Global Forum on Soil Stewardship

When: Thursday July 25th 8:30am – 4pm & Friday July 26th 8:30am -4pm
Where: Ian N. Morrison Research Farm, Carman, Manitoba

On July 25- 26th the Foodgrains Bank is inviting farmers and other interested people to gather in Carman, MB for a learning and exchange event, centred on the importance of soil stewardship.

This is an opportunity to interact with several agronomists directly involved in the Foodgrains Bank’s conservation agriculture (CA) program in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and other African countries. The agronomists will be present at the Foodgrains Bank CA demonstration plot at Ag in Motion in Saskatoon, as well as attending other sessions on CA  in a seminar prior to the public forum led by Dr Martin Entz of the University of Manitoba. Come meet them along with other farmers and speakers!

Tesfaye and Mogise Bukulo use conservation agriculture techniques to grow more and better food for themselves (Ethiopia).

A properly mulched conservation agriculture farm land plot

What can you expect?

  • contribute to, and learn from, discussions about the Foodgrains Bank’s CA program,
  • share your own on-farm experience with them and with others gathered,
  • learn from a variety of farmers and researchers working to better understand soil health.

All are invited to attend either or both days. See details below to help you determine your participation:

Featured speakers (click here)

Thursday, July 25th

Friday, July 26th

Who? Anyone interested in deeper learning on soil health and conservation, especially for farmers and agronomists!

Who? Anyone interested in stewardship of soil, land, faith, and food security.

8:30am Registration & Coffee
9:00am Welcome & introductions

State of the World’s Soils –  Dr Francis Zvomuya, Dept of Soil Science, U of M

Panel on soils in danger and revival (see speakers bios):
Jocelyn Velestuk, Farmer & President Sask. Soil Conservation Assoc., Broadview, SK
Mesfin Mathewos, Terepezza Conservation Ag Project Manager, Ethiopia
Adam Gurr, Farmer & President of Agritruth, Rapid City, MB
John Mbae, Farmer, Conservation Ag Project Coordinator, MCC Kenya
Moderated by Barbara Macdonald, Foodgrains Bank Program Director

8:30 Registration & Coffee
9:00am Welcome & introductions
Opening Reflection – Rev Cathy Campbell (Foodgrains Bank board)

Panel on Stories of soil/land stewardship (see speakers bios):
Grant Dyck, Artel Farms, MCC Grow Hope MB, Niverville, MB
Lydia Carpenter, Farmer, Luna Field Farm, Belmont, MB
Sisay Gemechu, Agronomist, CA technical specialist, MCC Ethiopia
Wangui Gitau, CA Project Manager World Renew, Kenya
Moderated by Mike Salomons, Foodgrains Bank Ag & Livelihoods Technical Advisor

12 Noon LUNCH provided

12 Noon LUNCH provided

1:00pm Soil health field research tour – led by Dr Martin Entz (U of M)
3:00pm World Cafe conversations (exchange of learning on soil health)

1:00pm Site visit on research centre: What will the future of food security & soil conservation look like?  (Led by Dr Martin Entz)

4:00 – 4:30pm Closing Circle

3:00pm World Cafe conversations
3:45: – 4:00pm Wrap up–what next?

5:30 Complimentary BBQ supper & Celebration (Live music!)

All are invited!

Thursday: Anyone interested or involved in agriculture and soil management is invited to participate in Thursday event. The Foodgrains Bank especially invites supporting farmers and agronomists in Canada to participate and share their wisdom & experience. The content will be tailored to people familiar with agriculture.

Friday: Open to anyone and everyone interested in the topic of faith and stewardship as it relates to food and agriculture.

There is no cost to register or attend, but but please register to let us know if you plan to attend so we can accommodate you better. For people traveling long distances–don’t let finances keep you from coming, we have budgeted some money to help people come from far away.

Local accommodations

  • Oxbow Inn in Carman, MB (reservations can be made under Canadian Foodgrains Bank)
  • Bell Aura B&B
  • Winnipeg hotels – Winnipeg is an hour and 15 min from Carman
  • Other nearby centres with hotels – Winkler, Morden, Elm Creek

There are some camping & RV options locally available: