Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2014 Regional Award Winner


Farm Start

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Photo of MPP Liz Sandals and David Cohlemeyer

MPP Liz Sandals and David Cohlemeyer

There are many urbanites and new Canadians excited to work Ontario's soil. To foster this new generation of farmers, FarmStart was born. The Guelph-based organization runs dozens of workshops, tours and courses each year. It also gives would-be farmers tools and access to affordable land. To date, FarmStart's two "incubator" farms - one in Brampton, the other in Hamilton - have served as a launching pad for 56 new farmers from 20 different countries of origin. Many go on to establish thriving farm businesses that create jobs, contribute to local economic development and breathe new life into Ontario's rural communities.

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