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From rural Ontario to Alcatraz

Guelph grad leads garden restoration on Alcatraz

I’ve long wanted to visit Alcatraz, the notorious prison island off the coast of San Francisco commonly called simply “The Rock”.

I didn’t make it there during my first trip to the area almost a decade ago; back then, I didn’t realize you had to buy tickets […]

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Behind the scenes on a large Ontario farm

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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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More cooking, better labelling can address food waste

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I’ve written about food waste before: here and here, for example.

The statistics that are often used to quantify the shocking amount of food that we produce but end up discarding are staggering.

Not only are we wasting the actual food, but we’re also throwing out the water, energy and other resources we’ve used to […]

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Meet an Ontario fruit farmer

Tregunno family fruit farm

Family tradition is an important part of Ontario’s farming culture.

Innovation and new technology, however, are what helps keep that family tradition going for the future generations.

Fruit grower Phil Tregunno is proud of being the fourth generation of his family to farm in the Niagara Region – and with his two sons and a […]

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Welfare-friendly housing for young chickens

Egg farmer Chris Mullet Koop

Chris Mullet Koop didn’t set out to start raising his own pullets (young chickens).

He really just wanted to convert his layer barn into an enriched colony system – but as these things sometimes go, one thing led to another and then another.

Now, he’s the first farmer in North America with an innovative enriched […]

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