The Great Ontario Clean Farms Challenge


What’s the Great Ontario Clean Farms Challenge?

Farmers are some of the most environmentally conscious people around, and CleanFARMS wants everyone to know it. The Great Ontario Clean Farms Challenge is a program developed to gather and promote examples of environmentally friendly farming practices.

The aim of the Challenge is to create a dialogue among farmers about agricultural waste and profile some of the innovative ways that farmers are reducing, reusing, and recycling ag waste on their farms. Join the Challenge today and help show what a positive difference Ontario farmers are making to the environment!

Who is eligible?

The Challenge is open to all individuals who operate commercial farms in Ontario. Organizers are looking for entries from all sectors including: grain, livestock, dairy, poultry, fruit, vegetables, hay, and seed production. And any organizations who play a supporting role in agriculture are encouraged to nominate a farmer who they think deserves to be recognized.

How do you nominate someone or enter the Challenge?

Farmers are busy people, so the entry process has been made as quick and easy as possible. Just complete this short online entry form. Based on the information provided, the judging panel will develop a shortlist of finalists who will be interviewed to determine their eligibility for the three prizes.

Challenge organizers are looking for smart and creative examples of steps taken to protect the environment and manage waste. It doesn't have to be one big idea; it can be a series of small ideas that have a big impact when they’re all added up.

What are the prizes?

There are three cash prizes are available: 

  • 1st prize - $5,000
  • 2nd prize - $3,000
  • 3rd prize - $1,000

What are the key dates and deadlines?

The contest begins on April 22, 2015 and all entries must be received by 5pm EDT on July 30, 2015. 

Who is CleanFARMS?

CleanFARMS is a not-for-profit industry stewardship organization committed to environmental responsibility through the proper management of agricultural waste. Their programs manage agricultural plastic and other inorganic waste from farms across Canada, and have earned them a reputation of excellence around the world.

For more information, contact:

Kim Timmer:  |  (416) 622-4460 ext. 2229