Best Management Practices
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  • Enhancing Farmland Habitat
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  • Organic Farming
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Supporting Local Farmers
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    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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  • Environmental Farm Plan
  • Enhancing Farmland Habitat
  • Farmland Management Overview
  • Organic Farming
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Supporting Local Farmers
  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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  • Environmental Farm Plan
  • Enhancing Farmland Habitat
  • Farmland Management Overview
  • Organic Farming
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Supporting Local Farmers
  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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  • Environmental Farm Plan
  • Enhancing Farmland Habitat
  • Farmland Management Overview
  • Organic Farming
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Supporting Local Farmers
  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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    Organic Farming

    The increasing demand for organic produce is causing a boom in organic farming in Ontario. According to the 2006 agricultural census, organic farming in Ontario increased by 96% in the decade between 1997 and 2007 with a farm acreage growth of 150% over that period.

    Details about the certification process are available on the OMAFRA website. To be certified as "organic" a producer must comply with the following restrictions for three years prior to the harvest of the first certified organic crop:

    • No synthetic chemicals including pesticides, fertilizers, hormones, and antibiotics
    • No genetically-modified organisms (GMO’s)
    • No irradiation
    • No sewage sludge
    • No synthetic processing substances, aids and ingredients, and food additives including sulphates, nitrates and nitrites

    There are a number of associations that provide support and resources to organic farmers. Aspiring organic producers will find it most helpful to be a part of this network and to consult with other organic farmers in your local community.

    Organic Production Systems: General Principles and Management Standards outlines the requirements approved by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) in 2006 and amended in October 2008 and December 2009.

    Organic Production Systems: Permitted Substances List outlines the permissable substances approved by the CGSB which can be applied to crops and soil and to control pests and diseases.

    Introduction to Organic Farming is a fact sheet published by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs that describes all aspects of the organic farming process.

    ON Organic is a newsletter published by OMAFRA. Archived issues covering numerous topics are provided as well as well as an opportunity to subscribe to email notification of new issues posted.

    Organic Livestock information is available on OMAFRA's website and includes numerous topics about organic beef, dairy, goats, poultry, sheep and pigs.

    The Everdale Organic Farm and Environmental Learning Centre, is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to teaching sustainable farming practices. Everdale offers numerous workshops and programs, including an Organic Farming Certificate Program. Their Farm Business Planning Course will help you start up a new farm or re-strategize your plan and join a network of like-minded producers.

    C.R.A.F.T. Ontario: The Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training in Ontario is a network of farmers that offer internships on their organic and ecological farms. They have a website where you'll find everything you need to apply for a full-season farming internship that could launch your organic farming career.

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    Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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