East Central Farm Stewardship Collaborative (ECFSC)

Farmers and Farmland owners!

Are you thinking of making an environmental improvement on your farm? Is your farm located in East Central Ontario?

If so, the East Central Farm Stewardship Collaborative can help you to obtain the maximum support available. In many cases, projects are eligible for funding from more than one member of the Collaborative, and technical assistance (including volunteers if appropriate) may also be available.

The Collaborative is made up of 12 member organizations. Contact information can for all organizations can be accessed here.

Contact one of the partners directly, or use this link to Apply Now to access all the technical support and funding that may be available to you. Your application will be forwarded to a member who will contact you.

Examples of the types of projects most frequently supported can be seen here on our website. You can also view an interactive map of selected projects completed through the East Central Farm Stewardship Fund. However, Collaborative members may fund additional types of projects, and you will find this out by contacting them.

We encourage all farms to complete a free Environmental Farm Plan. The EFP will help you to assess environmental risks on your farm and suggest ways to reduce these risks. It is an excellent gateway to the funding programs and technical support offered by the members of the Collaborative. 

On March 23, 2022, the ECFSC hosted the Demystifying Soil Health Supports for Farmers webinar, a comprehensive overview of the resources and tools available to farmers to sustainably manage their most important resource - their soil. This project leveraged the knowledge and expertise of the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, the Ontario Soil Network, Regeneration Canada, the Savory Institute, OMAFRA, local Conservation Authorities. You can find the contact information for the presenters on our Resources and Contact Us pages.

Here is a link to a recording of the webinar in case you missed it live: Demystifying Soil Health Supports for Farmers

In 2018 the East Central Farm Stewardship Collaborative was the recipient of a 3 year EcoAction Community Action Fund grant. In those three years the ECFSC provided financial and technical assistance to 27 farmland owners for on-farm clean water projects.

East Central Farm Stewardship Fund

  In 2011, the ECFSC was awarded the Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence: 

Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence