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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Could hazelnuts be part of the answer to profitability for 100 acre farms? Matt and Becky Belfour are hoping so.
The couple and their two sons farm outside of Seaforth at Ginger Flock Farm where Becky does most of the work of raising...

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Newly-elected Ontario Hazelnut Association (OHA) chair Kevin Hodge wouldn't be encouraging other farmers to consider "going nuts" had he not already done so.
"There is potential there," said the Harley-area cash cropper, who added ten acres of hazelnuts.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Lambing and manure spreading are Ben Ernewein's most popular videos on the YouTube channel he started to share sheep farm stories

Monday, January 18, 2021

Farmers need to have a different mindset about farm plastics to prepare for recycling opportunities

Monday, January 18, 2021

A tank of semen was lost but the cattle were saved after fire destroyed the barn at Posthaven Limousins

Monday, January 18, 2021

Rural communities are not just tiny versions of urban areas. Rural people know this intuitively but can they articulate exactly what rural is?
Five rural professionals tried to answer that question in a thought-provoking panel on The Future of Rural...

Monday, November 16, 2020

"Myrrh" was written by Fred Sloman (now deceased) of Clinton, and is submitted to The Rural Voice by Toby Sloman Rainey, the youngest daughter of Fred and Cela Sloman, who still lives in Clinton.

Monday, November 16, 2020

The story is really about manure and the new bedded pack coupled with an agitated liquid manure system which Kristina and Simon Signer built into their innovative new dairy barn near Moorefield.
However, upon entering...

Monday, November 16, 2020

There is a shift in thinking about how Ontario gardeners garden. Instead of planting ornamentals from Europe, Asia and Africa, gardeners and nature-enthusiasts are thinking about what plants serve our own native pollinators.
"I see it every day," says ..

Monday, November 16, 2020

Walking with Mike Ward through his native garden in Clinton, is to learn which native plants attract native butterflies. He is enthralled with lepidopteran species and native plants in equal measure, and has started...

Monday, November 16, 2020

Allan and Marlene Rundle's picturesque farm is on the edge of the town of Exeter in Huron County. Allan has lived and farmed here his entire life, leaving school after grade eight to help his dad farm their 150 acres. Allan's parents, Arthur and ...

Thursday, October 15, 2020

An apple is a favourite snack enjoyed by many this time of year. But did you know that the flavour of an apple can vary depending on where it's grown? This is what makes Georgian Bay one of the top apple-producing areas in Ontario and it's where...

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Offspring from one of the rarest apple trees in the world, a Bardsey Island, produced its first apple at OKeefe Grange near Arran this year.
"It has one apple. It could fall off early before I even get to taste it," says O'Keefe Grange's owner.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Trying to keep things like they were yesterday only puts you further behind tomorrow.
That is a philosophy lived by Southwest Oxford Mayor Dave Mayberry over a career in municipal politics spanning almost 30 years.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Carolyn Crawford is a cook and a leader and a collector of cookbooks. As president of the Culinary Historians of Canada (CHC) her enthusiasm to inspire appreciation and advance knowledge of Canada's food history is bubbling over!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

"A frost came in the night and stole my world..." penned the poet, Cecil Lewis. The countryside's abundance has been harvested, and the gardens are empty now. And yet, somehow, the Riverbend Gardens and Nursery maintain their beauty...

Monday, September 21, 2020

The invitation from Essentially Lavender Farm was irresistible: "We invite you to come and visit our farm where you can rest, relax and rejuvenate -- while surrounded by lavender and nature." Located between Teeswater and Formosa, this grassroots ...

Monday, September 21, 2020

All Sorts Acres Farm near Ayton really had "all sorts" of animals and ideas from its owners, Jennifer Osborn and Tim Fisher.
Surprisingly, it was the COVID-19 pandemic that provided the impetus for the life and business partners to become a profitable...

Monday, September 21, 2020

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for locally-produced meat has grown significantly. However farmers raising the meat, especially those in the beef sector, have faced their own set of challenges trying to get their beef ...

Monday, September 21, 2020

Timing is everything and in the case of the animal rights activist's fatality in Burlington and subsequent death threats towards the driver, one piece of legislation might have protected everyone.
No more proof is needed for the necessity...

Monday, August 17, 2020

The process of fermenting food turned into a personal interest this past winter, when I was dealing with a bout of pneumonia -- the second time within two years. The anti-antibiotics program had finished, leaving my gut microbiome out of balance ....

Monday, August 17, 2020

It wasn't just toilet paper. Seed sales also spiked during the height of the COVID-19 scare  and kept on bolting until seed companies like Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds near Palmerston had to close down to process a tenfold increase in orders...

Monday, August 17, 2020

The enriched cage route is the way to go, believes Devon Dykstra who is switching from broilers to layers and installing the spacious cages in the remodelled barn.
"It's a nice balance of both worlds. The chickens have room and more natural habitat ....

Monday, August 17, 2020

Farmers farm for various reasons: an altruistic desire to grow high-quality, nutritious food for the eating public; a preferred lifestyle; a sacred vocation; a love of nature and the outdoors; or, maybe because they enjoy solving problems -- farming ...

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