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 The land near Hillier, Ont., where Harwood Estates Vineyard is situated had no power when it was purchased. With one of the owners being an electrical engineer and solar power being as efficient as it was, it was natural for the operation to look into an off-grid solution. Photo by…
 Adrian and Draupadi Quinn produced one acre of kale during their first year of production. They went on to grow 10 acres and then 28 acres. They now use kale from about 150 acres grown on their own and neighbouring farms.  Going from zero to full speed with a new…
Jenna Empey and Alex Currie of Pyramid Farms and Ferments turn the organic produce they grow on their 60-acre farm into a range of fermented products. Photo by Contributed It turns out that reviving a lost art and science such as fermentation is, well, both an art and a science.…
(left to right) Zach Loeks, Kylah Dobson and their two children. The couple operate their farm, Rainbow Heritage Gardens, completely off-grid, which has led to the need for many different innovative ideas. Photo courtesy of Rainbow Heritage Gardens It’s a long way from the hot hills of New Mexico to…
 Gervais is not planning to increase his asparagus acreage at this time but admits if he were to get greater uptake for frozen asparagus from small, local independent retailers in southern Ontario, he would freeze more. Photo by Contributed Every harvest season, many horticultural farmers face a conundrum. When fruit…
 “I’m behind in my pruning but it will happen in due time. I do it all myself.” – Fred Steele. Photo by by Tom Walker Kelowna orchardist and B.C. Fruit Growers Association president, Fred Steele, speaks with the clear articulation and presence you would expect from someone with a 30-year…
  Seasonal crop farmers more often mark the passage of time in harvests, not years — good ones, not so good ones, and the ones they painfully remember but would rather forget. So it’s no surprise that 51-year-old Kevin Buis, the reigning Niagara Wine Festival’s grape king, says he been…
 Management at Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh & Muskoka Lakes Winery asked themselves the question: What could they do with the farm’s white and light coloured cranberries? Photos courtesy of Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh & Muskoka Lakes Winery. Innovation often comes out of a question. In the case of the Johnston’s, the question was:…
February 10, 2015, Milton, Ont – In its 36th year, the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association will induct seven leaders into the Hall of Fame Gallery at Country Heritage Park in Milton on June 14, 2015. Among those seven will be Peter Martin Lindley, a fruit and vegetable producer…
  December 15, 2014, Vaughan, Ont – The federal government recently announced a $782,000 repayable contribution to Riverside Natural Foods Ltd. to help the company commercialize its organic snack foods. This support from the AgriInnovation Program will help the company purchase new equipment to produce organic bars and snacks. With…
Lisa Jenereux explains her crop load management regime to NSFGA orchard tour visitors. Photo by Dan Woolley   The Nova Scotia Fruit Growers’ Association annual tour participants had an opportunity to talk crop load, peach thinning, apple rootstocks and pears during an orchard stop at the Spurr Brothers’ orchard in…
May 26, 2014, Prince George, BC – Before there can be Northern Lights wine, there must first be northern leaves. From the leaves and flowers will come fruit and from the fruit will come the north’s first commercially produced estate vino. Winery owners Pat Bell and his son Doug were…
May 20, 2014, Oliver, BC – Kismet Estate Winery celebrated its grand opening on recently, becoming the newest addition to the more than 30 wineries in the Oliver area. Kismet, the Punjabi word for destiny and karma is the end result of nearly 20 years of grape growing for Sukhwinder…
Gourmet Ontario raisins – who would have thought? This unusual story officially starts in 2008, but the origins go back another two decades. It began in 1986, when Klaus Reif and his staff at Reif Estate Winery in Niagara started working with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) on…
April 11, 2014 - Glenn and Deb Harrison, who run a broiler chicken operation outside of Uxbridge, Ont., are pleased to talk about how recent changes to the lighting used in their barns has resulted in many benefits apart from energy savings alone. Last year, the couple participated the (now…
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