Support for starting a farm in Nova Scotia

Starting Your Farm

Whether you're planning on becoming part of the agribusiness sector—or just farming to produce food for your own family—finding and choosing the right farm is one of the most important steps you can take.
Define your farm vision

Operating Your Farm

Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by the nuts and bolts of starting a farm business – from choosing an enterprise to obtaining all the right business registrations to building a professional network, we’re here to help you every step of the way.
Creating a successful farm

Bringing Your
Products to Market

Whether you’re selling at a farmer’s market or exporting around the globe, we have resources that can help!
Selling your products

Support from

The Department of Agriculture is here to help support you in the development of your farm or food business.
Access experts and find the training you need

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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.