We work with farmers to ensure healthier, more sustainable, and more marketable farms.
Environmental Farm Plans (EFPs) are voluntary self-assessment tools that identify a farm's environmental risk.
EFP's assess whether or not a farm is reaching certain environmental standards and identify areas for improvement. An EFP tells a buyer that a product has been sustainably grown.
Environmental Farm Plans, Sustainability, and Food Safety
The environment is a huge factor when looking to sell food. Consumers are demanding more transparency about where their food comes from and want safer, more sustainably-grown food.
It's important, then, that a farmer ensures product safety they sell if they want to sell their food on global markets.
Access to Funding
When a farmer completes an EFP, they gain access new funding opportunities including the Growing Forward Stewardship Program.
The EFP Process
The EFP process includes several on-site sessions, an information provision from the farmer about their operation including pesticide and fertilizer use, and an approval process. Once an EFP has been approved, the farmer receives an EFP Certificate of Completion.
An EFP is a living document and should be periodically reviewed and updated. As of April 2018, there is a mandatory 10 year renewal period on EFPs.
Read more about the Environmental Farm Plans process on the Alberta EFP website.