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Experimental Acres 2024

Thanks for your interest in Experimental Acres! Scroll down to find the application form for 2024 projects.

Experimental Acres supports farmers in Grey County with the implementation of sustainable agricultural best practices. Farmers know their land best, so we want to hear your ideas for how to improve yield, soil health and overall sustainability on your farm using new cropping practices, livestock or other innovations.  

Experimental Acres projects fall into three categories:  
1) Living Roots and Green Cover - projects which extend the time soil is covered and/or has living roots in it (up to $1000.00 available per farm) 
2) Innovation - projects which implement new ways of doing things on the farm (up to $2000.00 available per farm) 
3) Integrating Animals on the Farm - projects which incorporate livestock into farm systems (up to $3000.00 available per farm) 
 
The program is designed to de-risk the learning season of a new practice by providing financial and educational support, and hopefully help you prepare for larger scale implementation in the future. The application period will be open from now until February 23rd, 2024. 

Would you like more information before starting your application? Please feel free to reach out to Emily McKague by emailing info@greyagservices.ca. You can also take a look at the Wellington County Experimental Acres page where they have additional information posted: https://www.wellington.ca/en/business/ed-experimental-acres.aspx 

Below are examples of projects were completed in Dufferin, Grey and Wellington counties in 2023. 

  • Q: What is Experimental Acres?
    A: The Experimental Acres pilot was developed as a part of Guelph-Wellington Our Food Future, a project funded by Infrastructure Canada. The County of Wellington facilitated the programme in Wellington and Dufferin Counties in 2022, and Grey County joined in 2023. It is a program that provides funding to small scale agricultural projects, with the goal of de-risking the learning process and increasing the adoption of practices that are good for soil health. Experimental Acres is a great way for producers to receive a small amount of funding to trial an idea on farm. Whether the practice is new-to-you or has never been done before, we’d like to hear your ideas. Grey County Experimental Acres projects are funded by Grey County as part of their Climate Action Plan. The program aligns with Action 3: Capacity Building in Sustainable Agricultural Best Practices and aims to support farmers in implementing new practices which can build soil health and potentially aid in carbon recapture. Examples of past projects have included things like cover cropping, silvopasture, rotational grazing systems, tarping to avoid tillage, intercropping, livestock bedding trials, vertical farming, no-till establishment of crops, companion planting and more!
  • Q: Who can apply?
    A: Any farmer with a project in mind is welcome to apply. You must agree to the basic program requirements laid out at the beginning of the application form. Farms do not need an FBRN number or an Environmental Farm Plan. The goal is to remove barriers by including few requirements for the program.
  • Q: What can the funding be used for?
    A: Experimental Acres projects fall into one of three categories: 1) Living Roots and Green Cover - projects which extend the time soil is covered and/or has living roots in it (up to $1000.00 available per farm) 2) Innovation - projects which implement new ways of doing things on the farm (up to $2000.00 available per farm) 3) Integrating Animals on the Farm - projects which incorporate livestock into farm systems (up to $3000.00 available per farm) The program is designed to be very open ended and accessible, to allow support for many different types of projects. If you have an idea, please let us know!
  • Q: Does my farm need to be located in Grey County to apply?
    A: Yes, although Dufferin and Wellington Counties also each have an Experimental Acres program which you can apply to if you are located in one of those areas.
  • Q: How many farms are eligible to receive funding in 2024?
    A: Grey County’s 2024 program allows for six Experimental Acres projects to be selected.
  • Q: Where can I find more information?
    A: You can reach out to Emily McKague at info@greyagservices.ca with any questions. You can also check out Wellington County’s Experimental Acres page: https://www.wellington.ca/en/business/ed-experimental-acres.aspx for additional background information.
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