FarmLINK.net started as Farmlinkontario.net in 2008, a pilot project of FarmStart in partnership with the Ontario Farmland Trust and the Kawartha Land Trust. In 2013, on a shoestring budget, FarmStart transitioned the site to FarmLINK.net with the intention that it would become a national platform. In 2015, Keeley Nixon, from Linking Land and Farmers (LLAF), a BC non-profit society committed to land access,  joined the team.  Partial funding from Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, and the ECHO Foundation, has allowed us to redevelop FarmLINK.net into an effective, easy to use, and dynamic on-line platform, able to connect farm-seekers, farmers and landowners with opportunities and resources nation wide.

Christie Young
Strategic Lead // christie@farmstart.ca

Christie is the Founder and Executive Director of FarmStart: an innovative and groundbreaking organization, supporting a new generation of farmers. FarmStart was a Tides Canada's Top 10 and a recipient of Ontario's Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. Christie is an Ashoka Fellow, focused on farm renewal and healthy food systems. And she is aiming to bring more impact investment to regenerative and resilient agriculture. On the side, Christie also co-owns, a restaurant in Guelph Ontario, and spends the rest of her time trying to keep up with her busy kids.

Keeley Nixon
Program Lead // keeley@farmlink.net

Keeley Nixon has been involved in the agriculture sector since moving to coastal BC from the Northern Interior in 2001. As a farmer and food security organizer she's spent over a decade with her hands in the soil and heart in the community working with countless farm and food organizations in BC and across Canada. Doing behind the scenes work to strengthen the sustainable agriculture sector is what fuels her fire and she runs her own one-woman studio Keeley Nixon Creative & Consulting to do just that. She brings her experience with numerous non-profits, passion for food and flowers, good design, community engagement and general joie de vivre to all that she does.