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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? 

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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!

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).