Niagara Agriculture Municipal Learning Network (NAMLN)

Welcome to the Niagara Agriculture Municipal Learning Network (NAMLN) project page. On this site you will find all details about NAMLN as well as network materials.

NAMLN Overview

The NAMLN project is being undertaken by Brock University’s Niagara Community Observatory (NCO).  The project is funded by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership through the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The objective of the NAMLN is to engage municipal elected officials and staff in a series of activities to share information, knowledge, and resources regarding regional agricultural issues and opportunities, with an end goal of enhancing capacity within municipalities to support and promote Niagara’s agriculture sector.

As many know, agriculture is a significant sector in the Niagara region, contributing to social, environmental, and economic sustainability With just over 4% of the total farms in the province, but 5.5% of the total value of provincial gross farm receipts ($838m), the Niagara agriculture sector, certainly punches above its weight in its economic contribution to the Region and the Province. 

However, a recent Greenbelt Foundation report found that municipalities in the Niagara Region have less than one full-time employee dedicated to agriculture issues. This lack of capacity often limits the ability of municipalities to respond effectively to emerging and evolving agriculture issues, while also hindering their ability to capitalize on new opportunities. 

Participating in the NAMLN will provide members with critical resources and information for making evidence-based decisions that support and promote a sustainable agriculture sector in Niagara. Involvement in the network includes several virtual meetings over the next eight months, along with a regional farm tour to showcase the unique capacity and needs of Niagara’s agriculture industry 

The NAMLN will formally launch on June 9 via a virtual kick-off meeting at 1pm. 

To join the Niagara Agriculture Municipal Learning Network, please contact Bunmi Okuwa at bokuwa@brocku.ca by June 1, 2022.

NAMLN Team

Dr. Amy Lemay – Project Lead
Bunmi Okuwa – Network Coordinator and Knowledge Broker
Jayne Morrish – Project Knowledge Mobilization Support

NAMLN Materials

Circulated resources:

Grain Farming 101: Grain Marketing

Source: Grain Farmers of Ontario – https://gfo.ca/research/farming101/

Soil Health in Ontario

Strip Tillage: Learning to Make it Work

Animal Health Emergency Management (AHEM) - Producer Handbook

Source: Animal Health Emergency Management (AHEM) Project – https://animalhealth.ca/ahem/

Sampling Irrigation Water

NAMLN News Items

New agriculture network to share research, tools with Niagara municipalities

For more information on NAMLN please email Bunmi Okuwa at bokuwa@brocku.ca