Craft Brewers Conference has announced their programming. Join us at the conference on October 25-26 in Niagara Falls. OCBC is Canada’s largest craft brewing industry annual conference and trade show. With the growth of the craft brewing sector in the past two decades, there are now hundreds of operating breweries, contract brewers and brewpubs in communities across the province.

The International Workshop on Agritourism will take place in person on August 30 - September 1, 2022 in Burlington, Vermont, USA. Farmers, researchers, agricultural service providers, tourism experts, and others interested in agritourism are invited to share their knowledge and experience. Some conference sessions will also be streamed live and/or recorded, so those who can’t attend in person can participate virtually.

Through webinars, agri-training opportunities and virtual career fairs, Feeding Your Future allows candidates to learn more about agriculture, enter the workforce feeling prepared and confident and bridges the gap to new employers and job opportunities.

Past Training Events

EcoFarmDay on Saturday February 26th 2022 was the annual local farm conference with online webinars on marketing, field crop production, and livestock production. Presented by the partnership of the EOAN, Canadian Organic Growers, and Just Food Ottawa. Go here to view all the recordings of the workshops

Connecting Local Farmers with Local Food Relief Providers

As part of Eco Farm Day, the EOAN hosted a session to connect farmers and food producers to the food security and relief providers such as food banks, municipal residences, Meals on Wheels, home delivery programs, etc. This sector has traditionally relied on wholesale supply chains where food comes from grocers and industrial sources far away. They are now expressing interest in local sourcing including donation programs of excess crops, food recovery programs, "plant an extra row" programs, planned purchases, and spot purchases.

The recorded session is now available. This is your chance to understand and connect with food relief providers. We will hear from the Vankleek Hill Food Bank, the Agapè Center in Cornwall, and Community Food Share serving Stormont and Dundas Counties.

AgriCité: In collaboration with the Union des cultivateurs franco-ontariens and the EOAN, the Agricultural Technology Programs team at Collège La Cité produced the fourth edition of AgriCité. Under the theme of building our agri-food trajectories, the event aims to discover business opportunities in agriculture and agri-food in the post-pandemic period. The event took place in French, on April 7th at the Excentricité Pavilion at Collège La Cité. Follow this link for view the recorded presentation (skip foreward to about 8 min and 30 sec for the start of the conference).

The International Workshop on Agritourism presented a session on local food marketing and agri-tourism with examples from Eastern Ontario, Southern Québec and the Aube region of France. Learn more about regional collaboration, programs to connect consumers to local food, and programs to promote agri-tourism.

Online Learning Series: Purpose & Profit! The Fair Finance Fund has developed series for the local food and farm sector. In this year's series, learn how to manage your finances, align your money with your values, connect with your best customers, understand the importance of tracking your impact, and how to create a valued workplace. The sessions are scheduled every Wednesday from January 12 to February 9, 2022.

In the Know is a mental health literacy program developed at the Ontario Veterinary College (University of Guelph) created specifically to educate the agricultural community. The four-hour mental health literacy workshop is designed to fit with farmers/producers limited availability owing to rigid daily schedules, distilling critical information and incorporating agricultural community culture. In the Know is meant for farmers, producers and persons with whom they have regular contact. This may include, but is not limited to, family members, peers and allies in the agricultural industry such as veterinarians, breeders, seed or feed salespeople, financial institutions, accountants or community members who have direct contact with farm owners/operators.
English: January 19th, 2022 10:00am-2:00pm (EST)
French: January 27th, 2022 10:00am-2:00pm (EST)
Cost: Free – Donations accepted online

The Guelph Organic Conference, in partnership with Organic Council of Ontario (OCO), is excited to announce 6 virtual workshops from January 24-29, 2022. Organic Climate Solutions is the theme of this year's conference, dive deep into diverse sessions to explore the dynamic ways in which organic farming benefits both farmers and the environment and find expert insight into how to start, transition or improve your organic farming system.

Agritourism as a Tool for Rural Development and Women's Empowerment, by the International Agritourism Gatherings. Agritourism has the potential to empower women around the world, especially in rural communities. We talked to community leaders who are initiating this work in Uganda, North Macedonia, Peru and the United States. View a recording of this webinar.

The annual conference of the Union des cultivateurs franco-ontariens, packed with education, vision, and networking, March 22nd to 26th.

The Living Soils Symposium is a solutions-focused, action-oriented event that brings together a diversity of people from across sectors with one same goal: Regenerate Soil. Cool the Climate.