Programs

FarmStart began as an Incubator Farm near Guelph, (inspired by the Intervale in Vermont) in order to provide a supportive and relatively low risk way for people from non-farm backgrounds to explore and enter the sector.

We have since expanded; we have developed and piloted various programs in response to the needs of the prospective and current start up farmers across Ontario. We work primarily with New Canadians, young people from non-farm backgrounds and second career farmers.

We approach our programs and services within a ‘sustainable livelihoods’ framework. We believe a new farmer needs to have a wide range of skills and, to build a variety of different assets to be successful.

We cannot just provide a new farmer with land and equipment (however helpful this is); they need the right mix of skills and appropriate resources, they need social as well as financial capital and they need peer and mentor networks.  And, of course, they need supportive and loyal markets and viable business models.

So within each of our program areas we aim to provide practical tools, financial and physical resources and skills and confidence building opportunities, as well as helping new farmers to build important peer, mentor and market networks.

Start-up Farms Seed Capital Training
 

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