Nominate a farmer

Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program is designed to recognize young farmers that exemplify excellence in their profession. Eligible nominees must be farm operators between the ages of 18 and 39 who derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from their farm operations. Each year one farming couple is selected from each of the program’s seven Regional Recognition Events to represent their respective region at the National Recognition Event.



Are you passionate about agriculture in Canada? The Outstanding Young Farmers Memorial Scholarship supports future generations in the pursuit of their passion. Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually to students pursuing post secondary education in agriculture.  The annual application deadline is June 30th.

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W.R. Motherwell Award

Dr. Motherwell was a leader in Canadian agriculture for over 50 years. He is the namesake of the W.R. Motherwell Award, presented annually to an individual or couple who demonstrate excellence in leadership and dedication to the Outstanding Young Farmers Program and the agriculture industry.

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Meet our 1987 National Nominees- in honour of our national event in November, we will be sharing some of our past Outstanding young farmers. 🌽

Recognize any faces?

Meet our 2022 National Nominees!

We are so excited to see them all present again in November at our National Event. In attendance will be our generous sponsors & many of our outstanding alumni. Follow along to see who will be the next #COYF !

Congrats to Delhi market gardeners David & Jennifer VanDeVelde, the ON winners of Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers competition! They grow more than 200 acres of fruit & vege crops & a variety of field & cover crops. @CanadaOYF @WholesomePickin #buylocal

Jenn & David VanDeVelde of @WholesomePickin named Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers by @CanadaOYF. The Delhi farmers launched a movement by stocking their market with produce from nearby farms, shrinking the concept of eating local from 100 miles to 10.

Big congrats to David & Jennifer VanDeVelde-Delhi of Wholesome Pickins Market and Bakery! Our 2022 Ontario Regional event.

See you two at our national event in November 👍🏼

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