Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2017 Regional Award Winner

Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario, East Garafraxa

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Darryl Burnett, MPP Kathryn McGarry and Mel Luymes

Darryl Burnett, MPP Kathryn McGarry and Mel Luymes

The Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario (IFAO) has been calling on farmers, agricultural organizations and concerned citizens to assess their soil through a new campaign. Their catchy campaign asks people to take a pair of white, 100 per cent cotton briefs, bury them in the ground and then dig them up two months later. It's a quick and dirty way to assess soil health. If the briefs have decomposed, you've got healthy biological activity and organic matter. If not, the IFAO suggest using cover crops and other conservation methods to give your soil organisms a boost. Folks from as far away as Australia have been answering the call, learning about the importance of soil health one pair of underwear at a time.