‘New Farmers’ initiative with Farmstart
The healthy harvest that greets you at McVean Farm in Brampton belies the fact that it has been a difficult year for farming in Ontario. The array of crops grown, the experimentation and curiosity of the farmers at Mc Vean to try new crops and […]
FarmStart’s New Farms Incubator Farm Program supports new farm enterprises by offering access to land, equipment, and infrastructure at reasonable rates, and by providing participants with mentorship and training in business planning, technical skills, and ecological farming methods.
The following profiles introduce our […]
When the older folks retire, will there be anyone left to till the soil and grow our crops?
Environment Reporter – the toronto star When Kurtis Andrews walks into his family’s barn, he can’t […]
The Rodale Institute’s New Farm website has some great stories. One in particular is written by a fellow who was full time organic dairy farming for two years…and then had to cut his losses and sell everything. It is a great account of some of the pitfalls facing new farmers and the lessons to […]
Part of my work with MarketLINK includes research into new market models for farmers. If you read the newspapers you’ll recognize the trendiness of ‘niche’, ‘local,’ ‘specialty’, ‘direct’ and ‘alternative’ markets. What I’m curious about are the practical ways that farmers access these markets.
An agricultural marketing co-operative is one interesting and viable option. […]