Some handy pages to help with your and your employee’s health during this time. Supplied by Spirit Tree Cidery.


Silver Lining Webinar 2020

When: Monday December 14, 2020

Every cloud has a silver lining. This year started out with many dark ‘clouds’ and unknowns for our industry. However, OFFMA members are the most innovative, resourceful people I know and they have found many silver linings that have come about because of COVID.

Join Andrew Thiessen from Thiessen Orchards, Heather Fraser from Harvest Goodies and Janet Dawson from Indian River Acres as they discuss some of the ways they have adapted in 2020 and the good things that have come out of this crazy year.

How COVID-19 Changed My Business for Good and Bad.

When:  Monday August 17, 2020

Join Alex Chesney from Thames River Melons and Lorraine Fiset from Andrews Scenic Acres talk about how their business has changed as a result of this pandemic. What are the good and bad things that have affected on their farms.

Learnings from PYO Strawberry Operations

When: Monday, Jul 6, 2020 07:00 PM

Join us as we have two OFFMA members share what they have learned firsthand from their 2020 PYO experiences. Erin McLean from McLean Berries and Shannon Miller from Miller’s Bay Farm have all navigated their way through PYO strawberries this year. Come see what they have learned and how these lessons can be applied to other PYO crops.

Guest Experiences at Canada’s Wonderland in a Changing World

Jun 1, 2020 07:00 PM

Join Brian Birtley, Manager of Admissions and Guest Services at Canada’s Wonderland, as he talks about the logistics that will be implemented by Canada’s Wonderland when they are open to the public again. If you have an agri-tourism operation this is a must see webinar.

How to Inspire, Keep and Encourage Your Staff during Covid19

We have two great speakers for this week’s webinar; Dana Thatcher from Thatcher Farms in Rockwood and Bernia Wheaton from Your Farm Market in Woodstock.

Both businesses have dedicated excited staff and the rest of us want to know how they were able to find and keep these people. If you need this kind of information especially now, have a look at this webinar.

What You Need to Know if You are Hiring During COVID19

Krysta Palmer is Operations Manager/Executive Recruiter for Beyond Rewards Inc., an HR company that has worked with several OFFMA members in the past. She and her co-workers will be talking about the various things you need to consider if you are looking to hire during this crisis.

Planning Festivals and Events on Your Farm during COVID19 Round Table – Part One

When: Apr 27, 2020 07:00 PM

Our panel this week is made up of Chris Hiemstra from Clovermead, Darlene Downey from Downey’s Farm Market, Mark Saunders from Saunders Farm and Meghan Synder from Synder’s Farm.

They will provide a quick status update regarding the festival and events sector of agri-tourism.   How are they making plans in this environment of so many unknowns. It is difficult to know where we will be in a month or three but it is critical for many OFFMA members to be able to open their farms to the public. Bring your ideas and questions.

How to Pivot and take your Store Online

Pat and Melinda McArthur from Heatherlea Farm Shoppe and Sandy Archibald from Archibald Orchards and Winery discuss the challenges they have had to continue operating their businesses online.

Staying Connect to Your Consumers even When Your Doors are Closed

Hollis English from Murphy’s Farm Market & Bakery shares with us some of the things they are doing to stay connected with their customers. They have ramped up their online shop and have had a few surprise best sellers. Join Hollis to hear how she and her staff are managing their way through this crisis.

Being Open and Staying Open During Covid19

This is the first in a series of webinars regarding the farm fresh experience industry and COVID-19.

Our panel is made up of: Jordan McKay, Willowtree Farm Market, Shane Van Casteren, Nicholyn Farms, Thom Wilson, Spirit Tree Cidery

Each of these businesses has decided to stay open during this crisis and have been moving very quickly to accommodate their staff, their customers and any regulations concerning COVID- 19.