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Peterborough County Young Farmers' Spring Social

Break through the frost and come cultivate your farming friendships at the Peterborough County Farmers' Spring Social on Saturday, April 13th!

Visit with old friends, share stories and make new connections with other young farmers in your area at this open house hosted by BE Catering, Farms at Work, the Peterborough County Junior Farmers and the Peterborough County Ag Round Table.

  • Complimentary snacks
  • Live music (supported by your donations)
  • Cash bar


When: Saturday, April 13th, 2019, 7PM to approx 10PM

Where: BE Catering, 356 Charlotte St., Peterborough

Who: Peterborough County young farmers (age 19 to 40ish) and their young-at-heart supporters


Get your free ticket today! Space is limited  - so click on the link below to register ASAP. For more information please contact Katie Jackson at

New Funding Available for On-Farm Clean Water Projects!

If you are a farmer or own farmland, the new East Central Farm Stewardship Fund offers you access to additional funding and technical support for your on-farm clean water projects in 2019 and 2020. This funding program is delivered through the East Central Farm Stewardship Collaborative (ECFSC) which operates in Northumberland, Peterborough and Hastings Counties, the City of Kawartha Lakes and Durham Region.

The ECFSC partners work directly with you to support the agricultural use of your land, while helping you to access funding and technical assistance to complete your project.  Currently, on-farm clean water projects are our funding priority and include the following: 

  • fencing livestock out of waterways,
  • providing alternate watering sources for livestock
  • planting vegetative buffers alongside watercourses and ponds
  • installing eavestroughs and diversions around barnyards
  • planting cover crops 
  • restoration of wetlands

This grant can also be added to other sources of funding. Contact any member of the Collaborative as soon as possible as funding is limited. Visit for contact information or to complete an online application in minutes.


This program was undertaken with financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal Department of Environment and Climate Change. 

Farms at Work is a member of the East Central Farm Stewardship Collaborative.

Have a planting project? Winter is also the right time to contact your local Conservation Authority about tree seedling sales!

Farms at Work: 2018 Accomplishments

It was our pleasure to serve the farming community across east central Ontario through a wide range of activities throughout 2018! To see a sample of what we have been up to visit the link below...

What's happening with Bill 66

Agricultural groups across the province are very concerned with Bill 66, Schedule 10. Why? Because it would allow municipalities to pass "open for business" bylaws that could lead to development of prime farmland in order to "reduce red tape" and create jobs - without any public consultation, without regard to any planning laws or water protection and with no right of appeal. Developers and speculators will benefit - but will the public? Farm organizations believe that jobs are created by building on properly zoned lands, and by supporting agriculture on prime farmland, which creates jobs along the entire food chain.
If you believe that farmland protection is not "red tape", consider signing the petition created by Environmental Defense here:
and/or make a comment on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry by Sunday January 20 here:


YOU did it!! Agricultural organizations across the province spoke out urgently against a Schedule buried in Bill 66. At Farms at Work, we reached out to farmers throughout the region to encourage them to speak up against proposed law that would have made farmland protection optional for municipalities in Ontario. Don't be misled by the emphasis on the greenbelt - this bill went far beyond that.
You responded, along with thousands of others, and yesterday the Government backed down:…/article-ontario-reverses…/
Let's keep working together to protect farming and food for Ontario!

Scaling Up Sales Workshop Success!

We had such an amazing day at our Scaling Up Sales event! We all learned a great deal of information from Peggy Ballie for Local Food and Farms Co-op! Our panel of experts were absolutely fantastic! Thank you to Chef Tyler from Rare Grill House, Chef Bryan from One Fine Food and Heather the Food Procurement Coordinator for the Student Nutrition Program. A major thank you to all of the people who came out to learn how to scale up to wholesale!