The Business of Farming
Advice and assistance in running your Canadian organic business
Farming Announcements Our page of lnks to general online resources.
Canadian Farm Business Advisory Services. access to a range of services
Industry Canada A wealth of general business information
Small Business Sourcing Guides for organic farmers: regulations, funding, stats. [PDF 66k]
Young and Beginning Farmers: Business information site on farming. (AAC)
BC Agricultural Land Commission and The Agriculture Land Reserve
Alternative Enterprises and Agritourism: Farming for Profit and Sustainability Resource Manual [USDA]
Rural Development Strategies in Canada: "the search for solutions." [PDF, 250k]
The Business Of Organic Farming: Vermont Public Radio - audio.
Information for Land Seekers in BC (LLAF)
Information for Land Owners in BC (LLAF)
Employees & Training
Courses in Organic Agriculture (OACC)
Student employment opportunities in organic agriculture (OACC)
Organic Farming Apprenticeship Program Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
Farm Workers: BC Government Employments Standards fact sheet.
BC Government: Ministry of Labour Information for Agriculture Workers and Employers.
Worksafe BC: BC Workmen's Compensation Board
S.O.I.L.: Organic Farm Apprenticeship Program
International WWOOF Association: referral system for volunteers on organic farms.
Help Exchange: Free online listing of host organic farms for volunteer workers / farm stay.
Western Agriculture Labour Initiative: Labour solutions for your BC farm
Good Work Canada Green job site for job seekers and employees
* Acts, Codes & Regulations: for British Columbia and Canada.
A Guide to Farmland Access Agreements Leases, Profits à Prendre, Licences and Memoranda of Understanding.
Environmental claims: A guide for
industry and advertisers
About Agreements & Contracts in BC (LLAF)
Finance & Insurance
Federal and Regional Farm Grants - a wiki-site dedicated to making Canadian farm-related grants accessible to farmers
Farm Credit Canada
Canadian Agricultural Loans Act Program
Greencover Canada - Financial assistance with improving your grassland management, protecting water quality, reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, and enhancing biodiversity and wildlife habitat.
Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization program - disaster and major crop loss relief
Canadian farm insurance policies - The Co-operators
Taxation & Estate Planning
Tax Planning for Canadian Farmers (BDO Dunwoody)
Estate Planning Checklist for Farm Families (BCMAL)
Farm Succession Planning Steps And Checklist (Ont. MAFRA)
Working Together - transferring the farm (CFBMC)
Farm Start. To encourage and support a new generation of entrepreneurial, ecological farmers.
Farm Centre - New Farmer: Information to get started.
Business Start-Up. For British Columbia.
Landshare. Connecting growers to people with land to share.
Draft Canadian Position on US Bioterrorism Act regulations: [PDF 62k]
FDA'S Food Terrorism Regulation: Registration of Food Facilities Protecting the Food Supply
Tools and assistance
Free, Interactive business planner
Interactive Business Planner Prepare a 3-year business plan.
Planning and Assessment for Value-Added Enterprises (PAVE) Program: Assistance
Organic Crop Tracking System: Techniques of record-keeping
Farm Management Tools: Including spreadsheets, calculators and software
Benchmark for Success CD - Assess the financial performance of your farm
Budgeting Certified Organic Versus Non-Organic Budgets.
Farm Advisory Services. Canadian Farm Business Management Council
Farm Energy to facilitate successful energy business decisions (CFBMC)
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A farm includes the passion of the farmer's heart, the interest of the farm's customers, the biological activity in the soil, the pleasantness of the air about the farm — it's everything touching, emanating from, and supplying that piece of landscape. A farm is virtually a living organism.” — Joel Salatin
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