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Christmas starts in July for Ontario flower growers

Colonial Florists’ popular Frosty Fern

While the rest of us are soaking up the sunshine, enjoying the hot weather and barbecuing on the beach, Ron van der Zalm is thinking about Christmas.

He’s a greenhouse flower grower in St. Catharines, Ontario and the height of summer is when he starts growing popular Christmas plants […]

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Local food love reflected in popularity of food media tour

Ontario just marked its second annual Local Food Week.

Although there were a multitude of events going on across the province, including a Foodland Ontario-run Twitter party and a one-day farmers’ market at Queen’s Park, the highlight for me was a Farm & Food Care Ontario media tour in the Ottawa area.

It was […]

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The ups and downs of sharing life on social media

Carrie Mess aka @dairycarrie speaks at the Farm & Food Care Ontario annual meeting.

Milton ON – There’s no doubt that the advent of social media has changed how we communicate.

With a few taps on a tablet or smart phone screen, you can share images, information, and opinion with pretty much anyone, anywhere.

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Plenty of room to grow Ontario’s beef herd in the North

Beef cattle in northern Ontario – photo courtesy of Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance

The price of land is a big barrier to growing the province’s beef cow numbers, but northern Ontario may offer a solution for farmers seeking new opportunities.

“Northern Ontario, where land is cheaper and could work for cows, is a […]

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Behind the scenes on a large Ontario farm

Food and Farming Canada logo

Alex Burnett, and son Darryl with wife Anita and their four young children – all of Burnett Farms – hosted Toronto area food media on their grain farm recently.

I suppose some might consider what I visited several weeks ago a “factory farm”.

I’ve yet to actually meet someone who could give me a […]

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