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Monday, August 15, 2022

The early mornings are getting harder to appreciate for long-time dairy goat producers, Henk and Ellen Van Schaik of Blyth.
With three daughters off on their own exciting careers, and a fourth helping part-time, Henk and Ellen are now the ...

Monday, August 15, 2022

Steph Muma's wide-ranging exploration of the culinary arts has happily transitioned from chickweed "plating tweezers" to fruit tree grafting tools.
"I do appreciate the art of food, 100 per cent," said owner/operator (with life and business partner....

Monday, August 15, 2022

From variable frequency drives to renting vans versus trucks to building net-zero homes, members of Huron's Carbon Footprint Initiative (CFI) are taking their commitment to reduce emissions and protect biodiversity very seriously.

Monday, August 15, 2022

I get out of the van to be greeted by three large Maremma dogs and one host, talking animatedly on her cell phone. I wander around as I wait and Lindsay Higgins mouths an apology while continuing the conversation.
When the phone call is over she...

Monday, August 15, 2022

People are thrilled to get on a farm to see and learn how food is grown, says Katrina McQuail of Meeting Place Organic Farm near Lucknow.
McQuail was instrumental in organizing a Farm Crawl on July 10 via Eat Local Huron, a not-for-profit...

Monday, August 15, 2022

Ten years ago, slightly photoshopped and keen, the Player family was plastered on the sides of Loblaws trucks promoting the Free From pork brand.
Today, the family still has those engaging grins but have changed their production protocols ...

Monday, August 15, 2022

As the food system transforms, will commercial agriculture survive or will synthetic and regenerative agriculture surge ahead to feed the world?
According to Hannah Tucker, a director at Balance Point Advisory, climate change is endangering ...

Monday, August 15, 2022

People are keen as a bean to learn how to farm. That's being proven at Ignatius Farm where the New Farmer Program attracts over 300 participants of which many visited the farm in May for a tour to see just what is going on at this Jesuit retreat....

Monday, August 15, 2022

This August marks the 50th anniversary of one of the foundational moments in Canadian theatre -- and it all took place in a barn west of Clinton.
Paul Thompson, son of a veterinarian who had practiced in Atwood...

Monday, June 20, 2022

StormFisher Vice-President of Development, Brandon Moffatt, has heard more than once about one person's trash being another's treasure.
"That's very fair," he allowed, adding the other metaphor he catches frequently is "we're a dairy cow."
Officially...

Monday, June 20, 2022

There's a curious vine growing in Ben Caeser's greenhouse at Fiddlehead Nursery near Kimberley. Maybe it's not how curious the vine is, but HOW it's growing.
Emerging at regular intervals from the centre of the greenhouse are seedless grape vines...

Monday, June 20, 2022

Alpacas and tarts were at the top of the list for a day trip into Bruce County and both those things could be found at the southernmost end of Bruce, in the small town of Lucknow.
Adria Graham was making dryer balls of alpaca wool when ...

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Mixed farming seemed to have disappeared from the farm landscape but enterprising young farmers are recreating this farming ideal with a new twist.
Maitland Acres near Auburn is such a farm. Operated by Bryon and Jessica Beyersbergen, the couple is...

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Beekeepers are reporting staggering losses as they open hives and discover colony after colony of bees dead.
"This is all across Canada," reports Bernie Wiehle, owner of Wiehle's Wildflower Honey near Rodney who spoke to members of the Ausable Bee...

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

While grazing may have been the norm in these parts of Ontario decades ago, most of the cattle have now moved into barns, while the fences and fencerows have been removed. But there is a growing demand for grass-fed beef and there are many ...

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Most everyone goes through a challenging season personally or professionally, but those with the tools of everyday resiliency survive better than most, believes Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe.
"Today is day 725 of a global health pandemic...

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Women entrepreneurship is growing in Canada as Statistics Canada reports a 30 per cent increase in women-owned businesses in the last 10 years. That number has certainly increased during the last two years with the COVID-19 pandemic....

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

In its landmark 2016 report, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into Indian Residential Schools (TRC) called on all Canadians to walk the path of reconciliation and right relationship with Indigenous peoples in Canada.
"We all have a...

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

As with many new dining experiences, there was prescribed etiquette to be learned and observed at Udderly Ridiculous near Bright.
It wasn't so much which fork or spoon for which dish or which glass for which wine. In fact, place setting...

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

It sounds quite grand to own your own airport but Summer and Tyler Papple are farmers at heart with a new love for flying that gives them confidence that the acquisition of the Wingham Airport will be a good fit for their own aviation company...

Monday, March 14, 2022

It's been 40 years since the class of 1982 graduated from Centralia College and though the college is now closed, the graduates' memories are alive and well and were shared at a reunion held April 2.
"I look back and those were only two years...

Monday, March 14, 2022

A new generation of Gardiners are finding their voice at Dave Gardiner Farms Inc. in Kirkton and Dave is all about hearing it.
Three generations of the family are sitting at the office table. They are all here because Dave said it was their voices ...

Monday, March 14, 2022

It could be seen as the most rural of mid-life metamorphosis. Jeremy Toth did turn in his banker's suit for blue jeans and a plaid flannel shirt, but rather than speeding down the highway in a shiny new convertible, he's slowly rolling through...

Monday, March 14, 2022

Behold: bats, mammalian order Chiroptera, one of nature's most remarkable yet misunderstood, undervalued and sometimes maligned creatures.
In existence since the time of dinosaurs, bat species number more than 1,400 worldwide, 40 in North America...

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