This workshop will bring together leaders in agroecology research and practice from Cuba, Mexico, Honduras and Costa Rica, as well as Ontario. It will be an opportunity to share stories of innovation, learn some practical skills, and build relationships across boundaries and cultures. The workshop will celebrate diversity, and its goal is to help build the capacity of everyone involved to engage in agroecology as a means of increasing the resilience of our agroecosystems and communities. It is being organized by the Wilfrid Laurier University Centre for Sustainable Food Systems through its FLEdGE (Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged) project.
DAY 1: Monday, August 15 – Sharing Stories of Agroecological Innovation
Time: 8am – 5pm
Location: Room 142, Balsillie School of International Affairs, 67 Erb St. W., Waterloo, ON
Presenters on Day 1 will include:
- Angel Leyva Galán, Biodiversity and agroecostystem evaluation specialist, National Institute of Agricultural Sciences (Department of Sustainable Agroecosystem Management), Cuba
- Marvin Gómez, Participatory Plant Breeding specialist, USC Canada Seeds of Survival, based in Honduras
- Laura Gómez Tovar, Participatory organic certification and rural development specialist, University of Chapingo (Agroecology Department), Mexico
- Gabriela Soto, Organic agriculture and sustainability specialist, Sustainable Assessment Committee, based in Costa Rica
- Sarah Hargreaves, Farmer-Led Research Program specialist, Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario
- Thorsten Arnold, Ecological farming-research-networking specialist, Grey-Bruce Centre for Agroecology
There will also be time for group conversation, networking and an expert panel discussion.
DAY 2: Tuesday, August 16 – Learning in the Field
Time: 8am – 5pm
Location: Everdale Organic Farm and Environmental Learning Centre, 5812 6 Line, Hillsburgh, ON
In addition to a farm tour and overview of the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, activities will include field-based learning on the following topics:
- Participatory Agroecosystem/Biodiversity Evaluation
- Participatory Organic Certification and low-input strategies for producing beneficial micro-organisms
- Participatory Plant Breeding and seed security
DAY 3: Wednesday, August 17: Farm Tours
Time: 8am – 7pm
Locations: Fertile Ground CSA, 1560 Carmel-Koch Rd., St. Agatha, ON (MORNING) andZócalo Organics, 5881 3 Line, Hillsburgh, ON (AFTERNOON)
Day 3 will include:
- Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO) Farmer-led Research Field Tour and Recognition Event hosted by Angie Koch of Fertile Ground CSA
- A farm tour of Zócalo Organics
- A planning session for future collaboration
- A group dinner
*Participants may register for any one, two or all 3 days of the workshop.
*Lunch will be provided on all 3 days. Please contact the workshop organizers if you have any dietary restrictions.
*Group transportation will be provided for the farm visits on Days 2 and 3. Please contact workshop organizers if you DO NOT need a ride.
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