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the farm planner

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The Farm Planner

For the past few years Everdale has partnered with the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario to run the Farm Planner course online. Info from our last in-person course in 2019 can be found on this page.

$625 for Seven full-day sessions.  That’s less than $90/session.

Each full-day session will:

  • Take you one step closer to having a complete plan.

  • Feature farm speakers and other experts sharing their experiences as well as providing you with advice and guidance.

  • Have sections of formal instruction, group discussion, time to work on your plan, and networking opportunities.

  • Help you build networks of both experienced farmers and peers.

  • Opportunities to have your plan reviewed and commented on by expert farmers.

2019/2020 Course Schedule.  All sessions run from 9:30 am until approx. 4 pm.  The course will be held in downtown Guelph.



Nov. 16, 2019

Farm Foundations

Nov. 30, 2019

Planning for Production

Dec. 14, 2019

Marketing and Distribution

Jan. 4, 2020

Financial Basics

Jan. 18, 2020

Meeting Requirements

Feb. 1, 2020

Data Management/Advanced Finances

Feb. 15, 2020

Regulations, Risk Management and Record Keeping

You can make your farm dream a reality.  As a Community Teaching Farm, we specialize in training new farmers and helping established farmers to improve their farm plans. See the map below for the farm locations of some of our past graduates.

Sustainable Farming Certificate

If you are interested in the SFC program, please contact David ( to discuss your options. Information from a previous year's course is shown below to give you an idea of what the program looks like.

The Sustainable Farming Certificate (SFC) is an intensive, curriculum based program designed to help participants looking to acquire comprehensive food growing skills and explore the world of sustainable local farming.

SFC students live and learn at Everdale’s organic farm in Hillsburgh, Ontario.

For those students wishing to experience a full season on the farm, the program runs for a total of 32 weeks (early April to late November).  Shorter options are available to fit your schedule, please contact the Farmer Training Coordinator to discuss your options.  If interested, please read the ‘full details’ package in the link below before filling out the application form.

If you are not a resident of Canada but are interested in the program please read our International Applicant Information Package.

Everdale is part of the CRAFT (collaborative regional alliance for farmer training) network in South West Ontario.  For more information on the network, click here.

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