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The Sommers family raises chickens, both layers and broilers, to supply their family's needs for eggs and chicken. When COVID-19 hit they decided to create a space for backyard pigs to produce their own pork too.
Dad Jeremiah owns...

Conventional rituals and practices for the burial of the dead have been deeply ingrained in our religious and cultural traditions. So much so that few people have given them much thought.
But with concern over global warming and...

Ducks Unlimited Canada conservationist volunteer Phil Holst's excitement was infectious. Perched on a knoll, he eloquently shared his vision of a self-sustaining integrated wetland replacing marshy, marginal pasture with enhanced natural habitat ...

For Dr. Lee Siertsema, owner of Blyth Veterinary Services, taking care of animals is just part of providing for the community in which he was raised.
Siertsema, who was raised just outside of Blyth, had his heart set on medicine when...

In the right hands, the same sheet of metal used to make a trough for feeding pigs can be used to sculpt a bald eagle or a rooster.
Rich Baker has created both in his small wooden framed workshop on the home property shared with wife Jenn...

When a stray cat showed up on a farm outside of London, the landowners took him to the East Village Animal Hospital (EVAH) to get "her" spayed, knowing they offered a feral cat program.
That cat turned out to be a "he", was renamed McConaughey ...

For many dairy producers, the thought association when asked about carbon footprints could likely be a negative one. Recently the industry has been under pressure to reduce their carbon footprint -- a goal which to some could seem either ...

Thanks to Toni Newman, who calls herself a professional catalyst, many Ontario farm women will not be able to order parmesan cheese on their salad without thinking of sexy Stefan.
The ebullient Newman, a woman who perches on top of a red ladder to...

Spring isn't just a time for planting. It's a time for auction sales ... a social highlight that retired farmers, collectors and deal makers are missing dearly.
"People love their auctions. They love the thrill of bidding," says Ken...

Living though a pandemic may seem like a dark time but like seeds in soil, it is the combination of light and darkness that makes them sprout.
"Exponential growth can happen, especially in these times of darkness," says mental health expert...

In the agriculture and food industry, leading researchers are making predictions of what we can expect to see and what might be in store for the future for our food supply, after COVID-19 lock-down measures end. Three University of Guelph professors ...

The Rural Voice for April, 2020 includes stories about artisanal creators located on Highway 4, a hog farmer creating an energy-cost-saving system and a restored buggy.

Finding employees to fill positions on dairy farms and then keeping them has been a struggle in today's labour market. So how do two successful dairy farms manage it?
It comes down to recruitment, relationship, good benefits and finding a role...

Beekeeping in Ontario has experienced a surge in popularity over the past 10 years, with the number of registered beekeepers in Ontario growing by almost 40 per cent since 2008. No one is quite sure where to attribute the cause of this increased...

After winning the bid to host the provincial event called Sing Swing about a year ago, Grey County Junior Farmers have been busy planning to host members from across the province.
According to Barclay Nap of Wellington County, records show...

T. J. Klopp says he is known around the family farm near Zurich as a bit rushy and "rammy". However, on the day he was thrown from one side of the tractor to the other in a farm accident involving a power take off (PTO), he was slow and calm...

Making hay while the sun shines is such an uplifting, catchy phrase but the actual process is risky as all get out.
How to manage the risk for forage crops (including alfalfa, grasses and corn silage) became a common theme among speakers at the...

After hearing reports of farm families being worried and scared to be on their own yards plus receiving hundreds of letters about aggressive trespassing at food processing plants, it was time to introduce legislation to protect Ontario farmers ...

At ten o'clock on a fine morning in late September, I arrived at Alice Munro's house in Clinton, to pick up Alice and her friend Sally Gregson. We were taking a day trip to Grey County.
This excursion came about from a request Alice made a few weeks...

In my exuberance for the art of canning, I've spoken to my friends over the summer about canning experiences. I am taken aback at the number of 50-year-olds and older who no longer can. "Too much work," they say. "Not enough time," they explain.

As environmentally friendly products grow in popularity and people are becoming more aware of the harm that fast fashion is doing to the environment, so too is the demand for natural, locally sourced farm-raised fibre. Donna Hancock who farms near ...

Susan Chan likes what her family calls, her "projects". Carrying on the legacy of her father, John Hindmarsh, Susan has continued to create conservation projects on the home farm on Highway 21 just outside of Goderich.
Featuring several ponds...

What would compel a Bay Street actuary,  someone  who once managed a billion dollars of reserve liabilities, to abandon a secure, well-paying job with the potential for upward mobility for  the  precarious life of small-scale mixed farming?

Graham Learn does not hold back in his support for the Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Program.
"Honestly, it was life changing," said the Oxford County pork producer. "I've got to meet great people from a different country and learn about their ...

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