Get involved with the Environmental Farm Plan
There are 3 steps within the Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) process. You may proceed as far as you wish.
EFP Workshops are available across the province. You can view available workshops in your area by visiting www.ontarioprograms.net. You’ll be provided with instructions and help on how to progress through the risk assessment and action plan development contained in the Fourth Edition EFP Workbook.
Workshop registration is now completed through the GF2 Client Portal at www.ontarioprograms.net. You may access the site as a New Client and register for a workshop. You do not have to apply for cost-share, but if you have already enrolled for cost-share on the portal, you can use your current login to access registration for workshops. If you have questions about workshop registration, please contact the workshop leader in your area.
Submit your plan for a confidential review by your Workshop Leader. He/she may be able to offer suggestions to help you achieve your environmental goals.
Begin implementing your action plan. Be sure to see the cost-share page for programs that can help provide funds to implement your action plan.
Sign up for an EFP workshop today!
The EFP Workbook
The goal of the Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) is to help you see your farm in a new way. It asks you to think about your land, the buildings on your farm, the products you use, all from a new point of view. It asks you to rate how each of these things could affect the environment – the air, soil, wildlife, and water sources – around your farm.
The EFP Workbook has two parts – the Farm Review and the Action Plan.
In the Farm Review section, you will assess the soils on your farm and rate their ability to offset or increase potential risks to the environment. The Farm Review includes 23 Worksheets to help you rate different situations on your farm. From these ratings, you will develop an Action Plan.
As you work on your Action Plan, you will have to decide whether potential problems result from natural risks on your farm (e.g. soil type or depth to water table) or from the way you manage some part of your farm operations. You will have to think about what you need to do to solve these problems or control them, either right away or over the next few years.