Welcome to the FarmStart Tool Shed.  We're bringing together the resources new and aspiring farmers will find most relevant whether you are exploring farming for the first time or have already begun farming and are getting established.  We’ve asked our network of experienced and successful ecological farmers about what resources new farmers shouldn’t live without, then organized these resources so you can find the products that make sense for you regardless of where you are on your path to farming or where you've chosen to focus.  You can find out more about FarmStart, or help support us.  Have we missed something? Feel free to suggest a product for us to offer.

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“The Perfect Mix of Wild and Domestic”

February 23, 2016

Farming in Northern Ontario by Ryan Spence and Isabelle Legault "If anyone is interested in exploring opportunities to farm in Northern Ontario you can check out Crop Up North and their snazzy video, or FarmNorth for all there is to know about setting a farm up in the North." - Ryan Field Good Farms is less than one kilometre from the northern edge of Lake Nipissing and almost centered between North Bay and Sudbury. For those who are unfamiliar with this area, we are about 4.5 hours due north of Toronto. To our friends in Thunder Bay, we do admit that we are less “north” than you are, but we digress. Despite certain challenges we love farming up here. This... Continue Reading →

Planning For The Future

January 07, 2016

Part V of Financial Management on Black Sheep Farm By Brenda Hsueh  The last of Brenda's posts about managing finances on Black Sheep Farm, in Grey County, this one covers decision making for big capital expenses. Thank you Brenda for sharing all this useful info with us this winter! We have been referring to Brenda's blog posts in our Farm Viability Course, held in Guelph - you can still join us for Sessions 2 and 3 in Jan and Feb 2016.  Throughout the year, there’s probably a running list of things you want to improve at the farm. At the end of the season, after your numbers are analyzed for the year, you should get that list onto paper/computer screen... Continue Reading →