Blog Category: Funding

Resources for Farmers Affected by BC Wildfires

Posted by JoHana Harcourt on August 22, 2023 2 Comments

On this page you’ll find resources for those affected by the wildfires in BC, with some specific options for farmers. We have also included resources for those wishing to support recovery efforts. Our hearts go out to all of those affected by the wildfires, and their families, animals, and communities. General Resources Government of BC Emergency Support Services: Register as an evacuee and claim support through your regional office. AgSafe BC Wildfire Emergency Planning Resources:  Links to evacuation support and financial assistance. Fire Smart BC: Provides checklists and plans for wildfire preparedness, as well as current wildfire evacuation orders. Faireshare CSA Coalition & Not Our Farm have … Continue reading Resources for Farmers Affected by BC Wildfires

Accessing the On-Farm Climate Action Fund

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 03, 2023

The federal government has created the OFCAF program to help farmers tackle climate change. This is a great opportunity for new farmers to access funding for infrastructure, consultation and management practices. The objective of the Fund is to support farmers in adopting beneficial management practices (BMPs) that store carbon and reduce greenhouse gases, specifically in the areas of: Nitrogen management, examples include costs associated with: consulting, agronomic services and creating fertility plans soil testing and mapping applying manure and composts (potential for equipment costs) planting legumes Cover cropping, examples include costs associated with: consulting, agronomic services and creating cover cropping … Continue reading Accessing the On-Farm Climate Action Fund

FUNDING: Organic Transition Program

Posted by JoHana Harcourt on March 23, 2023

Funding is available for farmers to support the transition to organic production! The Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA)’s Organic Transition Program assists organic producers financially for their added costs incurred while transitioning to organic farming.  With a booming $6.6 billion in sales, Canada is the sixth largest organic market in the world. Yet, demand continuously outpaces supply, despite double digit production growth. Two thirds of Canadians purchase organic products weekly and organic is the fastest growing part of the Canadian agriculture landscape. These facts are both extremely positive for the Canadian organic industry, yet without continued efforts to train organic … Continue reading FUNDING: Organic Transition Program

Wage Subsidy Programs for Farms in Canada

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 06, 2023

2024 WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAMS FOR FARMS Are you a farm looking for a wage subsidy to hire an employee? Here are several federally and regionally-funded programs to consider. Make sure to read the eligibility requirements carefully, as some subsidies are not allowed to be combined with others. Want to learn about the basics of hiring and managing farm employees? Check out our How to Hire Farm Workers course – it’s self-paced and entirely online, so you can do the course at any time, from anywhere! Canada Summer Jobs Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which … Continue reading Wage Subsidy Programs for Farms in Canada

How to Apply for Farm Grants in Canada

Posted by Rachel Spruston on January 17, 2022 15 Comments

As a new farmer, access to capital in the early years of operation, or during periods of significant change such as farm transition or expansion, can be a challenge. The good news is, there are many farm grants for beginning farmers in Canada, and we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourites below, as well as tips for applying. This post was inspired by and based on the generous expertise of Andrew Rosychuk of Rosy Farms, a regenerative haskap farm in Alberta and a speaker for our Business Bootcamp. Over the course of his farming career Andrew has become … Continue reading How to Apply for Farm Grants in Canada

Resources for Farmers Affected by BC Floods

Posted by Michalina Hunter on November 24, 2021

Resources for Farmers Affected by BC Floods

We are devastated about the recent flooding in southern BC. Our hearts go out to all the farmers affected by flooding, and their families, animals, and communities. This post contains resources for farmers, as well as options for those wishing to support with recovery efforts. Resources for Farmers Affected By BC Floods Funding: Provincial Disaster Funding BC Agri-Business Disaster Recovery BC Economic Development Association Resources AgriRecovery The AgriRecovery program assists livestock and crop producers with recovery costs which are beyond the supports provided by existing government disaster financial assistance, risk management programs, and private insurance. The governments of B.C. and … Continue reading Resources for Farmers Affected by BC Floods

#RISINGYOUTH community service grants

Posted by Michalina Hunter on October 20, 2021

Do you have a simple project idea to support your community? #RisingYouth is a program led by TakingITGlobal that empowers young people aged 15 to 30 across Canada to give back to their community through grants of $250, $750, and $1,500. THEY HAVE THREE LEVELS OF GRANTS AVAILABLE: Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. You’ll hear from them within 30 days of applying! They are currently prioritizing grant applications that respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic. All grantees and projects must comply with applicable public health guidelines in their province or territory. Please postpone applications for any projects involving in-person … Continue reading #RISINGYOUTH community service grants

Growing Change Program

Posted by Michalina Hunter on September 14, 2021

We’re thrilled to be partnering with Growers and Co. to provide small-scale regenerative farmers with equipment, knowledge and financial support so they can better feed their communities and provide access to healthy, locally-grown food through the Growing Change Program.  True change comes from farmer-led, community-based, and boots-on-the-ground innovators. We are here to support the problem-solvers and change-makers working to grow food for their communities. How the Growing Change Program works A portion of each purchase from Growers and Co. goes towards the program, which focusses on long term solutions to create positive impacts on farmers, their communities and the planet. … Continue reading Growing Change Program

FUNDING: Organic Conversion Support Program

Posted by Michalina Hunter on June 09, 2021

Funding is available for farmers to support the transition to organic production! The Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) is thrilled to announce the launch of their new Support Organic Change Fund. With a booming $6.6 billion in sales, Canada is the sixth largest organic market in the world. Yet, demand continuously outpaces supply, despite double digit production growth. Two thirds of Canadians purchase organic products weekly and organic is the fastest growing part of the Canadian agriculture landscape. These facts are both extremely positive for the Canadian organic industry, yet without continued efforts to train organic techniques and support Canadian farmers to … Continue reading FUNDING: Organic Conversion Support Program

Canadian Eco-Scholar Award: Scholarship for students who care about organic agriculture

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 18, 2021

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2021 YORKSHIRE VALLEY FARMS CANADIAN ECO-SCHOLAR AWARD Are you a full-time student at a Canadian academic institution?  Are you passionate about organics? Yorkshire Valley Farms wants to hear from you! Applications for The 2021 Yorkshire Valley Farms Canadian Eco-Scholar Award are now open. $10,000 in funding is available and will be awarded to four students.  To apply, submit a video in which you answer the question “what role do you hope to play in the organic regenerative movement?”. The Eco-Scholar Award was launched in 2004 by the Guelph Organic Conference. Under the new partnership with … Continue reading Canadian Eco-Scholar Award: Scholarship for students who care about organic agriculture