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Sunday, April 1, 2018

The Pigeon King returns to the Blyth Festival and raises questions about the self-proclaimed Pigeon King himself, Arlan Galbraith.
I m not alone in my curiousity. Thousands of farmers signed contracts with Pigeon King International (PKI) ...

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Last year, on July 1, my wife and I took a break from our farm to mark Canada 150 Day. Increasingly conscious of Canada s shameful historical (and contemporary) treatment of Indigenous peoples, we decided to sidestep events focusing on the nation-buildi

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Here s the ingredient list I used, Pinkie: 18 cups of handpicked gooseberries, the purple variety; seven cups of dark maple syrup; six cups of granulated sugar; and a generous tablespoon of cinnamon.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Everyone knows the stereotypical farmer strong, stoic, rarely discussing, or even having, feelings.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

It was ironic that at about the time last month s Rural Voice was arriving in your mail box, containing my column arguing the need to remember the contributions of those who have built today s world, that we lost a prime example of that sort of leader.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Two men with clever words. Both left an impact. One singing on a stage, the other picking cigarette butts from a parking lot; both offering unexpected nuggets of wisdom.

Friday, February 9, 2018

This month I m addressing the dreaded b-word. It aggravates you and me both, so let s just talk about it. Ugh, even spelling it makes me frustrated: bureaucracy.

Friday, February 9, 2018

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Kathleen Wynne s relationship with Ontario s agricultural community began in ignorance and reckless self-assurance in February 2013.

Friday, February 9, 2018

We may not know what the best solutions are, and we can get caught up in arguments over the long-term effect of many government initiatives but if we start the conversation with the idea that no one wants to see their neighbours or their neighbours

Friday, February 9, 2018

On February 19 we ll mark the 10th anniversary of getting our official holiday in mid-winter, now known as Family Day.

Friday, February 9, 2018

There s a lack of butter and an abundance of skim milk in the market nationally and internationally. Breakfast trends have much to do with it.
It used to be that kids would grab a bowl, shake in a sugary cereal and flood this quick breakfast with homoge

Monday, March 30, 2015

By Lisa B. Pot
A plate filled with mashed potatoes and roast beef in one hand, dessert in the other, I looked at the full tables in front of me, wondering where to sit.
A kindly fellow, casually dressed in a sweatshirt and workpants, pulled out a chair.

Monday, March 30, 2015

By Kate Procter
Food can be an emotional topic for most people, whether they admit it or not. It s not just about what nourishes and sustains us physically, food also plays a role in community and family, it is the glue that holds us together. It is...

Monday, March 30, 2015

By Keith Roulston
A recent issue of Canadian Business magazine featured 30 big ideas and hot trends as opportun-ities for 2015. The good news for food producers is two of them involved food production. The bad news is that it s the kind of food...

Monday, March 30, 2015

The gang at Mabel s sit around talking about the dangers of sitting
The world s problems are solved daily round the table at Mabel s Grill.
Thanks, you saved my life, said Cliff Murray the other day when Molly Whiteside delivered his coffee at the...

Monday, March 30, 2015

By Lisa B. Pot
You can t go wrong taking pictures of a Jersey calf. Doe eyes, delicate features, fawn-coloured hide and all the ah factor baby animals elicit in humans.
But if you are a vegan on a mission to turn consumers off meat, such pictures are...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

By Kate Procter
We are living in the information age. The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2004) defines that as: the current historical period, characterized by the capacity to store, retrieve, and transmit large volumes of information using computer...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

By Keith Roulston
Did you vote in the municipal election last fall? Odds are you didn t, given that many municipalities patted themselves on the back if they managed to attract more than 40 per cent of possible voters to cast a ballot, despite going...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The world s problems are solved daily round the table at Mabel s Grill.
What s this? George McKenzie asked Molly Whiteside when she delivered his bacon and eggs on a smaller than normal plate the other morning at Mabel s Grill.
The dishwasher...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

By Lisa B. Pot
She came charging into the office like a gust of wind intent on stirring up some action. And so she did. Mel Luymes is a force of nature and in a completely candid interview for this issue, declared I m not afraid to make an ass of...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

By Kate Procter
Finally, finally, Harvest 2014 is a memory. There were days when I thought I would not get to write that or at least maybe not until 2015. But one good thing about bad times is the good lessons that come with them. While a lot of my...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The world s problems are solved daily round the table at Mabel s Grill.
Christmas came early at our place this year, said Cliff Murray as he sat down at the morning coffee session the other day.
Do you have one of those family things where people...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

By Keith Roulston
Prompted by the actions of a couple of high-profile business leaders, the problem of finding a proper work life balance has been getting a lot of discussion lately. It s an area where farm families have an inherent advantage.
Indra...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The world s problems are solved daily round the table at Mabel s Grill.
What s this? asked George McKenzie when Dave Winston handed him an envelope at the morning coffee session at Mabel s the other day.
It s the Christmas card for you and Martha...

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