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 curiosity and innovative spirit of farmers to support advances in ecological agriculture!

EFAO’s farmer-led research program is open for applications by any farmer interested in testing the effects of adopting more ecological practices on their farm, be it in the realm of horticulture, field crops, livestock, or perennials.

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 2018 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.

2018 Research Protocols are now online!

2017 Research Reports:

In the News

Research E-news Archives

Events

Upcoming

  • TBA

Archived Webinars

  • 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

  • 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

Contact

Sarah Hargreaves, Director of Research, sarah@efao.ca

Heather Coffey, Eastern Ontario Research Assistant, heather@efao.ca

 

This program is made possible by funding from: