National Resources

AgPal is a web-based discovery tool to help Canadian farmers and agri-businesses find agriculture-related programs and services administered by the following partners and organizations.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
Complete list of federal government agriculture funding programs.
Click here for the specific list of programs for new and aspiring farmers.

Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC)
The CAHRC was created to address human resource issues facing agricultural businesses across Canada.

Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)
CBAN works to promote food sovereignty and democratic decision-making on science and technology issues in order to protect the integrity of the environment, health, food, and the livelihoods of people in Canada and around the world by facilitating, informing and organizing civil society action, researching, and providing information to government for policy development.

Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA)
The CFA’s National Food Strategy is a vision for food and agriculture in Canada. Its focus is on the long-term and recognizes that short-term, band-aid solutions are not enough for the lasting and evolving challenges we face today.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Responsible for the uphold and maintenance of the Canadian Organic Standard.

Canadian Grants Business Centre
Government Farm Grants and Farm Loans are currently available to Canadian Farmers. Contact the Canadian Grants Business Centre to get the latest program details and apply for funding.

Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA)
The go-to source for information and up-to-date statistics about organics in Canada.

Canadian Organic Growers (COG)
Canadian Organic Growers (COG) is the singular national organization supporting and promoting the benefits of organic agriculture. Donate now and support their great work!

Canadian Young Farmers Forum
CYFF assists young farmers by providing education, leadership training and capacity building while exchanging ideas that lead to progressive strategies to ensure farming success in Canada.

Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training in Ontario (Craft Ontario)*
CRAFT Ontario is an informal, member-driven network of farmers that offer internships on their organic and ecological farms.

Compost Council of Canada
An organization with a charter to advocate and advance composting and compost usage.

Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture
Formerly the Nova Scotia Agriculture College.
-See here for information about their Certification of Specialization in Organic Agriculture

Ecological Farmers of Ontario – Online Resource Library
This library stores research protocols & reports from our Farmer-led Research Program; data from trials; program reports and handouts; articles related to the program; and links to relevant farmer-led and on-farm research projects.

Everdale Organic Farm and Environmental Learning Centre*
Check out Everdale’s Farmers Growing Farmers training courses here.

Farms at Work – Maple Syrup Mentorship Program
The Farms at Work Maple Syrup Production Mentorship Program has been designed to provide novice maple syrup producers with the skills and experience they need to get started in maple production under the mentorship of a well-respected, established maple syrup producer.

Farm Credit Canada
Provides business and financial support for farmers.

Farmgrants-helping farmers harvest funding (CURRENTLY OUTDATED. To be updated in Summer 2017)
ACORN started this great new resource in 2011 to list all available funding opportunities for Canadian farmers/gardeners.

Farmlink provides resources and brings together new farmers who are looking for land or mentorship with farm owners who have land available or expertise to share.

Farm Management Canada (FMC)
FMC works to provide leading edge resources to enable Canadian farmers to make sound management decisions.

FarmStart provides programs and resources with the aim to encourage and support a new generation of entrepreneurial, ecological farmers

FarmZone provides weather and weather-related information for farm zones across Canada. Each Farmzone is unique and has specific information about your farming area.

Food Secure Canada (FSC)
FSC is a Canada-wide alliance of civil society organizations and individuals collaborating to advance dialogue and cooperation for policies and programs that improve food security in Canada and globally.

Going to Seed – Growing Organic Seed in Eastern Canada
A blog all about organic seed production–from growing to selling!

Connecting growers with people with land to share.

Linking Land and Farmers (LLAF)
Linking Land and Farmers (LLAF) offers land access resources to both landowners and land seekers in British Columbia, Canada with the goal of having as much land as possible in agricultural production.


National Farmers Union (NFU)
The NFU is a direct-membership organization made up of Canadian farm families who share common goals to work together and achieve agricultural policies which will ensure dignity and security of income for farm families, while enhancing the land for future generations.

National New Farmer Coalition (Join the Facebook group here)
The National New Farmer Coalition is composed of new farmers as well as new farmer organizations, initiatives, and supporters working at national, provincial and regional levels. The Coalition exists to:

  • Encourage and support a new generation of farmers in Canada; and,
  • Advance Food Sovereignty in Canada.

National New Farmer Initiative
The National New Farmer Initiative (NFI) is a pan-Canadian network of Food Secure Canada bringing together groups and stakeholders working to advance the success and sustainability of small-scale local organic and ecological farmers in Canada. The NFI aims to inspire, equip and mobilize stakeholders to reduce the barriers new local ecological farmers face, such as access to land, capital and training.

Check out the recent NFI Policy Brief here!

OCIA Research and Mentorship Initiative
The OCIA R&E Crop Improvement Committee has created a mentorship program to help the new or current farmer learn more about organic farming practices. This complimentary initiative will pair up any individual who is interested in learning greater knowledge, and possibly hands-on experience, with an OCIA certified organic farmer in their area, where available. OCIA is a not-for-profit organic certification agency that has offered a wide variety of accreditations to producers and processers located in the United States, Canada and Latin America, for the past 25 years. For more information and to view application forms, please contact Angie Tunink at <>.*

Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC)
The OACC is dedicated to enhancing the environmental and social integrity of agriculture, through scientific analyses of methods to improve the sustainability of organic farming.

Organic Federation of Canada (OFC)
The OFC works to support the remarkable growth of the Canadian organic sector, in the spirit of a regulatory consensus.
Canada’s National Organic Inputs Directory

Organic Week
Participate in this annual national celebration of Canadian organic products!

The Ruminant
This fantastic blog ponders what “perfect” farming looks like, and offers farmers a chance to spread some good ideas around.

Think Canada Organic
Think Before You Eat – Think Canada Organic. A resource for comprehensive information about organics in Canada.

Seeds of Diversity Canada
Seeds of Diversity is a Canadian volunteer organization that conserves the biodiversity and traditional knowledge of food crops and garden plants.

Slow Food Canada
A non-profit member-supported association founded in 1989 in response to the rise of fast food and the disappearance of local food traditions.

Small Farms Canada
The national publication promotes small-scale farming as a legitimate and viable endeavour.

SOIL Apprenticeship Program*
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.

USC Canada
USC works to promote vibrant family farms, strong rural communities, and healthy ecosystems around the world.

Young Agrarians*
A B.C.-based organization, paired with Farm Folk City Folk to support the movement of new farmers and foodies in Canada!

*Offers hands-on training opportunities.

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