the farm planner


Everdale has partnered with the Ecological Farmer's Association of Ontario to run an online Farm Planner course starting Jan. 12th 2021.  Please see their website for more information.  Information from the 2019 program will remain below to give you an idea of what our in person course looked like.

$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.  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.


Due to the current situation the curriculum component of the SFC program has moved online and is available for any one to register and participate.  Please visit the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario's website for all the details and to register.  

We hope to be able to run a 2021 SFC program. If interested, please email 

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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