Criteria for operating a farm or hobby farm
To operate a farm or hobby farm in East Ferris, the property must meet all of the following criteria:
1. Appropriate Zoning (Rural Agricultural (A) Zone);
2. Minimum frontage of 90 metres (295.28 feet); and
3. Minimum lot area of 2.0 hectares (5 acres).
The Municipality does not limit the number of animals (livestock) on a property if it is a legally established farm property. To be considered a legally established farm property the appropriate zoning, frontage and area must be met. In addition, farmers and ‘hobby farmers’ must adhere with the Provincial Minimum Distance Separation Formulae (MDS) and Nutrient Management Programs of the Province.
Commonly Asked Questions
Does the Municipality restrict livestock on properties?
The Municipality does not limit the number of animals (livestock) on a property if it is a legally established farm property. If you wish to establish a hobby farm or board a horse on your property, your property must meet the above criteria.
I would like to establish a hobby farm on my property; what are the requirements that need to be followed?
To build a barn and house livestock on your property, the setbacks required through the Minimum Distance Separation Formulae must be met. These are regulations established by the Province in order to address impact concerns related to smell, dust and other common ‘nuisances’ related to standard farm practices.
Therefore, if you want to build a barn or store manure on your property, the barn and storage location must meet Ministry setbacks (based on MDS calculations). These setbacks are based on various factors such as the size of the barn and the type of manure storage.
Additions to barns and set back distances from residential properties could change the proposed location of the barn and determine whether or not agricultural uses will be permitted.
The creation of a Nutrient Management Plan may also be required for the establishment of an agricultural operation depending on the number of livestock proposed to be kept on your property.
These are regulations established by the Province in order to address impact concerns related to smell, dust and other common ‘nuisances’ related to standard farm practices.
* Please note that the establishment of a farm on your property may impact your opportunities to sever a new lot due to the Minimum Distance Separation Formulae (MDS).
1. Ministry Support
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Ministry of Rural Affairs help farmers with various programs and best practices for farming in Ontario. Links to their websites and funding opportunities can be found below.
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Ontario Ministry of Rural Affairs