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 YoungStrategic Lead // firstname.lastname@example.org
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, primarily focused on regenerative and resilient agriculture. And she is interested to bring more seed capital, slow money and impact investment to local, sustainable food systems. She also co-owns Artisanale, a restaurant in Guelph, ON that serves simple and delicious french country food, and spends the rest of her time trying to keep up with her busy boys.
Keeley NixonProgram Lead // email@example.com
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.