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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 a […]

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The ups and downs of sharing life on social media

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. That has both advantages and disadvantages, as three farmers active on social media shared at […]

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Behind the scenes on a large Ontario farm

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 clear definition of what that term means when I’ve asked, but at first glance, the farm fits many of the notions people often tend to associate with that expression: a […]

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Jumping on the selfie bandwagon farmer-style

The Oxford Dictionaries selected “selfie” as their word of the year for 2013. It’s a commonly used expression for describing a photo you’ve taken of yourself – most likely one with your smartphone held at arm’s length in front of you in some way. Although there’s online evidence to show it was first used in […]

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Our love affair with smartphones is still growing

My first cell phone made phone calls. And that’s it. There was nothing smart about it. In fact, when you left the digital network urban areas, you had to insert an extra adapter so it would continue to work in then-still analog rural Ontario. The ups and recently mostly downs of homegrown mobile device pioneer […]

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What farmers can learn from Chris Hadfield

Commander Chris Hadfield returned to earth last month as Canada’s latest national hero. He’s the first Canadian to command the International Space Station, helped conduct a record-breaking 130 experiments in space and even presided over a last-minute spacewalk by two fellow astronauts to fix an ammonia leak on the station a few days before he […]

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Apple grower featured in Faces of Farming calendar

She was the winner of the Golden Apple Award for industry service and leadership at the 2011 OFVGA annual meeting. Now, in 2012, Cathy McKay will also be a calendar model. She is the first-ever apple grower to be featured in the popular Faces of Farming calendar, produced annually to promote awareness of food and […]

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Canadian love affair with food and farming heating up

A new survey shows that our love affair with food and farming in Canada is intensifying. Personally I’ve long been an advocate but now some new Ipsos Reid numbers are showing that I’m not alone – the Canadian public’s positive perceptions of agriculture are on the rise. More than half – 57 percent – of […]

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Unveiling the “real” dirt on Canadian farming

Curious about where our food comes from? Wondering about hormones, antibiotics, GMOs and other things linked to modern agriculture? Worried about environmental impacts of agriculture? Looking to connect the dots between the food we eat and our health? A new national publication promises the answers to all these questions and more as it tackles the […]

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Sexy calendar puts new face on farmers

A gorgeous new calendar showcasing the photos and stories of 12 Ontario farmers has been released just in time for Christmas. The popular “Faces of Farming” calendar, now in its sixth year, puts a different and real face on today’s farmers who produce food in Ontario.

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Only 336 days to go!

That’s our count down to the kick off of the 2011 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists’ annual congress. In case you’re wondering why I’m interested – I’m co-chair of this event and we’re going to be hosting it in Canada, Guelph and Niagara Falls to be exact, for the first time in over 40 years! […]

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Awards from the Canadian Farm Writers

I’m not usually one for shameless self-promotion, but in this instance, I can’t help but share some very good news. I was totally thrilled to learn this past weekend that I was the winner of not one but two writing awards at the Canadian Farm Writers Federation (CFWF) annual banquet on Saturday night.

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Reports on pesticide residue may be misleading

We’re in the middle of prime fruit and vegetable season. The heat and sun of the summer bring with them roadside stands, farmers markets and local food stores brimming with fresh, Ontario-grown produce. I, for one, as someone who supports local food production and values Ontario’s farmers, am in my element as I’m revelling in […]

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A visit to a Canadian egg farm

Eggs are a Canadian breakfast staple. They’re also popular at other mealtimes and as ingredients in countless recipes. But do you ever wonder how eggs are made and where they come from? I had the chance to find out first hand a couple of weeks ago during a visit to an egg farm north of […]

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Speaking up for food and farming

Most of us in agriculture have the same gripe. Whether we farm or whether we work for or with farmers, our common complaint is that agriculture is misunderstood. The general public doesn’t “get” what we do because they don’t know. And we’re often a little amazed at how much people don’t know, especially about things […]

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