Ignatius Farm New Farmer Training Program

The critical knowledge, training, and experience you need to start your farm, and an opportunity to meet other new and experienced farmers and become a part of the ecological agricultural community in Ontario.

Educational content is geared toward new farmers, but is open to all farmers who might be curious about a certain topic, wishing to expand their farming knowledge, or in need of a refresh.

Participants begin with foundational knowledge, then learn about specialized aspects of farming, and end with a focus on establishing farm businesses.  You are welcome to join for a single webinar or sign up for a whole term.

The Ignatius Farm New Farmer Training Program is a collaboration between the Ignatius Jesuit Centre, EFAO, Everdale and the National Farmers Union Ontario.

New farmers

Program Details


Term 1: April 11th – 20th, 9:30am – 11:00am
  • Eight online webinars.
  • Provides foundational knowledge and language for basic farm work.
  • Sample workshops: The Language of Ecological Agriculture in Ontario, Intro to Organic Growing, Soils, Botany, Pest and disease management, Intro to Indoor Growing, Farm workers rights and responsibilities.
  • Online meet-ups for full term participants.
Term 2: May to July, Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
  • 16 Webinars/virtual field days, three optional in-person field trips
  • Teaches the application of farm language and knowledge.
  • Workshops may include: Irrigation, Field & Bed preparation, Weed management, Harvest & post-harvest handling, Cover crops & green manures, Indoor fruiting crops, Ergonomics/farmer health, Equipment maintenance.
  • Online meet-ups for full term participants.

August break


Term 3: September to October, Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
  • 10 Webinars/Virtual field days, two optional in-person field trips
  • Expands beyond basics to build skills for a specialized farm.
  • Sample workshops/ virtual field days: Apiculture, Permaculture, Livestock (various), a deeper dive into some terms 1 and 2 topics.
  • Online meet-ups for full term participants.
Term 4: November 1st, 3rd, 6th, 8th, 13th and 15th, 9:30am – 11:00am & 2:30pm – 4:00pm
  • 12 Webinars
  • Provides entrepreneurship training for operating a farm business.
  • Sample workshops: Farm Design, Business planning, Production system management, Budgets & Record keeping, Marketing and distribution, Financing, and Land access.
  • Online meet-ups for full term participants.

Full program (all 4 Terms) participants receive a Certificate for completing the Ignatius New Farmer Training Program.

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