Best Management Practices
  • 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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  • 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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    Sustainable Agriculture

    Free Range ChickensMost Canadians do their food shopping at grocery stores owned by national or regional chains supplied by large warehouses which operate on a national procurement system. Small farmers are finding they simply can't keep up with this type of supply chain management. They must also compete with producers from the U.S. and Mexico who can undercut Canadian prices. The current system artificially lowers the price of food and favours large intensive farms dependent on economies of scale while small farms are showing a steady decline in numbers. This situation has spawned a grass-roots movement to find a remedy for the problems.

    Sustainable agricultural is more like a philosophy than a set of practices and takes a holistic approach to farming that includes economic profitability, social enhancement and ecological improvement. It makes you think about how your individual farm has an impact on the community and the surrounding environment. The goal is to try to create a farm landscape that imitates healthy ecosystems as closely as possible and keeps the land productive for generations.

    Follow the links below to learn more about this growing movement in the agricultural community.

    Many regions in Ontario have programs to promote and assist local agriculture. Examples include Just Food in the Ottawa area and the FarmOn Alliance.

    Foodland Ontario, founded in 1977, is a consumer promotion program for the government of Ontario. Ontario currently falls under the administration of the Ministry of Agriculture Foodland, Food, and Rural Affairs in Ontario.

    Sustain Ontario is a cross-sectorial alliance that promotes healthy food and locally sustainable agriculture. This website is compiling a list of resources, initiatives and organizations focused on sustainable agriculture.

    National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service is an American website with more than 300 easy-to-read titles covering everything from organic production, livestock, horticultural crops, business and marketing, farm energy, water and pest management and more. Keep in mind that Ontario regulations will differ in some cases, so cross check any legislated requirements on the OMAFRA website.

    The Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario provides programs and resources about ecological agriculture. Their website discusses some of the hot issues facing the farming community and provides news about upcoming courses and events and other topics of interest.

    Food Connects Us All is a very informative report published by the Metcalf Foundation about the sustainable food movement in southern Ontario. It discusses some of the barriers to a local sustainable food system and possible directions for collective work.

    Creating an Environmental Farm Plan is an excellent step to take to identify and implement sustainable farming practices. A report prepared by the George Morris Centre identifies the Potential Role of the Environmental Farm Plan in Responding to Sustainability Demands of the Agri-food Supply Chain in Ontario.

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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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