Farm Facts & Furrows

by OMAFRA Ag Rep Brian Bell

Be a Soil Champion

The Soil Champion is an annual award that recognizes strong advocates of sustainable soil management. Individuals from one of two general groups can be nominated:1) Those engaged in practical agriculture in developing, using and promoting management that contributes to the sustainable productivity of the soil; or, 2) Research or extension professionals whose work demonstrates a commitment to advancing soil health and productive sustainability. One Soil Champion winner will be declared for 2019 by the selection committee and announced at the OSCIA Annual Conference in February. An individual may nominate him/herself or be nominated by a third party. If you are nominating someone else, please ensure he/she is informed of your intentions and is a willing participant. Nominate your friend, mentor, or yourself by November 1, 2018. Navigate to

Winter Market

I am sharing a request from a group of local producers wanting to pilot a winter market in Sudbury this fall. Here is her note: “I am working with a bunch of other business owners on starting a pilot winter market at the Southridge Mall this fall/winter. We are seeking more vendors.” Contact Robin Vienneau, 4601 Lafontaine St, Hanmer, ON, P3P 1K6 Please make subject line “Winter Market Application” and ask about the application process.