Building a strong and active ecological farming community is central to the work of EFAO. Our most important resources are the passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable farmers from across the province committed to sharing time and experience in support of ecological farming.


EFAO committees initiate and plan activities in their local communities allowing farmers to meet, share and provide vital support for one another. Active committees also help to shape policies, guide programming, and inform members about issues important to ecological farmers in Ontario.

How to get involved:

All EFAO members are welcome to join any of our active committees. Regional committees generally take in new members yearly during the fall Annual General Meeting (though this is flexible), while topical committees accept more casual input and membership throughout the year.

Please feel free to contact the EFAO office or Committee Chairs directly if you are interested in becoming more involved.

“Before joining EFAO, I felt a bit out of the mainstream. But meeting other farmers, learning from them, getting involved— I feel a real sense of community.”

– Dave Smith, Ashton Glen Farm, Ashton ON


Regional Committees

West Region Committee
Chair: Ann Slater,

Northeast Region Committee
Chair: Eric Blondin,

East Region Committee
Chair: Heather Coffey,



Topical Committees

Membership Committee
Co-chair: Angie Koch,
Co-chair: Jennifer Seilern, 

Refugee Support Committee
Chair: Bob Garthson,

GE Issues Committee
Chair: Ann Slater,

Energy Committee
Chair: Tony McQuail,

Fundraising Committee
Chair: Karen Maitland,

New and Young Farmers Committee
Contact: Dan Naccarato,

Advisory Committees

Conference Program Advisory Committee



Committee Work:

Committee involvement allows farmers to gather and discuss current and relevant issues to ecological farming. We often bring their findings and discussions to all EFAO members in efforts to create a more informed and active ecological farming community. The following articles are a result of their hard work:

National Energy Board’s Hearings regarding Enbridge’s Line 9B proposal
Written by Rick Munroe, Intervenor on behalf of NFU-O and EFAO, Submitted Nov. 10, 2013

Energy and Farming
Produced by EFAO Energy Committee, with thanks & acknowledgement to the Soil Association.

Peak Oil
Written by Rick Munroe – Peak Oil Adviser National Farmers Union, Member EFAO Energy Committee

Soil and Carbon
Compiled by Nick Greenacre & Anne Ehrlich, members of the EFAO Energy Committee

Transformation Strategy for Agriculture
Written by Ken Laing