The 2021 Ontario Young Farmers Forum (OYFF) included virtual and in-person sessions that followed current public health restrictions. The OYFF committee began planning in August and committee members included Karen De Bruyn, Jamie Schultz, Arin Douglas, Tina Wark, Nic Willemsma, and Christine Wyville. Special thanks to Meredith Mulligan for managing the social media posts. The OYFF virtual sessions consisted of a four-part speaker series that took place during the month of November. The first three sessions included presentations by industry representatives followed by virtual socials. The final session featured a discussion with a panel of young farmers from across Ontario and even one from Newfoundland, followed by a virtual social. The OYFF in-person sessions were comprised of an event held in Eastern Ontario and an event held in Western Ontario. These events allowed attendees to participate in two farm tours and come together for a catered lunch.
Ontario Young Farmers Forum moves to a virtual program for 2020
[Guleph, Ontario] – The Junior Farmer’s Association of Ontario (JFAO) is excited to announce the session topics for the 2020 Ontario Young Farmers Forum (OYFF). The annual event will be held as a virtual event in 2020 and will consist of four sessions held during the month of November.
“Our committee has put together a well-rounded schedule that will offer something for everyone,” said Elizabeth Bruce, president of JFAO. “The individual sessions have been structured to provide attendees the opportunity to learn about an important industry topic, hear from an innovative Canadian farmer, and network with other attendees.”
The virtual program for the Ontario Young Farmers Forum will consist of a four-part speaker series during the month of November. A number of topics will be covered in these sessions and the final session with include a panel of young farmers from across Canada. Program dates are listed below:
- Session 1 – Walk the Talk: Exploring Mental Health In Agriculture – Monday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm
- Session 2 – 4R’s: More Sustainable Than You Think! – Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00 pm
- Session 3 – Planning for Farm Succession – Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 pm
- Session 4 – The Canadian Young Farmer Panel – Thursday, November 26th at 7:00 pm
Each session of the OYFF program will also put a spotlight on a different Canadian farm. Here are the Canadian farmers who will be profiled throughout the program.
- Session 1 – Sarah Judd, Meadow Lynn Market Garden & CSA
- Session 2 – Greg Stamp, Stamp Seeds
- Session 3 – Lori Smith and Martin Littkemann, Ontario Water Buffalo Company
- Session 4 – The Canadian Young Farmer Panel: The Young Farmer Survival Guide
2020 will mark the 22nd year of OYFF and JFAO is excited to present an engaging and accessible program for all attendees. The virtual program will provide the opportunity for young people working in agriculture to learn, connect, and network with other members of the agriculture industry from across Ontario. Learn more and register for the program here.