Farming and Farmland Network

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Agricultural organizations and other allies coming together to share ideas and knowledge, re-imagine the future, advocate for policy change and other sustainable solutions that support Ontario’s farmland, farmers, and food production.

A relatively new network of Sustain Ontario consisting of farmland preservation advocacy groups, farming and agriculture organizations coming together to share ideas and knowledge and to craft responses to emerging policy issues. Most recently this network has been involved in crafting a response to the Coordinated Land Use Plan Review process document, Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015-2041, Recommendations of the Advisory Panel on the Coordinated Review of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan.

The Farming and Farmland Network cooperated with student researchers Christopher Kelly-Bisson and Sara Epp throughout 2017 to create policy position papers, in order to identify gaps, set direction and strength the Ontario food system. You can view the papers and one page summaries below:

Full paper: Research: Farmland Preservation (2017)

One page summary from the Bring Food Home 2017 conference: Farmland Preservation

Full paper:  New and Young Farmers Network Research (2017)

One page summary from the Bring Food Home 2017 conference: New and Young Farmers


Farms at Work has developed a free, searchable online tool that will connect owners of farmland with farmers seeking land to rent and other opportunities. Check it out!