What started out as a simple idea to add variety to the prairie diet through the winter months has sprouted into a successful family business.
As Ontario farmers Brent Preston and wife Gillian Flies lugged their heavy tarps out during each new planting season, they pondered ground cover options for their farm at Creemore. The tarps were working well but would lighter weight ground cover fabric do the same job with less expense and less hassle?
Published in Research
Through the months of February and March, Top Crop Manager, Fruit and Vegetable, Canadian Poultry, Manure Manager and Potatoes in Canada – the agricultural magazines published by parent company Annex Business Media – polled their readers to find out their opinions on their succession plans and the future of farming in Canada.
A life-time of giving back to the farming community was acknowledged earlier this year as Simcoe farmer Ken Porteous was named to the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame.
For the first time, the University of California has hired a Cooperative Extension specialist dedicated to organic agriculture.
Cranberries were pushed into the spotlight a couple of decades ago after a number of different research initiatives showed off the fruit’s health benefits. Since then, consumer demand has been high and new cranberry products have been developed. Capitalizing on this growth, growers in Canada have been planting new bogs, renovating old ones and otherwise expanding acreage of the tart red berry.
Published in Fruit
Excellence is not a skill, it is an attitude. The Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association (OFFMA) recently recognized excellence among its members at its annual Awards Gala.
Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) announced that its board of directors has appointed Ian Potter as chief executive officer effective April 1, 2019. Potter will also join the Vineland board of directors at that time.
For 14 years Chris Van de Laar has spent his time climbing the corporate ladder and developing a love affair with banking and finance. While an account manager with Scotiabank at rural Ontario branches in Listowel and Goderich, he handled a number of agriculture accounts, until moving into faster-paced commercial banking, and finally, he was offered a vice-president position.
Bull’s Blood and Chioggia beets, Bright Lights Swiss chard, Kentucky Wonder pole beans, these vegetables, along with thousands of other open-pollinated varieties, were common place in Canada long before my mother planted her first garden. Who knew they would be coveted as precious heirlooms by her grandchildren’s generation?
Published in Organic production
Farmers are the most innovative people I know. If there is money to be made, they will consider it, try it, personalize it and sell it.
Published in Marketing
Selling directly to consumers is a strong trend in farming these days, and it’s no wonder why. More profit is kept by the farmer and demand for local food is higher than ever. Consumers also want to get to know, if they can, who produces their food.
When he was 12 years old, Owen Bridge had an encounter that would change his life. He met Dan Jason, the writer, activist and seed guru behind Salt Spring Seeds in B.C. Dan placed seeds from three rare bean varieties in Owen's hand, and assigned him a very special job: Growing and caring for them so they wouldn't disappear.
Published in Organic production
Grape grower Bill George Jr. was elected as the new chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) at the organization’s 160th annual general meeting, after serving two years in the vice chair position. He takes over the role from greenhouse grower Jan VanderHout, who became chair in 2017. Apple grower Charles Stevens is the new OFVGA vice chair.
Longtime horticultural labour issues advisor Ken Linington is the winner of this year’s Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) Industry Award of Merit.
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) held elections during its 2019 AGM for the positions of president, first vice-president and second vice-president. The new executive team will be focused on the key CFA priorities of the Producing Prosperity campaign, ensuring the pillars of economics, food security and the environment are at the forefront of Canadian agriculture.
A cutting-edge University of Winnipeg research project could transform the way we produce food, allowing farmers in Canada and beyond to care for large prairie crops as efficiently as a backyard garden, thanks to a $250,000 Weston Seeding Food Innovation grant.
The start of a new year is something I tend to look forward to. There is nothing more promising than an untouched calendar with blank days just waiting to be filled with the highs and lows of what is sure to be another eventful chapter.
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) has calculated that by Feb. 9, 2019, a Canadian household of average income will have earned enough to pay their entire year's grocery bill.
Published in Research
When a new crop takes off, it’s not unusual that specialty equipment is designed and commercialized in order to make things easier. In this case, the crop is garlic, and the equipment is a planter and an add-on under-cutter (both pulled behind a tractor), designed and manufactured by Garlic-EEZ of Dundalk, Ont., owned by garlic grower Ken Hunt.
Published in Planting
Weed management through genetic testingCanadian vegetable growers spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each…
Organic animal farms benefit birds nesting in agricultural environmentsThe abundance of bird species living in agricultural environments has…
Holos software educates on effects of new farming practicesGreenhouse gas is a significant player in climate change and…
Be prepared for unwanted visitors on the farmTrespassing on farm property is a growing concern for Ontario…
Grower Day Tue Jun 18, 2019
Hops Eastern Ontario Field WorkshopTue Jun 18, 2019
European Organic CongressThu Jun 20, 2019
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