Blog Category: Ontario

NFU 2019 Young Farmer Convergence – Apply To Attend

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 24, 2019

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The National Farmers Union (NFU) Youth and in partnership with the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario is planning for the 2019 Young Farmer Convergence! The purpose for the gathering is to offer young farmers workshops, planning and skill-sharing. Our mission is to build capacity for young farmers to be part of an effective social movement and empower them with tools to employ creative solutions to the challenges posed by climate change! This event will bring together dozens of young farmers chosen from around Canada. Successful participants will learn about political organizing and social movements, climate action and agriculture and indigenous … Continue reading NFU 2019 Young Farmer Convergence – Apply To Attend

APPRENTICESHIPS: PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, ON – Blue Wheelbarrow Farm

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 23, 2019

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Looking for a farming apprenticeship in Ontario? Check out Blue Wheelbarrow Farm in Prince Edward County, ON! If you find dirt under your fingernails soothing and the physical exhaustion of a day’s work in the field strangely satisfying… read on! About Blue Wheelbarrow Farm Blue Wheelbarrow Farm is crazy excited to be starting its fourth (!) season in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario. Located just outside Bloomfield in the heart of “The County”, we are dedicated to producing fresh, organically grown vegetables of the highest quality and taste, with a strong focus on promoting local agriculture and local food autonomy. The farm is a 17 … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIPS: PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, ON – Blue Wheelbarrow Farm

Feb 23-24, 2019: OTTAWA, ON – Eco Farm Days

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 23, 2019

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Eco Farm Days 2019 Hosted by Canadian Organic Growers Ottawa – St Lawrence – Outaouais Chapter (COGOSO)  Planning is progressing for the 35th annual Eco Farm Days.  This event, Eastern Ontario’s premiere Organic Farming conference, will be held February 23 and 24 at the Cornwall Ramada Inn and Conference Centre. When: February 23-24, 2019 Where: Ramada Inn Cornwall – 805 Brookdale Avenue, Cornwall, Ontario K6J 4P3 Registration: http://cog.ca/ottawa/eco-farm-day/ (Want a reminder when registration opens? Email ecofarmday at cog.ca.)  Keynote Speaker: The keynote speaker Saturday morning will be Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm. On his north Indiana farm Ben incorporates the best new ideas from non-farm business into farming, minimizing … Continue reading Feb 23-24, 2019: OTTAWA, ON – Eco Farm Days

FARM JOB: OTTAWA – BeetBox Co-operative Farm, Assistant Market Gardener

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 03, 2019

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BeetBox Co-operative Farm is growing (pardon the pun)! And, we need people like you; people who peruse food related employment opportunities. We are looking for an assistant market gardener to catapult our CSA program to the next level!  ABOUT BeetBox Co-operative Farm We are a farmer-owned workers co-operative growing high quality vegetables, ecologically. Last year, we established a new CSA for the lovely people of West Ottawa. The co-op was established in 2017 by three young agrarians: Jeremy Colbeck, Lise-Anne Léveillé, and David Mazur-Goulet. Together, we bring over a decade of growing experience to our community. What makes us different? 110 … Continue reading FARM JOB: OTTAWA – BeetBox Co-operative Farm, Assistant Market Gardener

FARM JOB: KINGSTON, ON – Root Radical CSA – Organic Farm Worker

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 01, 2019

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Root Radical CSA in Kingston, Ontario is hiring an Organic Farm Worker for the 2019 season! ABOUT ROOT RADICAL CSA Root Radical Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) is a successful organic farm growing a diversity of vegetables. Entering our 13th season, we sell our vegetables through the CSA model to about 250 households in Kingston and on Howe Island. We are known for our high-quality great-tasting vegetables, our friendly, organized and accommodating customer service, and the environmental education opportunities offered to our community. In the garden, most work is done by hand or with human-powered tools. We use tractors for moving compost and soil … Continue reading FARM JOB: KINGSTON, ON – Root Radical CSA – Organic Farm Worker

FARM JOB: GUELPH, ON – Ignatius Farm Internship

Posted by Michalina Hunter on December 13, 2018

Ignatius Farm Job

Do you have an interest ecological agriculture?Join the team at Ignatius Farm in Guelph, Ontario this season! ABOUT IGNATIUS FARM The Ignatius Farm grows certified organic vegetables and berries for Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) members, farmers markets, local businesses and service agencies. The Farm’s programs include community gardens, acreage rentals, internships, working shares, volunteer opportunities, and several annual community events. Find out more about Ignatius Farm DESIRED QUALITIES The Ignatius Farm is looking for passionate, imaginative, eco-minded individuals to help us care for our organic farm. You will help build the Farm’s vision of developing local food systems, innovative greenhouse production, … Continue reading FARM JOB: GUELPH, ON – Ignatius Farm Internship

JAN 9: ELMWOOD, ON – Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week Ecological Day

Posted by Moss Dance on October 04, 2018

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Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week (GBFW) is a 7-day agricultural conference featuring a program dedicated to each of the major commodity groups (Dairy, Goat, Sheep, Horse, Beef, Crops and Ecological) in Grey and Bruce counties and beyond. This year, GBFW’s Ecological Day is a producer-lead annual event, related to Ecological Practices on the Farm. WHEN: Wednesday January 9, 2019, 9:00AM — 4:15PM WHERE: Online or in-person at 38 Queen St W, Elmwood, ON ABOUT GREY BRUCE FARMERS’ WEEK GBFW has been a main stay in Grey County since 1966, carrying forth a strong mandate to educate farmers and agribusinesses. GBFW features approximately 55 speakers … Continue reading JAN 9: ELMWOOD, ON – Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week Ecological Day

NFU-O Land Access Guide for Young Farmers in Ontario

Posted by Moss Dance on August 02, 2018

NFU-O Land Access Guide

The NFU-O (National Farmers Union of Ontario) has published the Young Agrarians Ontario Land Access Guide, thanks to funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario. The guide is an adaptation of the immensely popular Young Agrarians BC Land Access Guide. “Farmland in Ontario is amongst the most expensive in Canada with a provincial average of over $10,000 per acre. In Southwestern Ontario, farmland values are now averaging over $16,000 per acre,” noted Ayla Fenton, NFU-O Board member. “New farmers have to be more creative in finding land to grow their business. This guide highlights creative options for new farmers regarding … Continue reading NFU-O Land Access Guide for Young Farmers in Ontario

FARM JOB: COBOURG, ON – Headwaters Farm

Posted by Moss Dance on May 31, 2018

Headwaters Farm

Want to be a farm educator and tour guide? This farm job at Headwaters Farm near Cobourg, ON offers opportunities to educate the public, and  help out in a permaculture garden. ABOUT HEADWATERS FARM Mixed organic (not certified) with 1.5 acres market garden, permaculture garden, laying hens, meat chickens, goats and bees. We have 120 acres with 70 planted in vegetable, hay, oats, barley, malting barley and cover crop. We are in the rolling hills of Northumberland County, high above Port Hope and Cobourg with a view of Lake Ontario. We sell on farm but mostly off-farm at 2 farmer’s … Continue reading FARM JOB: COBOURG, ON – Headwaters Farm

GROW YOUR OWN JOB – New farmers seeking agriculture careers in Ontario

Posted by Moss Dance on April 25, 2018 1 Comment

Agriculture Careers

EDITOR’S NOTE: In this article, Stephanie Gordon follows the stories of several young farmers getting started in agriculture careers. She explores the barriers faced by new farmers in Ontario, including rising land prices, and equipment costs — and the differences between those who have grown up in farming families, and those new to farming. She also notes smaller-scale farming enterprises can be a good entry point for new and young farmers. AGRICULTURE CAREERS: GROW YOUR OWN JOB Can a young person get into farming today? By Stephanie Gordon On Dylan Sher’s first day of his summer job at the dairy farm, a cow had fallen ill. … Continue reading GROW YOUR OWN JOB – New farmers seeking agriculture careers in Ontario