A webinar series from 3-24 February 2022

Canada: How to start and set up your own farm

The municipality of York has partnered with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (Canada) to launch a free webinar series on vertical farming. It is named "Vertical Farming 101" and will consist of four parts. 

The webinar is intended for people who are looking to start a vertical farm, but who don't know where to start. The series will inform growers on the start and setting up of a farm, on techniques and business planning. Several vertical farming companies in the region will be included too. 

“COVID-19 has created challenges in food security. We heard directly from many stakeholders that they want to learn more about the evolving field of vertical farming, and how they can start their own business,” says Meena Hassanali, Agriculture and Agri-Food Business Specialist for York Region.

Click here to register for the event(s). 

Webinar 1: Introduction to Vertical Farming
The webinar will be led by OMAFRA
Date: February 3, 2022

This webinar will introduce all things Vertical Farming, including technologies available, research, and what can be grown. Participants will have a detailed overview of to set up a farm, including a presentation from the vertical farming business, Mighty Harvest Produce.

Webinar 2: Applied Principles of Vertical Farming
The webinar will be led by Seneca College and York Region 
Date: February 10, 2022

This webinar will focus on real-world applications of vertical farming principles through a case study presented by Boreal Greens. Participants will examine different cultivation techniques including aquaponics and hydroponics, and develop an understanding of the requirements to start and grow an indoor farming business to a commercial scale.

Webinar 3: Navigating Approvals Process and Permits for Vertical Farming
The webinar will be led by OMAFRA 
Date: February 17, 2022

This webinar will provide a high-level overview of the permit and approvals process for setting up a vertical farm from land use, building code and wastewater perspective. A recent start-up business will also share their experience of obtaining permits and approvals.

Webinar 4: Community & Academia Partners for Vertical Farming  The webinar will be led by Durham College and Durham Region
Date: February 24, 2022

This webinar will focus on examples from colleges that support vertical farming, with examples of local partnerships that students have developed.

For more information:
Regional Municipality of York 

For more information:
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)


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