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Total Farm Receipts

At $519 million in annual farm gross receipts, Norfolk County is a leading agriculture region in Canada.

We’re Number One…

Norfolk County farmers are Canada’s leading growers of asparagus, tart cherries, ginseng, peppers, pumpkins, squash and zucchini, and other vegetables, compared to other census subdivisions. We are also Ontario’s Number One growers of cabbage, rye, and strawberries.

More details on our Agriculture Data page.

Norfolk County promotes itself as Ontario’s Garden and has every right to do so. Analysis of Statistics Canada’s 2016 Census of Agriculture confirms that our farmers are stars in the world of agriculture not only on the provincial stage, but the national one, too.

There are 1,860 farm operators working 1,307 farms in Norfolk County, with total land in crops of 196,403 acres. Average age of a farm operator in Norfolk County was 55.7 years in 2016.

Norfolk County farmers are Canada’s leading growers of asparagus, tart cherries, ginseng, peppers, pumpkins, squash and zucchini, and other vegetables, compared to other census subdivisions.

Norfolk County farmers are Ontario’s Number One growers of asparagus, cabbage, tart cherries, ginseng, peppers, pumpkins, rye, squash and zucchini, strawberries, and other vegetables.

Our farmers are among Ontario’s top growers of several other crops: sweet corn, apples, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, green and wax beans, carrots, raspberries and lettuce.

Since 2011, there have been increased plantings of asparagus, ginseng, green and wax beans, green peas, mixed grains, oats, peppers, pumpkins, rye, squash and zucchini. Plantings of cabbage, carrots, corn for grain, onions, pears, raspberries, soybeans, strawberries, sweet corn and wheat decreased in acreage size.

Livestock makes up an important part of Norfolk County agriculture. Farmers housed more pigs, cattle and calves, goats, sheep and lambs in this Census, while the number of horses and rabbits declined. The number of honeybee colonies increased.

Norfolk County has the highest number of employees on its farms (7,619), compared to any other census subdivision in Canada. Our farmers employ the highest number of seasonal or temporary workers (6,493).

Total farm capital, including land, buildings, livestock and machinery, in Norfolk County was valued at approximately $3.3 billion in 2016, up 57% compared to five years ago. By acre, Norfolk County had the second highest total farm capital value in Ontario.

Norfolk County farmers received more than $519 million in total gross farm receipts in the year prior to the census. In Ontario, Norfolk County has the highest number of farms reporting gross farm receipts over $2 million.

Innovation comes naturally to Norfolk County and our agriculture sector leads the way with technology. Acre per acre, our farmers use the most computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets, GPS technology and GIS mapping compared to anywhere else in Canada.

Agriculture Links & Resources

Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

Foodland Ontario

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs

Educational Programs

Cornell University Small Farms Program

Ontario Agricultural College – University of Guelph

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