Sharing On-Farm Success

Turning ideas into action

Through cost-share funding opportunities with Growing Forward 2 (GF2), farmers are tackling projects to help grow their profits, expand their markets and manage risks.

Growing Forward 2 is a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative, which encourages innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sector. Growing Forward 2 cost-share funding is administered to producers by the Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association

Protecting bees and his business is a top priority for beekeeper Hugh Simpson who produces his Osprey Bluffs Honey near Collingwood, Ontario. See how Hugh tapped into Growing Forward 2 funding to build a refrigerated storage room that keeps his equipment safe from the wax moth.

Innovation is the driving force behind the success of Truly Green Farms. See how Hilco Tamminga and Greg Devries tapped into Growing Forward 2 funding to stop potential disease and foreign pathogens at its front door.

Michael Sloboda started his sheep operation near Oxford Mills five years ago. Today his 90-acre farm includes more than 50 ewes. See how GF2 funding improved Sloboda’s ability to handle his animals and manage his flock’s health.

Vicki Emlaw and Tim Noxon operate Vicki’s Veggies near Milford, Ontario, a certified organic farm that produces 35 different crops.  See how Emlaw and Noxon used GF2 funding to create an innovative new app to address production efficiencies on their farm.

Fruit production in Ontario can be risky business. Weather challenges are a common concern throughout the province. For Mitch Deschatelets, who farms in Northern Ontario, the risks are even greater. See how Mitch accessed GF2 funding to reduce the address weather risks.

John Mooney and his family milk 70 cows at their dairy farm near Massey, Ontario.  For Mooney, future growth in dairy production will require a continued focus on animal welfare and improving cow comfort. See how GF2 cost-share funding helped him to accomplish this.

Chad and his wife, Debbie, run Mooregrove Farms – a 130 beef cow-calf operation near Mooretown, Ontario. The Andersons have expanded their cow numbers in recent years. See how with help from Growing Forward 2, they’ve turned the challenge of growth into an opportunity to improve both biosecurity and animal welfare on their farm.

The Sjaardas operate Great Lakes Goat Dairy near Wyoming, Ontario. They milk 550 goats. And with additional milk from local farmers, they’ve built a successful goat cheese business that takes their products right to the consumer’s front door. Sjaarda says making great cheese is essential for their success. But they also need to get their product to market. See how the Sjaarda’s tapped into Growing Forward 2 to build an online ordering system.

Distributing eggs from more than 31,000 laying hens to 250 customers through Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec requires a lot of tracking. See how GF2 funding helped make tracking significantly easier for Marcel Laviolette, who operates Ferme Avicole Laviolette near St. Isidore, Ontario.

The Terpstras, along with their three boys, run a 370 sow, farrow-to-finish operation near Brussels, Ontario. See how with help from Growing Froward 2 they’re investing in biosecurity measures to protect the health of their animals.


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