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Starting a Farm or Farm Co-op 101


For over 100 years, co-ops have been addressing community problems through collective and democratic democratic decision-making, based on a set of shared principles. The business structure with the highest rates of success, co-operatives are a wise choice for future businesses. As a result we have seen a wave of new successful food and farm co-ops across North America to address issues of local food systems and economies.

This workshop will explain the fundamentals of what a co-op is, how food and farm co-ops are structured and some key steps to getting your co-op started. Presentation by Peggy Baillie of Local Food and Farm Co-ops. Hosted by Farms at Work.

Get your tickets at the link below!

Tickets now available for Traditional Indigenous Dinner

You are invited to a unique opportunity to taste the flavours of our local indigenous communities’ traditional foods. The event is a fundraiser for The Flint Corn Community Project. There will also be a silent auction of Haudenosaunee and Anishnaabe-made items, and a screening of the National Film Board film “The Gift”. This Ontario-produced film tells the story of flint corn, one of the predecessors of the sweet and field corn widely grown today in North America.

Since 2015, the Flint Corn Community Project has offered culturally appropriate and science-based teachings of the Haudenosaunee people around growing Flint corn using the Three-Sisters method. This exciting initiative has engaged more than 125 volunteers, and close to 500 youth from across the province. Nikki Auten, Flint Corn Project Manager, works with youth camps and elementary schools each year to help youth understand the system, the stories and the science behind the three-sisters garden.   The fundraiser will help support the on-going efforts to revitalize this corn seed and to extend outreach into more schools in Peterborough and surrounding areas. 

The event will be held on October 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm at The Mount Community Centre in Peterborough. Dinner includes dishes such as three-sisters soup, Haudenosaunee corn bread, venison and rice casserole (vegetarian option available), bannock and wild rice pudding.   Tickets are $45 each, couple and group rates are available, and can be purchased here on Eventbrite, or by calling 705-743-7671

The Flint Corn Community Project is a collaborative effort of Farms at Work, Trent University and TRACKS (Trent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge and Science youth program).

Round 2:  East Central Local Food Networking Event!

Due to the sold-out success of our Local Food Networking Event in Douro, Farms at Work is organizing a second Event (Round 2) north of Cobourg in Northumberland County on June 6th.

Thanks to Headwaters Farm for providing the venue. Come see their innovative facilities, and celebrate Local Food Week at the same time!

This will be a "business-to-business" local food networking event for local producers, processors, restaurants, caterers, retail stores, and institutions looking to make business connections. Based on positive feedback from the first event, we will again be matching up buyers with sellers for targeted “speed-meetings”, based on what they are looking for.

Let’s work together to expand our local/regional food production network, create economic opportunities, support innovation and get local food on local plates!

For more information and to register, follow the link below:

Let's do Business! Local Food Networking Event

Last Call To Register: Deadline Monday April 17 at midnight!

"Business-to-business" local food networking event for local producers, processors, restaurants, caterers, retail stores and institutions looking to make business connections.

Join host organization Farms at Work at Towns & Leahy Mercantile and Deli in Douro. Our thanks to the new owners, Bernard and Lise Leahy & family, Nancy Towns and Mark Towns, for providing the venue for this event!

Together we can expand our local/regional food production network, create economic opportunities, support innovation and get local food on local plates!

You must register by the deadline to take advantage of our "matchaker" service! We will be pairing businesses for targeted speed-meetings, saving you time and ensuring you talk to the people who want to talk to you.

Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Register here:

Big Step Forward in Support for New Farmers!

Farms at Work is extremely pleased that the federal Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agrifood has recently released its Report, and has included a specific recommendation for support for new farmers in the next Agricultural Policy Framework:

"Recommendation 18: The Committee recommends that the Government work with stakeholders to support the next generation of farmers by improving farm start-up conditions, succession planning and the transfer of knowledge to help young farmers and beginning farmers start their business." Read the full Standing Committee Report here

Farms at Work, along with other organizations across the country, worked hard last fall to prepare a consensus brief that was presented to the federal government in order to inform and recommend on this initiative. See our joint brief here

We are working for the future of farming every day!