Central Ontario Agricultural Conference COAC @ Georgian College Barrie
Mar 1 @ 9:00 am – Mar 2 @ 4:00 pm

COAC 2018 – By Farmers For Farmers

2018 Central Ontario Agricultural Conference Dates

Thursday March 1, 2018

Organics, Backyard Farming,
Dairy & Sheep

Friday March 2, 2018

Crops & Equine

Please mark your calendars accordingly!

A Complimentary Reception for Conference Attendees will be held in the Exhibitor Area each day, from 4-5pm, where beverages and appetizers will be served.

The 2018 Central Ontario Agricultural Conference will run March 1st and 2nd, at Georgian College. However, due to the strike back in the Fall classes will be running at the same time as this year’s conference. Georgian will be accommodating COAC in alternative space and will be setting up registration and the exhibitor space in Building C, The Administrative Centre, outside the Gryphon Theatre.

The planning committee has put together another great line up of speakers and exhibitors. With the first day, March 1st, featuring the Dairy, Sheep, Organics and Backyard Farming programs, and March 2nd Crops and Equine. “Finalizing this year’s program was delayed by Georgian College as a result of the Fall faculty strike”, said COAC President Paul Maurice. “Our committee was ready to go to print in November but over the last few months we’ve had to re-negotiate the venue to hold our annual conference due to the strike and the College not having a winter reading week as planned,” added Maurice. Despite these adjustments, the COAC volunteer planning committee has developed an outstanding program you will not want to miss….

Register online before February 22nd to take advantage of the early-bird rate of $35.00. Students attending high school, college or university are encouraged to register online for only $20.00. Please be sure to print off and bring your proof of online registration to the conference. Registration at the door will be $50.00. All registrations include a hot, sit-down lunch, parking and HST.

Thank you to all of the sponsors, supporters and exhibitors for their generosity towards our program. Without your partnership and support COAC would not be possible. Make sure to visit with our exhibitors while at the 2018 conference. Attendees are also invited to a Complimentary Reception in the Exhibitors Area from 4-5pm each day. Check out the full list of sponsors in the event schedule.

See you at COAC at the beginning of March!

2018 Stratford Garden Festival @ Rotary
Mar 1 @ 12:00 pm – Mar 4 @ 5:00 pm

For more information please view the event flyer at:

Stratford Garden Festival

March Meeting 2018 @ ANAF 365
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our guest speaker this evening will be Brian Scott from Innisfil Creek Honey .

Brian will speak to members about Bee Keeping.

April Meeting 2018 @ ANAF 365
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

What better way to prepare for the upcoming growing season!  Kelly McNamara will speak this evening on Soil, Lawn and Disease. 

Annual Spring Seminar 2018 @ Tangle Creek Golf Course
Apr 14 @ 9:00 am – 2:45 pm

Barrie Garden Club 2018 Spring Seminar

Don’t miss the event of the year!

$45 for members and $50 for non-members

To reserve your tickets please email:

and mail your cheque made payable to Barrie Horticultural Society and your BGC Spring Seminar Registration Form before April 3rd, 2018 to:


Kimberly Sturge – 111 Esther Dr. Barrie, ON L4N0V5


(only tables for 8 can be reserved – please indicate the 8 names for the table in an email to the above)


Thank-you to Oatley Vigmond (Barrie) for their generous sponsorship towards our annual seminar!


9:00 am                          Registration and coffee/tea
9:20 – 9:30 am            Welcome
9:30 – 10:30 am          David Hobson – The Lighter Side of Gardening
10:30 – 11:00 am        Coffee Break & Morning Silent Auction & Vendor Shopping
10:45 am                         Morning Silent Auction Closes)
11:00 –12:00 pm         Trish Symons-Keeping it Simple: Photographing Gardens
12:00 – 1:15  pm          Lunch & Afternoon Silent Auction
                                           (AM Winners Announced) & Vendor Shopping
1:00 pm                           Afternoon Silent Auction Closes & Payment for AM Silent Auction)
1:15 – 2:15 pm             Charlie Dobbin – Great Gardens with Less Water
2:15 – 2:45 pm            Closing Remarks / Door Prizes / PM Silent Auction Winners Announced / Payment for PM Silent Auction

For more information on our presenters please see their bios at 2018 seminar bios.



OHA District 16 AGM @ Tangle Creek Golf Course
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Spring into Green Eco Show @ Holly Recreation Centre
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

gardener imageTo help celebrate EARTH DAY 2018, the Barrie Garden Club is pleased to be participating in the Spring Into Green Eco Show, hosted by CARP-Barrie. Please plan on joining us on April 22, 2018 at the Holly Recreation Centre, 171 Mapleton Avenue, in Barrie.



May Meeting 2018 and Flower Show @ ANAF 365
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us as Paul Oliver, of Urban Nature Store, will speak about Attracting Birds to Your Backyard.

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We are excited to announce that the first of three club flower shows for 2018 will take place this evening.  You’ll want to participate and earn points towards the year-end awards.

To see the details of categories of this evening’s competition please go to this link:

Barrie Garden Club May 2018 Flower Show


Annual Plant Sale @ TBA
Jun 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
June Meeting 2018 @ ANAF 365
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Memory Gardens and other Theme Gardens will be the topic presentation by Dawn Golloher of Gardens Plus.

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