News & Events

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.

Best Practices for Harvesting and Cleaning Seed

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The rain just missed us for the Best Practices for Harvesting and Cleaning Seeds workshop at Urban Harvest's farm near Campbellcroft.
Thanks to all who came out despite the weather and thank you to Urban Harvest and Urban Tomato for teaching all of us about seed saving and for the delicious local snacks afterwards.


Flint Corn Community Open House - this Sunday!


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Only 2 more days until the Flint Corn Community Project Open House, where Farms at Work and Tracks have been growing corn, squash, and beans in mounds along with tobacco and sunflowers. There will be a demonstration of corn lyeing, braiding, food to sample and more.

Please share this invitation widely. The poster can also be shared or posted.

Location: The Mount Community Centre: 1545 Monaghan Rd, Peterborough. For a map, click here:

Email for more information.


Special offer for New Farmers - Women in Agriculture Conference

Farms at Work is pleased to announce a unique opportunity that will provide the first 15 new and beginning female farmers operating for less than 5 years with a partial registration to the Advancing Women Conference on Tuesday October 4th. Included is lunch and the afternoon session for a registration price of $166.70 including HST. This afternoon program includes a 1.5 hour panel of five experienced women farmers - including four from Ontario. The conference will be held at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.

For more information about the conference visit:

For the Registration Form click here and submit to Iris Meck at or call 403-686-8407
For the Conference Agenda click here:  Agenda
For the Conference Poster click here: Poster

37 Youth Attend Cultural Workshop at Flint Corn Community Project

TRACKS and Farms at Work were delighted to welcome 16 Indigenous students from the Biishkaa orientation program, and 21 youth from the Adventures and Understanding program to the Flint Corn Community Project yesterday afternoon for a two hour introductory workshop. TRACKS staff member Dawn Martin discussed the history of the project, cultural traditions related to creation and the Three Sisters, pollination, soil, and symbiotic growing relationships. 

Over the three week  Biishkaa program, students are acclimatized to both Trent University and Peterborough as a way of acknowledging that many of the youth are leaving their communities for the first time. Tutors and mentors are provided to the students, and they are introduced to the Elders in residence. As a way of immersing the students in their local Indigenous community outings to the Petroglyphs, Black Oak Savannah at Alderville First Nations, and Curve Lake also take place. Adventures and Understanding is a program of the Rotary Club in which Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth come together to share their cultures.