Farmer-led Research



EFAO’s farmer-led research program started in 2016 with a Seed Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Modeled after Practical Farmers of Iowa’s  highly successful Cooperators’ Program, our program is about tapping into the inherent creativity and energy of our farmers to support innovations in ecological agriculture! Read more about farmer-led research and our program, or explore information and data in our online Research Library.


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? Attend one of our events or contact Sarah.

Upcoming events

Webinar, April: TBA


Archived Webinars

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

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


In the News!

March 20, 2017: Farmers share crop research on informal networks, Ontario Morning with Wei Chen, CBC Radio.

Link to full podcast here or listen to clip of the EFAO below.

March 7, 2017: New farmer-led research program harvests new knowledge in Ontario, New Hamburg Independent

August 25, 2016: Grant furthers ecological farming researcher, ObserverXtra

May 12, 2016: EFAO Launches New Farm Trial Program, Better Farming

Also search the Research Library for EFAO Newsletter articles and blogs on farmer-led research.



Sarah Hargreaves, Program Manager: