Panel: Soil Health

3 members of the Soil Health Network, guided by Mel Luymes will share their soil health tips/tricks and experiences. Please have your questions ready as these producers will be able to assist you.

Speaker Profiles:

Thomas Farrell, Partner and Crop Manager, RG&G Farms. Thomas and his wife along with their 3 young children live and farm just outside Kincardine Ontario. Together with his parents, brother and grandfather they run a dairy/cash crop operation where Thomas' main focus is on the cropping side of the operation. Thomas has a strong interest in soil health and introduced cover crops 10+ years ago as part of their soil health strategy that continues to grow and evolve. He has been a member of the soil network since 2017 and is a director of Bruce County Soil and Crop as well.

Larry Dyck, President, Campden Grain. My wife Mary and I farm in the Niagara Peninsula together with Ben and Kait, our son and daughter in law. We farm Niagara/Haldimand clay soils. We have been on a plant green/interseeding covers/trying to keep something growing in our soils as much as we can for 6 years. We have had lots of challenges, lots of success & some stellar failures/learning experiences.

Jenn Doelman, Owner/Agronomist/Beekeeper, Bonnechere Haven Farms. Jennifer Doelman is a third generation farmer, cover cropper and seed producer in Renfrew County and works to connect farmers through the Ontario Soil Network. She is a graduate of the University of Guelph, an independent Ontario Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), a Director on the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) Board of Directors and an alumna of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP).

Facilitator: Mel Luymes, Community Coordinator, Ontario Soil Network. Mel Luymes is a freelance sociologist, project manager and writer. Her family runs a grain farm and custom farming business near Moorefield, ON, using precision cover crops, no-till and strip-till on their own fields. Co-founder of the Ontario Soil Network, she works at the intersection of agriculture, behaviour change and the environment.

January 11, 2022, 5:20:00 p.m.

CEU Credits Available:

One Soil and Water Management CEU is available for this presentation.