Welcome to THINKFARM, Nova Scotia’s program for new and transitioning farmers. According to Statistics Canada, we're the only province in Canada to have shown an increase in the number of farmers between 2006 and 2011! If you’re dreaming of farming, making plans, in the start-up phase, or a long-time farmer looking at doing something new, find out how THINKFARM can help.
For more information about starting a farm in Nova Scotia, contact your nearest
For more information about the THINKFARM program, or to speak to Becky Sooksom, THINKFARM Resource Coordinator, call (902) 893-5649 or email email@example.com
THINKFARM supports initiatives that attract new entrepreneurs to agriculture and food related ventures, nurtures their entrepreneurial capacity, and accelerates their competitive position in the marketplace. THINKFARM also assists existing farmers in the transition to a new farm or agri-business enterprise. THINKFARM facilitates access to information, programs, services and regulations that apply to farm businesses, puts farmers in touch with experts within and outside the Department of Agriculture, and conducts and supports outreach and training activities to improve the knowledge and skills of beginning and transitioning farmers.
The THINKFARM Program has a full-time program coordinator based in Truro, who is guided by an internal committee. The THINKFARM Program is delivered primarily by staff based in the Department’s five regional offices.
THINKFARM is funded under Growing Forward 2 (GF2). GF2 is an investment by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments into agricultural programs and services over the next five years. GF2 programs focus on innovation, competitiveness and market development to ensure Canadian producers and processors have the tools and resources they need to continue to innovate and capitalize on emerging market opportunities.
We invite you to take a few minutes and watch the videos. We hope they inspire you to think seriously about a career in farming.