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Local Food Business Networking Event!

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

  • farmers - showcase your product to 20-30 buyers from eastern GTA & Durham region. You will be matched up with buyers for targeted “speed-meetings”.

  • buyers - meet farmers in east central Ontario that are selling what what you need in targeted mini-meetings

  • learn about 20 new & emerging crops

  • enjoy a 3 course lunch at Bistro'67

This event is a partnership between the Rhizome Institute and Farms at Work, with funding support from the Greenbelt Foundation.

It is one of a series of three Trade Fare events offered by the Rhizome Institute in different regions. The final event will be held in Toronto during the Restaurant Canada Show.


Registration is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register HERE
** Optional ** 
Sellers bring business cards, promotional flyers or samples if desired! 

FARMLAND: Using it, Losing it & Protecting it

This farmer-focused session will explore recently developed information on farmland in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, but with a specific focus on east central Ontario. Planners and local decision-makers are also welcome.

Time will be set aside for an open discussion around causes and possible solutions, and how farmers can engage in the process.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Lunch is sponsored by Durham Region Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

Registration is limited and you must pre-register. Register on Eventbrite or call Farms at Work at 705-743-7671 for further assistance. 




University of Guelph: Wayne Caldwell, Professor and Sara Epp, PhD candidate, will present research on farmland converted to non-agricultural uses from 2000 to 2014 in the region

Farms at Work: Pat Learmonth, Director, will illustrate trends in the use of farmland in east central Ontario over the past 40 years.

Ontario Farmland Trust: Kathryn Enders, Executive Director, will focus on using Farmland Easement Agreements as a tool to permanently protect farmland in Ontario.

OMAFRA: Arthur Churchyard and Carolyn Puterbough will provide an update on the Agricultural Systems Mapping for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and what it will mean for planning in the future.

'Tis The Season For Giving!

Did you know that Farms at Work is a charitable project? 

You can make a tax-deductible donation to support our work as fast as you can click a button!

Click HERE to make a secure donation right now!

It was our pleasure to serve the farming community across east central Ontario through a wide range of activities throughout 2017! Here is a sample of what we have been up to...

FAW 2017 Review

Farms at Work is 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.

  • Anticipated start date: November (ASAP) to March 31st 2018
  • Location: Peterborough, Ontario
  • Application deadline: Monday November 20th at 5pm
  • Salary: $16.00/hr for 30 hours a week, plus vacation pay 

For job details click the PDF below

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!