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Monday, November 14, 2022

Strolling through the industrial park, I asked around, and took the first job offered.
Hank -- his last name was of Swedish origin -- ran a small fleet of truck-mounted, industrial steamers used to remove the stink of unrefined oil from...

Monday, November 14, 2022

George Mackenzie and Dave Winston were already sitting at a window table at Mabel's Grill the other morning when the old pick-up pulled into the parking lot.
"Look at that!" said Dave. "I bet I could use my old music tapes if I had a truck that old...

Monday, November 14, 2022

The 4R principles promoted by Fertilizer Canada are increasingly accepted and practiced by farmers across Canada. It makes sense to apply nutrients from the Right source, at the Right time, in the Right place and at the Right rate...

Monday, November 14, 2022

"Well, well" said Cliff Murray as Molly Whiteside distributed menus for breakfast at Mabel's Grill the other morning, "things must be looking up. Mabel has new menus."
"Looks like she can afford them," grumbled George Mackenzie. "My ham and eggs...

Monday, November 14, 2022

Moonless midnight winter in Canada's north isn't necessarily about darkness. There are pockets where the artificial light is reflected upwards and then down again, a kind of deeper twilight to which your eyes adjust.
For a week I'd been ...

Monday, November 14, 2022

We live in an increasingly complex world, and it seems humans have never-ending expectations. While technology has vastly improved our lives in many ways, it has also led to some down sides -- everyone is an expert in everything now ...

Monday, November 14, 2022

I was struck by the calls, in two of the township Federation newsletters last month, for people to run for the board of directors in upcoming elections. I've been around long enough to remember when you didn't need to beg people to be involved....

Monday, November 14, 2022

he smell of fries from the fry truck at Thames River Melons near Innerkip was too hard to resist. These two served up my order and asked for a photo...how could I resist? Affable young men, Shannon McMahon (left) and Scott Salmon (right) prove ...

Monday, August 15, 2022

Never underestimate the power of a baby animal to tell your story. One image and moment with a healthy farm animal in a pen full of fresh straw can embed a lifetime of security and confidence in the mind of a consumer who ...

Monday, August 15, 2022

Editor Lisa B. Pot's column last month on the future of farming as seen through the eyes of food "experts" who don't believe in farmers, got me thinking about a lifetime of providing the latest updates to farmers.
Lisa was writing about the speakers...

Monday, August 15, 2022

After two summers of staying close to home and not being with other people much, we decided to take a little trip to appreciate Canada Day by exploring areas we had not visited before. It is always very interesting to visit other countries, but ...

Monday, August 15, 2022

"It's the story my aunt Leone told me, Pinkie, the arrival to the Carter farm of relatives from Georgia in the 1920s, including the president-to-be, just a babe in arms then."
Pinkie, I can tell, has some skepticism about the tale and so I ...

Monday, August 15, 2022

"What's with you? You trying to be fashionable?" Dave Winston asked Cliff Murray the other morning as he pointed to a three-cornered tear in Cliff's jeans when they sat down at Mabel's Grill for breakfast.
"No," Cliff laughed nervously, "I just ...

Monday, August 15, 2022

I'm writing this just back from four days of backcountry camping. My skin still tingles from the sunburn, my ankles itch, my muscles ache and I still have that wild excitement about me.
A friend and I went to the Massasauga Provincial Park near...

Monday, August 15, 2022

I spent a few days listening to non-farming researchers and scientists decry the way many farmers currently farm as unsustainable, contributing to climate change and harmful to the soil. This was during the Arrell Food Summit's "Future of Farming" ...

Monday, August 15, 2022

Editor Lisa B. Pot's column last month on the future of farming as seen through the eyes of food "experts" who don't believe in farmers, got me thinking about a lifetime of providing the latest updates to farmers.
Lisa was writing about the speakers...

Monday, August 15, 2022

As the snow melts and spring creeps, or sometimes rushes, across the land, farmers prepare for the frantic season ahead. The windows of opportunity to get stuff done are filled with never-ending motion.
Stress runs high and everyone hopes they have...

Monday, August 15, 2022

My friends of Orkney, my conversation with my dear friend Pinkie continues and so does the story of Clifton and Estelle. With Clifton working a job in a remote location in Ontario's northland and Estelle in hospital for a serious surgery...

Monday, June 20, 2022

Financial podcaster Jessica Moorhouse says everyone should be tracking their spending and setting aside a fund to cover expenses in case of emergency. You can read her financial advice in this issue.
Another financial guru, Bruce Sellery, asks ...

Monday, June 20, 2022

Among the joys of my years being editor of The Rural Voice was the opportunity to hear speakers who left their impression -- and among those was Dr. Temple Grandin.
I was thinking that the other day when I pulled the movie Temple Grandin off the shelf ..

Monday, June 20, 2022

Many farmers have a goal of leaving their farms better than they found them. Growing cover crops is one tool that farmers have to help them achieve that goal. The Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) has launched a Cover Crop Leaders ...

Monday, June 20, 2022

My friends of Orkney, we left Clifton and Estelle in Ontario's northland, at a place of golden dreams, the Jerome Mine. War was once again raging in Europe and Estelle had made a full recovery from an operation which had left her bedridden for ,,,

Monday, June 20, 2022

"One of the good things about planting soybeans," said Dave Winston as he sat down at Mabel's Grill for breakfast the other morning, "is that you can sit in your tractor cab and listen to your music and you can almost forget that there's an election...

Monday, June 20, 2022

Every spring I look forward to firing up the BBQ and cooking over a flame. Even when it is a bit too cold to be standing out there, or it starts to rain or snow, the first chance I get I'm snapping my tongs and firing up the grill. While it is easy to...

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