Growing Ecosystems Services, Cost or Benefit?

The farm is part of the ecosystem at large. In addition to growing food, is there a case to ‘grow’ ecosystem services that could not only improve yield, mitigate the effects of weather extremes, improve the sustainability and value of the farm, and enhance the general environment for you and your customers. The volatility of the physical environment and decrease in biodiversity are changing quickly, often faster than the nature can adapt. Is it time to re-think the contribution of the environment to the farm? How we're going to approach this restoration and measure it?

Christopher Wooding grows organic landrace cereals in eastern Ontario. Ironwood Organics now consists of 170 acres, and includes wheats (winter and spring), oats, rye and barley. He is the miller at the Old Stone Mill, a 200 year old grist mill in Delta Ontario, as well as having on-farm milling capacity. Recent areas of focus include heritage soybeans, dried beans, heritage potatoes and dent corns. They are working towards climate ready agriculture. A primary focus is to understand and educate about the interconnectedness of the environment, food, health and diversity and sustainability and resiliency.

January 10, 2022, 4:00:00 p.m.

CEU Credits Available:

One Crop Management CEU is available for this presentation.