Farmer-led Research

The Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario’s Farmer-led Research Program started in 2016. Modeled after Practical Farmers of Iowa’s  highly successful Cooperators’ Program, the program is about tapping into the inherent creativity and innovative spirit of our farmers to support advances in ecological agriculture!

Get involved!

Have an idea for a trial? Need help designing an experiment? Want to know more about how to conduct research on your farm? Learn more about how to access the support and training for research on your farm.

Apply for 2018 funding here!

New Online

Explore all things research- related, like protocols and research reports, in the Research Library.

In the News

Research E-news Archives



Archived Webinars

  • November 15, 2017: Webinar: Becoming a Farmer-Researcher: View recorded version here.
  • March 15, 2017: Webinar: Introduction to farmer-led research: Turning questions into practical trials. View recorded version here.
  • March 30, 2016: Webinar: On-Farm Research Design & Analysis. View a recorded version here. (Poor quality recording).

Other Past Events

  • August 16, 2017: Farmer-led Research Field Day, On-Farm Plant Breeding: Developing New Varieties in your Market Garden, Whole Circle Farm, Acton
  • July 16, 2017: Farmer-led Research Field Day, Ecological Cut Flower Production and Experiments, Sweet Gale Gardens, Millgrove
  • June 26, 2017: Farmer-led Research Field Day, Green Mulch Experiments in Garlic, Fiddlehead Farm, Prince Edward County
  • June 15, 2017: Farmer-led Research Field Day, Green Mulch Experiments in Garlic, Orchard Hill Farm, St. Thomas
  • March 23, 2017: Ontario Soil Network Leadership Training Workshop, London, ON
  • November 29-30, 2016: Farmer-led Research Workshop, Ecological Farmers of Ontario’s Annual Conference, Kingston, ON
  • October 13-17, 2016: Food Secure Canada Assembly, Farmer-led Research in Ontario: A grassroots mechanism for positive change in agriculture, Toronto, ON
  • August 17, 2016: Farmer-led Research Field Tour and Ontario Trillium Foundation Recognition Event at Fertile Ground CSA, St. Agatha, ON
  • August 15, 2016: Agroecology Knowledge Exchange Workshop: Building a South-North Partnership, Waterloo, ON
  • June 22, 2016: No-till/Low-till Field Day, Orchard Hill Farm, St. Thomas, ON
  • February 15, 2016: Advisory Panel meeting, Guelph, ON. View meeting outcomes here.
  • January 31, 2016: Farmer-led Research Program Information Session, Guelph Organic Conference, Guelph, ON


Sarah Hargreaves, Program Manager:

Heather Coffey, Eastern Ontario Research Assistant:


This program is made possible by funding from: