For Sale, events, research, funding, courses, blogs to watch….

1.FOR SALE

i. Sale of Rushmere Farms: Rushmere Farms is regretfully sizing down its operations on the Argentia Access Rd. due to family matters.  The farm property is 280 acres with access to several hundred more acres of adjoining land.  There are 60–70 acres in grass/forage.  Of this area, 27 acres are fully fenced with electric fence protection.  A further 15 acres are partially fenced to control grazing.  There are two 30’ X 60’ barns with hay storage and a well serviced workshop.  There are three sheltered greenhouses and a fully serviced, winterized 30’ X 16’ cabin.  The farm is located on the Argentia Access Road giving easy access to Whitbourne with mechanics, construction supplies, etc.  The farm goes with a full suite of equipment including 4 tractors, tillage equipment, manure and fertilizer spreaders, haying equipment, rock clearing equipment and diesel storage.

The owners are selling most of the sheep flock but retaining a core flock of its Texels which have significant levels of exceptional quality genes from an AI program

 Sheep prices: Commercial and Texel ewes are being bred to top Texel rams.  Sally’s Cove ewes are being bred to Sally”s Cove rams.

Breed               Rams            Ewes    Bred ewes   Ram lambs    Ewe lambs

Commercial                         $150           $200                                      $150

Sally’s Cove     $200            $150          $200                                            

Texel                 $400            $300          $350              $300               $300

Cheviot             $300

Exploits Is         $100            $100          $125              $100                     

Contact Richard or Jill Whitaker at 709 895 3393, 709 689 2016 or <jill.whitaker@nf.sympatico.ca>

ii. interested in Free-range eggs.? Contact Madonna: mad648 at hotmail.com>

iii. Interested in Lamb sausages & patties? contact Richard or Jill Whitaker at 709.895.3393

iv. Land – formerly Maloney Farm – in Bay Bulls

http://www.icx.ca/PropertyDetails.aspx?&PropertyId=10071804&PidKey=-2021327480

2. EVENTS:

i. FSN AGM & Round Table Discussion [ Thursday, Nov.18th, Gower St. United Church, St. John’s, 2-5:30pm. For more info, visit: www.foodsecuritynews.com

ii. Slow Food St. John’s -Celebrate Christmas baking with Slow Food St. John’s. This event will focus on the Christmas cookies and baking and feature a cookie/treat swap. [Sunday, Nov.28. Yellowbelly Brewery, St. John’s, 2-4pm.] For more info, visit: http://slowfood.com/ 

iii. Session to explore the future of Land Use Planning in the Province [November 23, St. John’s, 9am – 3pm, Comfort Inn)  The Rural Secretariat is holding a session to explore the future of Land Use Planning in the Province. For more info, contact: jamileefitzpatrick@gov.nl.ca.

3. RESEARCH

i. Cabbage Maggot Fence research. From the Hort Council:

“We (Peggy Dixon and team) have received a small section of Exclusion Fence for cabbage maggot management from Dr. Bob Vernon (AAFC, Agassiz) for demonstration purposes. In short, Bob has been working on developing exclusion fences as a means to prevent cabbage maggot flies from entering brassica fields. It is nearing the point at which it may become a commercially available product.

The package sent contained a demo video, instruction book and all material needed to easily set up the fence. We have put the section of fence up here at the station in St. John’s and wanted to let people know that it is there and if any one wants a ‘tour’ of the product to get in touch and we would be happy to do so. It will be up for another few weeks, weather dependant of course. It may be possible to set up a Demo in the west as well.There are hopes that this product will be part of a research project next year looking at various cabbage maggot management options.” For more info, contact: Carolyn.Parsons@agr.gc.ca 

4. FUNDING

Funding: Harris Centre MMSB Waste Management Applied Research Fund (Deadline: Nov 19)
Looking for funding related to waste management issues in Newfoundland and Labrador? Could your work help provide solutions to community and regional challenges in solid waste management across this province? The Harris Centre invites you to apply for funding through the Harris Centre MMSB Waste Management Applied Research Fund. Open to all faculty, students and staff at Memorial, the Waste Management Fund provides up to $15,000 per project/year to investigate solid waste management issues in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Deadline for submissions is Nov. 19, 2010 and successful applicants will be notified of their awards by Dec. 8, 2010.  For more info visit http://www.mun.ca/harriscentre/research/funding/waste_arf/.

5. COURSES

i. Permaculture Course, Ecology Action Centre (2705 Fern Lane, Halifax, NS) December 11th and 12th, 9-5 both days (lunch provided) Course fee: $160.00. For more info: http://www.bigskypermaculture.ca/introduction-permaculture-halifax

6. BLOGs WORTH WATCHING

i. Wayne Roberts (guest presenter at ACORN-NL’s inaugural Sustainable Farming Conf.): http://wayneroberts.ca/

ii. Adventures in Local Food http://adventuresinlocalfood.wordpress.com/

ii. Tony Brunetti, PhD. (who helped set up community gardens in St. Mary’s & develop curriculum guides) is working for CUSO in Indonesia. Follow him here: http://anthonyjbrunetti.wordpress.com/

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