Publications

The Market Gardener

A successful grower's handbook for small-scale organic farming. Based on low-tech, high-yield methods of production, The Market Gardener is packed with practical information on:

  • Setting-up a micro-farm by designing biologically intensive cropping systems, all with negligible capital outlay
  • Farming without a tractor and minimizing fossil-fuel inputs through the use of the best hand tools, appropriate machinery and minimum milage practices
  • Growing mixed vegetable systematically with attention to weed and pest management, cop yields, harvest periods and pricing approaches.

The Market Gardener is a complete, modern, micro-scale farming handbook which shows that making a living wage growing food without large capital outlay or access to an acreage may be closer than you think.

Accessing Land for Farming in Ontario

This guidebook is for farm seekers and farmland owners and has been developed to assist farmers, especially new farmers, who are looking to “rent” or buy land for
farming, and also farmland owners looking for someone to use their land for farming.
June 2011

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Learning to Become a Farmer: Findings from a FarmON Alliance Survey of New Farmers in Ontario

This report presents the findings of a survey designed to identify needs for agricultural training and educational resources in Ontario. Over 430 individuals completed the
online survey from 2009 to 2011.
June 2012

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Supporting Success: Coaching, Mentorship and Advising for New Farmers in Ontario

This report presents an overview of the major types of one-on-one assistance currently available in Ontario showing how farmers are passing on business ‘know-how’, technical production knowledge and moral support to a new generation.
Research by Harris Ivens
Edited by Shauna Bloom and Christie Young
October 2012

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New Farmers and Alternative Markets Within the Supply-Managed System

This report explores aspects of the supply management system and options to address and accommodate the needs of non-conventional farmers within the supply-management system.
June 2010

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Growing International: Exploring the Potential of Growing Ethno-cultural Food Markets in the GTA

The cultural diversity in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) offers exciting opportunities for creating local food networks within ethno-cultural communities. This particular study was undertaken to identify marketing channels, purchasing behaviours, and product demand within culturally diverse communities. It was an exploratory study conducted among retailers, restaurants, and processors, designed to assess the potential for local production of ethno-cultural food products that can serve three of the largest ethno-cultural markets in the GTA: Chinese, South Asian and Afro-Caribbean.
April 2010

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Growing International: Exploring the Demand for Culturally Appropriate Foods

This report presents findings from interviews with 250 South Asians, 250 Chinese and 250 African Caribbean people to determine the potential demand for locally grown ethno-cultural foods in the GTA, identify the top ethnocultural vegetables in demand, the amount currently spent on vegetables, and purchasing preferences of each community.
2008

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