Organic Climate Solutions Organic Council of Ontario

Despite the benefits of Regenerative and Organic Agriculture, the initial costs of transitioning, investing in new infrastructure and the learning curve associated with picking up new practices have proven to be some of the biggest barriers to adopting climate-friendly practices. To address these issues, there are currently a number of programs available in Ontario to ease the financial burden on farmers and increase the availability of organic training. Check out these resources below and let us know how you are taking climate action on your farm by filling out the survey!
Resources Supporting the Up Take of Climate-Friendly Practices on Ontario Farms
  • On-Farm Natural Habitats: What They Are and Why They Matter

    With so many external stressors threatening our natural ecosystems, some farmers have turned to rebuilding or preserving natural spaces on their farmland. If done correctly, this practice can prove enormously beneficial to the farm and its surrounding environment. So what kinds of natural landscapes can farmers rebuild, and what kind of care will these new spaces require?

  • Support for Farmers: Regenerative Organic Alliance, Farmer Cost-Share Program

    The ROC’s Farmer Cost-Share Program offers financial support to farmers and handlers who have applied to be Regenerative Organic Certified. Certified operations can receive reimbursement for up to 75 per cent of eligible certification costs up to $1,000 per certification scope. The program is open to any producers or handlers who have paid ROC fees
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  • Support for Farmers: Ontario Soil Network, Network Challenge Mentorship Program

    The Network Challenge Mentorship Program is a one-year challenge focused on peer support and networking. Through a five-part workshop series, participants will receive skills in event hosting, advertising, research participation and more. At the end of the training participants will pitch their best ideas for strengthening their learning network over the coming year.

  • Support for Farmers: Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, Environmental Farm Plan Workshop

    The Canada-Ontario Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) is a voluntary assessment program that offers farmers the opportunity to increase their environmental awareness in up to 23 areas on their farm. It helps farmers identify areas of environmental strength and concern and create unique action plans to meet their goals. EFPs can be created through in-person, two-day
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  • Support for Farmers: Holistic Management, Ecological Outcome Verification

    Holistic Management Canada’s Ecological Outcome Variation (EOV) program provides farmers with a landscape assessment methodology to monitor biodiversity, soil health and ecosystem function. The EOV program can determine whether land is degenerating, sustainable or regenerating. Holistic Management Canada is currently looking for Canadian farmers and ranchers interested in implementing EOV on their farm.

  • Support for Farmers: Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario, Soil Health Bench Mark Program

    EFAO’s Soil Health Benchmark Program, piloted in 2019, gave farmers tools to assess and monitor their soil health and discuss management strategies. EFAO is currently working to continue the program to support additional farmers interested in tracking soil health.

  • Support for Farmers: Ecological Farmer Association of Ontario, Small Grains Program

    EFAO’s Small Grains Program supports farmers interested in diversifying their crop rotation by adding a small grain such as wheat, spelt or oats followed by a legume cover crop or forage crop. It provides farmers with payments of $40/acre up to 100 acres as well as training and support regarding small grains production and marketing.

  • Support for Farmers: Canada Organic Trade Association, Organic Conversion Support Program

    COTA’s Organic Conversion Support Program provides financial support to farmers transitioning to organic farming. It reimburses farmers who obtain their paid organic certification up to $1,000 and is open to anyone who is in their first, second or third year of pre-certification or has already certified and is increasing their organic acreage.

  • Support for Farmers: Canadian Organic Growers, Growing Eastern Ontario Organically

    COG’s Growing Eastern Ontario Organically program Is a three-year initiative that helps farmers transition to organic farming through mentorship, financial incentives and experiential learning. GEO-O supports farmers through one-on-one consulting, networking with experienced organic farmers, on-site experiential learning and online workshops, and support applying for organic certification.

  • Support for Farmers: Alternative Land Use Services, Community Programs

    ALUS community programs help communities across Canada address specific environmental challenges and work toward sustainable solutions through the creation of Partnership Advisory Committees made up of local farmers, community stakeholders and other NGOs. ALUS provides financial and technical support to communities implementing these programs.