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Grants available for farm projects this season!

If you are a farmer or own farmland, you have a lot of opportunities to plan projects on your farm that may qualify for grant funding!  In east central Ontario (Durham to Hastings and everything in between) the East Central Farm Stewardship Collaborative is trying to make it easier for you by bringing information all together in one place.  

These are just examples of the many great opportunities available right now...

  • Fencing livestock out of a stream/pond/woodlot
  • Alternate watering systems
  • Planting buffers/windbreaks/marginal land
  • Restoring and enhancing wetlands for wildlife and reducing "wet" land problems
  • Improving a stream crossing
  • Invasive plant removal
  • Cross fencing for rotational grazing
  • Cover crops
  • Water well improvements/livestock watering
  • Equipment modifications to improve soil/improve nutrient application
  • Addition of organic material to low fertility fields

Funding is available right now from local conservation authorities, Ducks Unlimited Canada and from the provincial and federal governments through the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association! You do not have to choose between these programs. Many of them can be added together when you work with a Collaborative member.

For example, suppose you want to fence some cows out of a stream or pond and provide them with alternate watering (such as a solar pump). You can call the Collaborative coordinator (or any member), put together a plan and receive funding from as many as three different sources – OSCIA, Ducks Unlimited and your conservation authority!

In 2017, the members of the East Central Farm Stewardship Collaborative provided close to $250,000 in funding to farmers and farmland owners, contributing to approximately 50 projects across east central Ontario.

If you have been thinking about projects like the ones mentioned above (or have any other great ideas) get in touch as soon as possible. 

Visit and fill out a 3-minute online application form

Contact any member of the Collaborative 


Or call 705-743-7671 

Local Food Business Networking Event!


Local Food Business Networking Event- April 10th in Whitby!

Join Farms at Work and The Rhizome Institute for a "business-to-business" local food networking event for local producers, processors, restaurants, caterers, retail stores, and institutions looking to make business connections in the Eastern GTA/Durham Region!

Tickets are $30 and include refreshments and a 3 course lunch of Ontario-local foods provided by Bistro '67 !

Registration is limited, and pre-registration is required.


Click the link below for more details!



SAVE THE DATE! – Upcoming Soils Workshop Series – March 21st & 22nd!

The East Central Farm Stewardship Collaborative is hosting two engaging and informative workshops in March.

  • Mike Buis: keynote speaker on integrating pasturing of cover crops into a cash crop system
  • Learn about the Ontario Soil Network!
  • Bring your soil test results – plan your nutrient requirements for 2018!
  • Bring your laptop – learn how to develop a multi-layered map of your farm!
  • Farmer panel

Event Dates:
March 21st – Woodville
March 22nd – Alderville
For more information and to register click HERE

Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation!

 Farms at Work, with funding support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, is researching the feasibility of creating supports for new farm entrepreneurs in accessing farm-based programs and education in east central Ontario. 

Click here to read the full press release.

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!