Upcoming events

    • 1 Feb 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Virtual Zoom

    This month, there is a special Tour by the Ontario Woodlot Association in Partnership with the Canadian Chestnut Council. Produced by OWA members Neil Dunning (Brant Chapter) and Ron Casier (Elgin-Middlesex Chapter)

    This film takes us on a journey of many years of  American Chestnut restoration and learning in their family woodlots.

    All registrants will receive the recording of the session.

    If you would like to film a Walk and Talk on your woodlot, please contact erica.dixon@ontariowoodlot.com and we can make that happen!

    • 2 Feb 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom

    A virtual talk but Kris Heideman Lavern Heideman & Sons Limited

    ZOOM, 1 hour presentation Wednesday at noon.

    Hosted by the Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference

    • 9 Feb 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom

    A Virtual Talk by Al Stinson Forest Science Specialist (Retired)

    ZOOM, 1 hour presentation every Wednesday at noon.

    Hosted by the Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference

    • 16 Feb 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom

     A Virtual Talk by Kerry McLaven of the Forest Gene Conservation Association

    ZOOM, 1 hour presentation every Wednesday at noon.

    This session is part of the OWA Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference

    • 23 Feb 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom

     A Talk by Brian Stevens University of Guelph

    Summary: This presentation will cover the major diseases that are a threat to our local wildlife. Particular attention will be given to diseases of white-tailed deer (including epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) and SARS-CoV-2 infection (the infectious agent that causes Covid-19 in people)) and birds (including diseases associated with bird feeders), but other groups of wildlife will be discussed as well.

    ZOOM, 1 hour presentation every Wednesday at noon.

    These Sessions are part of the OWA Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference

    • 2 Mar 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Virtual Zoom

    This is an informational session hosted by Ron Smith, PhD, RPF. Ron will discuss the specialty products of your choice for approximately 1 hr and then will have up to an hour available for questions.

    Please fill out this survey so the presentation can be tailored to speciality products you are interested in https://us9.list-manage.com/survey?u=efdcff2d2773f1f59e27bfc88&id=e2251b6d09&attribution=false

    Ron is an adjunct professor at UNB focusing on applied research in bioenergy and Non-Timber Forest Products.

    Ron is also the pioneer and instructor for the Good Agriculture Collection Practices (GACP) course on Risk Management recognized by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The OWA is hosting this certification program online starting March 17th 2022 (12 spaces available).

    • 17 Mar 2022
    • 30 Mar 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Virtual Zoom
    • 14

    Developed by Canadian Herb, Spice and Natural Health Products Coalition. Hosted by Ron Smith, PhD, RPF.

    The Ontario Woodlot Association will be hosting a Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP) certification course over three sessions on Thursday March 17,  Thursday March 23 and Thursday March 30thGrowers of all specialty crops are welcome.

    This course is essential for you to ensure that you are operating your farm business safely and with proper documentation. For a full description please see the write up below. 

    We have negotiated a special group rate of only $289 per person total including HST. This course is normally thousands of dollars. One person from your business can participateYou must be present each of the three-hour sessions (with video turned on) in order to receive certification. 

    There is a maximum of 15 people allowed in the course. The reason for the limit is that the instructor must feel comfortable that each person is fully engaged and participating in the learning in order to award the certificate.

     You will be prompted for payment upon registration. If you have difficulties, please do not hesitate to email Joanne at info@ontariowoodlot.com 

    Why would you want GACP Certification?

    • A customer is complaining about the quality, purity, or safety of your product.  Bad press threatens you and your reputation. A legal threat could cost you the farm!
    • You are interested in setting up a small business on your woodlot or farm and want to know how to ensure you assess all of your risks before starting
    • Buyers are demanding some form of quality assurance. You don’t know what you need to be aware of and what records to keep.  Can you show you have done your due diligence to market quality products – and prove it?

    GACP Certification is a voluntary risk management program that helps you to identify risks in your operation and develop an ongoing plan on how to either avoid, or address and fix them. 

    Risk management plans ensure that:

    • you are doing your best to mitigate risk instead of panicking after it happens
    • you have defined procedures in place to reduce risks in day-to-day operations
    • you have records (proof) of your due diligence
    • your plan is tailored specifically to your business 

    GACP training is a skills training session… not simply an information session.

    GACP principles are recognized globally. Over 2,000 people have passed the training in Canada!

    • It is a pass or fail course.  You must be on video with the teacher and engaged at all times and finish the assignments.
    • After passing the course, you will receive a training certificate and a folder of relevant information and tools for you to use.
    • The training certificate once received is good forever – but if you wish to state you are certified annually, you must do a paper or on-site audit to verify your actions.
    • Many smaller companies take the training, apply what they learn and go no further – your choice.

    Having a GACP Risk Management Plan ensures a strong value chain of traceability, safety, quality and ethical assurances tightly linked with existing Good Manufacturing Practices in both the culinary and medicinal worlds. This boosts customer confidence and protects you legally. Both wholesale buyers and insurance companies look favourably at operations with this kind of certified risk management program in place. It is a valuable certificate to have.

    Anyone producing, manufacturing, or selling food or cosmetic related products needs to take this course!

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Ontario Woodlot Association

10 Campus Dr., Unit 4

Kemptville, Ontario

K0G 1J0

Phone: 613-713-1525
Email: info@ontariowoodlot.com

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