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New Farmer Training Program - Term 4

Welcome to Term 4 of the New Farmer Training Progam!


The final term focuses on entrepreneurship training for starting a farm business, and includes 10 workshops and 2 Field Days (1 day, 2 locations).


Workshop days are 9-4:30pm with a 1.5 hr break for lunch. Bring a bag lunch to eat with the farm staff, picnic outside, or drive to nearby restaurants. See individual Field Days for specific timing.  There will be 1.5hrs for lunch and travel to the next location. There may be an optional work-bee.  You will be notified ahead of time about the nature of the task.


Unless otherwise specified, all sessions take place in Room 236 of the Orchard Park Office Centre, on the Ignatius Farm property in Guelph.


From the list below, you can select individual workshops or field days, or you can opt to sign up for the full term. If you are an EFAO member, make sure you've signed into your account before registering so you can access the member discount.


Ticket Options

Ticket Price Quantity
Full Term
Allyship and Solidarity in Agriculture
November 10, 9-12pm. Orchard Park room 180, Ignatius Jesuit centre, Guelph. How can we as farmers be allies to Indigenous Nations in Ontario?
Holistic Farm Design
Nov 10, 1:30-4:30pm. Orchard Park room 180, Ignatius Jesuit Centre. Are you wanting to start a farm business but not sure where to start? This workshop will cover the bigger picture questions surrounding the development of a whole farm plan.
Marketing and Distribution
November 11, 9-12pm. How do you create a successful marketing campaign for your business? Learn how to conduct market research, how to price and effectively promote your product, and how to evaluate market opportunities and possibilities.
Planning for Production
Nov 11, 1:30-4:30pm. Learn the steps needed and tools available to begin developing a production plan, including different models and scales of production supports and find out what will work best for your business.
Finances and Budgets
Nov 12, 9-12pm. This workshop will focus on key financial information that every small business owner should know. We will move from terminology into different ways of organizing your business' monetary information.
Innovative Models of Land Access
November 12, 1:30-4:30pm. Join three farmers as they share their stories and ideas around innovative land access models. They will also discuss organizations and supports they've found helpful in accessing land.
Tools and Methods for Successful Recordkeeping
November 17, 9-12pm. Small businesses have an incredible amount of data to track. This half day workshop will cover a variety of methods and tools for record keeping that can be used in various ways on farms of different scales.
Meeting Small Business Requirements on the Farm
Nov 17, 1-4pm. How do you ensure you are doing everything you need to as a business? Colleen Darell is a small business expert who will help participants understand what they should be doing in order to meet all requirements and ensure best practices.
Assembling Your Business Plan
Nov 18, 9-12pm. A business plan is an essential tool, used to secure financing, make sound decisions and keep you on track. This workshop will provide a business plan outline plus tips and ideas about how best to integrate farm-specific components.
Financing Your Farm
Nov 18, 1:30-4:30pm. Financing is a major barrier to many new farmers. Get an overview of some different types of financing options and programs available to new farmers. Includes Q&A with representatives from financing institutions & organizations.
Field Day: Cider Production at Heartwood Farm and Cidery
Nov 19, 9-12pm. Visit a horse-powered, regenerative family farm that includes orchards, grazing mixed livestock and an on-farm cidery. Get an inside look into the crafting of their ciders using ingredients from their farm and local community.
Field Day: Production Systems and Efficiencies at Salad Days Farm
Nov 19, 1:30-4:30pm. 6794 Sixth Line, Belwood. Farmers Paula & Dave know a thing or two about efficiency, growing vegetables for a 75-member CSA, market and wholesale customers on just a few acres. Learn how they've set the farm up for success.

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