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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...

Monday, March 14, 2022

Faith, family, farmland: a perfect trio to which both Steve and Val Bachert of Blyth Creek Maple Farm have dedicated themselves fully. And by farmland, in particular, there are the 1,000 or so maple trees that produce the sugary goodness that...

Monday, March 14, 2022

Sheep farming is a family affair at Ewe-Nique Dairy owned by Mark and Rosena Martin and has grown with a new barn and cheese store so that each of their six children could have work on the family farm.
"Milking sheep is labour-intensive but ...

Monday, February 14, 2022

Faith, family, farmland: a perfect trio to which both Steve and Val Bachert of Blyth Creek Maple Farm have dedicated themselves fully. And by farmland, in particular, there are the 1,000 or so maple trees that produce the sugary goodness that...

Monday, February 14, 2022

Sheep farming is a family affair at Ewe-Nique Dairy owned by Mark and Rosena Martin and has grown with a new barn and cheese store so that each of their six children could have work on the family farm.
"Milking sheep is labour-intensive but ...

Monday, February 14, 2022

Growing no-till vegetables requires a strategy with lots of mulch and use of tarps or cover crops to control weeds, say three vegetable growers.
Speaking on no-till vegetable farming at the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario's annual ...

Monday, February 14, 2022

Late in 2021, Gary Forbes received a bale wrap compactor on his farm in Northern Bruce Peninsula. He is one of many Bruce County farmers now participating in the Building a Zero Plastics Waste Strategy for Agriculture pilot developed ...

Monday, February 14, 2022

Calving season can be both an exciting and stressful time of year for cow-calf producers and having a plan in place can help improve calving success. Grey Bruce Farmers' Week Beef Day hosted a timely beef farmer panel to discuss ...

Monday, February 14, 2022

Lisa Thompson is not only the Ministry of Agriculture of Food and Rural Affairs, she's also a self-confessed foodie who shared her favourite recipes in one of 24 inaugural stories for the newly launched People's Archive of Rural Ontario (PARO)...

Monday, February 14, 2022

Tom Trick's approach to farming is to try and run an environmentally beneficial mixed farm in a landscape of intensive agriculture and urban influx.
Mixed farms are rare these days and Trick's passion for his endeavour was evident in...

Monday, February 14, 2022

Looking for inspiration on what approach to take on your farm? Judging from a panel speaking on the future of agriculture, you can export to the world, sell at the farmgate and/or be a mixed farm on a large scale to be profitable, happy...

Monday, February 14, 2022

I apologize in advance. I usually try to write something thought-provoking or inspiring for this column, but I don't think I have it in me right now. Instead of leaving this space blank (can I do that, Lisa?!)... could I just be honest with you?

Monday, December 13, 2021

It was an energetic eight-month-old equivalent of "two-thumbs-up" for a highly-successful inaugural Berrylicious Fruit Farm taste test.
"First fresh off-the-bush blueberry," smiled young Gavin Allison's mom, Brittany. "He's pretty happy," she continued..

Monday, December 13, 2021

While media reports have revealed poor conditions some seasonal workers experience in Canada, Felena Pereira of Trinidad and Tobago says her employer made Christmas 2020 in lock-down a great experience and she now wants to ...

Monday, December 13, 2021

Change is often the result of childhood experiences and three panelists recently shared how having a sick dad, being gay or wishing the world was a better place spurred them to change the food system in their own unique ways.

Monday, December 13, 2021

In Seaforth, Ontario, a family business named Everspring is making products that are meeting the demand for healthier, whole, minimally-processed food. The factory is a true family affair with parents Dale and Marianne Donaldson at the helm and...

Monday, December 13, 2021

As their recent public testimonials reveal, Ontario's various non-governmental farm organizations are tilling some new, and reconciliatory, ground.
On September 30th, the Ontario Federation of Farmers (OFA), National Farmers-Union-Ontario (NFU-O)...

Monday, December 13, 2021

Several years ago Gabe and Deborah Caira looked at a property southeast of Blyth and saw their home. They also saw a space they could turn into The Ecobubble: a biologically diverse space into which they could grow.
They purchased the property on ....

Monday, December 13, 2021

There's a good vibe going on at Coastal Coffee near Kintail. It's a kind of hippy, West Coast, vibe which is what owners Ben and Bri Gingerich are trying to cultivate.
There are two Volkswagon vans outside the former Presbyterian church, now home...

Monday, October 18, 2021

Every time you open a hive, the bees are trying to tell a story and a good beekeeper can interpret that story and give them what they need.
So says Colette Mesher, sleeveless and wearing shorts, who quietly enters...

Monday, October 18, 2021

To her husband Art Shannon, Dr. Kymberley Snarr is the 'Organic Cop', a term of endearment paying homage to her father William's tenure as Superintendent, Peel Region Police.
"I'm not," laughs Kymberley, an independent International Organic Inspectors...

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