Sowing Seeds, Reaping Profit is a series of seven case studies featuring innovative Ontario farmers with non-traditional backgrounds. It shares practical production tips, innovative marketing approaches and creative ways to successfully […]
FarmStart is currently accepting applications for a full-time Agronomist and Extension Coordinator.
In 2007, FarmStart initiated research into the markets and production capacity for world food crops that can be grown in Ontario. The aim is to identify, share and develop knowledge and opportunities for world crops in our climate and markets in connection […]
FarmStart not only supports new farmers, we also promote viable markets for local food. We brought further attention to this issue in October 2007, when we hosted a Local Food Pavilion at Canada’s Ethnic & Specialty Food Expo. The pavilion featured local farmers’ products, Buy Local maps, and materials from FarmStart, the
The Growing International Conference took place on November 27th, 28th and 29th, and focused on how to develop a local food supply for the GTA’s ethnocultural markets. It was a fantastic three days that included dynamic presentations, critical dialogue and valuable networking opportunities.
For those of you who missed the conference – and those who […]
Sowing Seeds, Reaping Profit is a series of seven case studies featuring innovative Ontario farmers with non-traditional backgrounds. It shares practical production tips, innovative marketing approaches and creative […]
Preena Chauhan has a background in Indian cooking, facilitating, business, and an MA in Environmental Studies. These passions have come together in her creation of a new line of processed Indian foods that follow a mandate of sustainable business practices. This mandate has made Preena particularly interested in procuring local ingredients for her processed […]
Ted Eng was born on a farm in the Greater Toronto Region, as one of many children in a large Chinese family. He decided to take over the family farm, going from 80 to 120 acres of organic vegetables in the early 1990’s. Since then, Ted has established one of the most successful organic […]
Mike Columbus’ presentation covered his personal experiences as a New Crop Development Specialist with OMAFRA. He has thirty years of experience working with OMAFRA, over a decade of that time has been devoted to working with farmers, growing new and specialty crops.
To begin his presentation, Mike discussed the broader market for world crops. […]
Mike Shook is Program Manager with FarmStart. He has a background in both tropical and northern agriculture and extensive experience in learning to adapt to new growing conditions. Mike’s presentation focused both on practical tips for growing, as well as the lessons New Canadian producers could share with their Canadian counterparts.
This past summer, […]
Iffat Zehra has a unique perspective on the South Asian market demand, as she originally hails from Pakistan and has spent much of her time in Canada working to establish programs for New Canadians at the community level.
Iffat is currently working as Executive Director of the Community Economic Development for Immigrant Women (CEDIW) […]