“The Farm Loan Board was
interested in helping the farmer.”
- Derek MacNeil, Barraville Holsteins

“They get to know you and your business;
see it first hand and understand your challenges.”
- Ian Tuttle/Ruth Tuttle, Cumberland County, NS

“The Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board
has given me the tools I need to be successful.”
- Luke denHaan, Annapolis Valley, NS

“The Farm Loan Board
is more understanding of what we were doing
in this sector and understood what I was trying to do.”
- Glenn Dodge, Bent Ridge Winery Ltd.

“Van Meekeren Farms chose to obtain financing
from the Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board
because they understand the financial needs of
agricultural businesses, and have a suite of products
available to meet those needs.”
- Stephen Van Meekeren, Van Meekeren Farms Ltd.

“The biggest difference between the
Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board
and other lenders is the products they offer are better suited
to agriculture - they understand agriculture.”
- Michael Lightfoot, Kings County, NS

Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board

Community Pastures Program

The Farm Loan Board has seven community pastures located throughout rural Nova Scotia. Developed in the 1950's, the community pasture program was designed to help beef farmers keep their costs down by providing grazing land for their animals throughout the summer months.

The pastures have nearly 6,000 acres of land with 3,775 of those acres cleared. The Farm Loan Board is proud to have this land available for farmers, and to keep large pieces of land in our province for agricultural use. In 2019/20 we began work to make sure that the pastures continue to be a resource available to help grow the rural economy now and for future generations. We look forward to finalizing this work in 2021/22.

Map of government-owned community pastures in Nova Scotia

Community Pasture Site Assessments

In late 2020, Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc. completed a report to the Farm Loan Board to provide a review of the current situation at each community pasture including site assessments, fertility assessment, recommendations, fertility improvement cost estimates, infrastructure assessments and recommendations, (including estimate of improvement costs), and estimates of potential stocking rates for the respective pastures.

Perennia’s full report can be assessed below:

Nova Scotia Community Pasture Assessment (PDF)


Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board
Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board
Truro - Head Office

74 Research Drive
Bible Hill, NS B6L 2R2

Tel: 902-893-6506
Fax: 902-895-7693

Kentville - Field Office

Kentville Agricultural Centre
32 Main Street
Kentville, Nova Scotia, B4N 1J5

Tel: 902-679-6009
Fax: 902-679-4997