News & Events

New Farm Business Planning Program Launch!

Saturday was the launch of our Farm Business Planning Program! We had a great day focusing on Production Planning with Judy Coward (OMAFRA) and Bryan Smith (Allied and Associates) helping participants out. We are looking forward to the next day where potential funders will come out and tell participants about different programs to fund their farm business.

Next Agricultural Policy Framework

Join Farms at Work and other organizations across the country in promoting policies and programs for new farmers. You can see our brief here. Federal, provincial and territorial governments are currently working together to develop policies and programs for the next several years.  They want to hear directly from you if you are 18-39 years of age - visit…/programs-and-se…/youth-in-agriculture and and weigh in RIGHT NOW! You can echo our comments and/or put in your own two cents

Is soil health a priority on your farm?

Farms at Work strives to support healthy farms through a wide variety of "behind the scenes" activities. We have hosted soil workshops over the past few years, and this month will participate in a consultation towards the creation of a strategy to enhance the health of agricultural soils. Sustaining Ontario’s Agricultural Soils: Towards a Shared Vision is a discussion document that begins the conversation on the collective efforts needed by government and stakeholders to support and improve agricultural soil health.
You can read a copy and provide your own comments by visiting OMAFRA's website:

We're Hiring!

Agricultural Program Coordinator

November to March

30 hours/week

Position Overview

The successful applicant will gain valuable experience working in a non-profit environment, with the support of experienced sector and technical knowledge-holders.  They will make valuable contacts and benefit from comprehensive exposure to the farming sector in east central Ontario, while supporting management in a wide range of activities that further organizational goals.

  • Number of positions: 2
  • Anticipated start date: November (ASAP) to March 31, 2017
  • Location: Peterborough, Ontario
  • Salary: $15.50/hr for 30 hours a week, plus vacation pay
To see full job posting click here

Micro Finance for Farm/Food Businesses!

Peterborough Community Savings is now offering a Micro-Finance Program in conjunction with their partner Alterna Savings.  These could open up growth opportunities for your small food or farm business!  The program offers loans from $1,000 to $25,000 and can be used for equipment and operating costs (not for purchasing land).  You will need an up to date business plan and cash flow projection, as well as other documents to successfully apply for it-- and other financing opportunities as well!

For more details on the Community Micro-Finance Program, click here or contact Karen Mask 705 748 4481

For more information and to apply for the Farm Business Planning Program, click here.  Space is limited and the program begins later this fall.