Farmer-led Research

Started in 2016, the goal of the EFAO’s Farmer-led Research Program is to cultivate the curiosity of farmers to help them build resilient ecological farms.

EFAO’s Farmer-led Research program is open to all farmers interested in improving or adopting ecological practices on their farm.

Get Involved!

What are you curious about? 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 2019 funding here! Or contact Sarah anytime to get started working through a question or design.

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

  • March 27, 2019: Webinar: Tips & Tricks for On-Farm Data Collection and Photography. View recorded version here.
  • March 21, 2018: Webinar: What’s in a Number? Statistics for Farmers 101. View recorded version here.
  • 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

  • December 3, 2018: Farmer-led Research Symposium, London
  • November 7-14: Webinar series, Telling your Story to Make a Difference, with John Capecci
  • September 19, 2018:  Farmer-led Research Field Day, Ontario Seed Variety Garden Showcase & Tasting, Hillsburgh
  • September 13, 2018: Farmer-led Research Field Day, No-till Strategies for Spring Cereals, Winter Grains and Squash, St Thomas
  • September 12, 2018: Farmer-led Research Field Day, Low-Till Vegetable Management Systems and Participatory Variety Trials, Creemore
  • September 7, 2018: Farmer-led Research Field Day, Pasture Walk & Ultra High-intensity Grazing, Lucknow
  • August 29, 2018: Farmer-led Research Field Day, Soil Health Management Tools & Participatory Variety Trials, St Agatha
  • August 26, 2018: Farmer-led Research Field Day, Orchard Walk & Natural Mulch in Orchards, Hamilton
  • August 14, 2018: Farmer-led Research Field Day,  Ontario Variety Showcase & Participatory Plant Breeding with Dr Michael Mazourek, Wolfe Island
  • August 8, 2018: Farmer-led Research Field Day, Building Orchard Soils with Biochar & Soil Health Management Tools, Erin
  • January 26, 2018: Fertility Management for Organic Production System: How Farmer-led Research Fits, Guelph Organic Conference, Guelph
  • January 8, 2018: On-farm Solutions for Soil Carbon Storage and How Farmer-led Research Fits, Grey Bruce Ecological Day, Grey County
  • November 28-29, 2017: Farmer-led Research Workshop, Blue Mountains
  • 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
  • November 29-30, 2016: Farmer-led Research Workshop, Ecological Farmers of Ontario’s Annual Conference, Kingston
  • October 13-17, 2016: Food Secure Canada Assembly, Farmer-led Research in Ontario: A grassroots mechanism for positive change in agriculture, Toronto
  • August 17, 2016: Farmer-led Research Field Tour and Ontario Trillium Foundation Recognition Event at Fertile Ground CSA, St. Agatha
  • August 15, 2016: Agroecology Knowledge Exchange Workshop: Building a South-North Partnership, Waterloo
  • June 22, 2016: No-till/Low-till Field Day, Orchard Hill Farm, St. Thomas
  • 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


Sarah Hargreaves, Director of Research,

Heather Coffey, Eastern Ontario Research Coordinator,

Rebecca Ivanoff, Research and Seed Program Research Coordinator,


This program is made possible by funding from: