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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) 2018 Coffee Crops and Donuts (Check out our informative TailGate Sessions!  Coffee and Donuts included!)

PLEASE NOTE:  There is a change for the next Coffee, Crops and Donuts session.  It will take place on October 10th, 9 - 11am at Grazing Meadows Wagyu, 43085 Newry Road, Brussels - look for the signs!).  This session will focus on rotational grazing and cover crops as forage.   

2) Demo Plot Projects (Check out our cover crop demonstrations across the watershed!)

3) Soil Health Education (Getting students involved)

4) The Dirt on Phosphorus (September 15)


Part of the Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative

Our goal is..

  1. to provide assistance to the agricultural community in our watershed, by coordinating and contributing to a strong knowledge-sharing network.
  2. 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.demonstration of soil erosion

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.

example of soil erosion     holding a large clump of dirt

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

four guys posing with samples









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

- Mapleseed

- SpeareSeeds

- North Wellington Coop

- Parish and Heimbecker

- Sprucedale Agromart

- Wellington County - Rural Water Quality Programs (Grants for Best Management Practices)






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