Hamilton: Landmark Farm

The Landmark Start-Up Farm is a landmark for FarmStart and the Start-Up Farm concept in many ways. This is the first time a Start-Up Farm is in the process of being established on privately owned farmland. It is also the first Start-Up Farm in the province outside of the Greater Toronto Area and is surrounded by working farmland.

The Landmark Start-Up Farm is 50 acres in extent and this season we will have two farm enterprises starting operations. This farm will serve aspiring new farmers from the Hamilton, Ancaster, Burlington and Flamborough regions.

The Landmark Group who also owns the Ancaster Old Mill and Cambridge Mill Restaurant owns Landmark farm.

2014 Landmark Farm Season

Start Up Farms

Year 1
Test Cropper – Christie Dunbar
Start Up Farmer – Jon Gowing
Year 2
Weathervane Farms – Joanne & Igor Kasprzycki
Year 4 
Close to Home Farm – Rowena Cruz

Previous Years:
2013 Start Up Farmers
Green Vision Farms - Chandrika Bhatia
Fresh Start Farm - Ben James
2012 Test Croppers
Earthly Harvest Farms - Brad Mulhbacher & Fernando Dourado

The farm is located at 250 4th Concession Road W, Flamborough, Ontario.


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Land available: 50 acres. 

¼ acre – Test Cropper plots. March to November

1 – 5 acres for Start-Up and Enterprise Farmers

Participants have access to tilled land, ready for planting. The land and farm infrastrucutre is certified organic.

Types of Production:

Vegetables and fruits, mushrooms, honey, flowers etc, livestock.

Shared Facilities and Equipment:

  • Tractor,
  • Walk behind tractors (BCS)
  • Roto-tillers
  • Irrigation

Services:

FarmStart provides custom tractor work (such as plowing and bed making). FarmStart also assists participants in sourcing inputs like planting materials compost and hay as and when required.

Marketing:

The farm is close to markets and customers in Hamilton, Ancaster, Burlington and Flamborough.

Mentorship and Training:

Mentoring and training are an important part of FarmStart’s programs.

The Farm Manager acts as mentor as well as providing technical and practical support to participants on site as required.

Business development workshops and farm tours are offer by FarmStart on a regular basis, and participants are referred to a wide range of training courses and mentorship opportunities also offered by partner organizations such as the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario, Farmers Growing Farmers, and others.

Applications for the Landmark  Start-Up Farm are now open and will be accepted until November 30th, 2013.

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Our Landmark Farm Funders

Trillium Foundation

 

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