Farmer Training

Courses & Workshops

The Ecological Farmers of Ontario (EFAO) has provided farmer to farmer training through workshops, field days, kitchen table meetings, and courses for 30 years. EFAO publishes a bi-monthly magazine focused on organic production. EFAO lists its offerings on the Ecological Farmers of Ontario Events page (see below for a selection of EFAO).

Canadian Organic Growers have chapters throughout Ontario. COG National publishes handbooks, guides, and a monthly magazine. COG offers webinars, workshops and is the host of Eastern Ontario’s organic conference, Eco Farm Day. For the latest COG events and course listings, please visit Canadian Organic Growers Events.

FarmStart offers training, support and an incubator farm for new farmers and new Canadians.  FarmStart supports and encourages a new generation of farmers to develop locally based, ecologically sound and economically viable agricultural enterprises. There are many challenges in agriculture today but there are also many exciting opportunities. By thinking about agriculture in new and innovative ways we can meet the challenges head on with a variety of solutions that promote a sustainable, healthy and regional food supply.

Everdale Environmental Learning Centre has been training a new kind of local, ecological farmer since 1998.  Farmers Growing Farmers is their unique suite of programs that offers a complete range of farm- and mentorship-based trainings.  Whether you are starting to explore the world of sustainable local agriculture or are committed to establishing or restructuring a local farm business there is something on the menu for you. To see a list of Everdale’s courses and workshops, visit their Farmer Training page.

The Organic Council of Ontario supports a number of Production Clubs throughout the province. Production Clubs offer farmer-to-farmer training through field days, kitchen table meetings, information-sharing, and mentorship. For more information on our Production Clubs, or to locate an active club in your area, please contact our office.

Farm internships are offered through the CRAFT network. CRAFT Ontario is your gateway to a farming internship experience that will change your life. Maybe your dream is to have your own organic farm one day. Or maybe you want to learn some food-growing and hands-on skills that can be applied in other careers and lifestyles. Whatever your long term goals are, a farming internship is a powerful experience that will equip you with the tools and insights to make a real difference in the world. You’ll never be the same again!

For more farmer training opportunities, check out our Conferences page.

Internships/ Apprenticeships

CRAFT Ontario

CRAFT Ontario is an informal, member-driven organization made up of more than a dozen southern Ontario organic farms. The goal of CRAFT Ontario is to enhance the internships offered by its member farms.

World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF)

Want to travel and work on an organic farm at the same time? WWOOF networks help place volunteers on organic farms. There are currently farms registered in over 99 countries world-wide. Click here for the WWOOF Canada site.

Sustainable Farming Apprenticeship Program – Stewards Of Irreplaceable Land (SOIL)

SOIL links Canadian farmers willing to take on and train apprentices with folks wanting to work and learn on an organic farm using sustainable practices. We aim to create apprenticeships which transfer lasting knowledge to both the farmer and the apprentice. SOIL was established in 1989 as a non-profit organization, our goals are:

UBC Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture

The UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture is an eight-month experiential learning program designed for aspiring farmers, urban gardeners, environmental educators, and students with an interest in applying their learning about sustainable agriculture and food systems.

Everdale Organic Farm & Environmental Learning Centre

Everdale offers a full-season internship called Future Farmers. The internship is primarily a hands-on field-based experience. It also includes a series of one-day fieldtrips and seminars on organic farming as well as a rich variety of other training opportunities.

For application details and more information please contact:
Gavin Dandy, farm manager, at 519-855-4859 x104 or