Month: November 2010

Protecting the environment – one farm at a time

Folks in food and farming talk a lot about all the things farmers do to protect the environment – but often in somewhat general terms. Here’s a real life example in Terry, a farmer and business owner from the Stouffville area. I interviewed him this past summer for an article that I was writing and […]

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An Ontario farmer’s direct marketing success story

Consumers, local food advocates and others ask me why more farmers don’t market their products – grains, meats, fruits and vegetables – directly to the end user. Building that one-on-one relationship would help boost the availability of local food products, they argue, as well as protect farmers from fluctuating global commodity prices. It’s not quite […]

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In the fields of remembrance

I’ve always had a special connection to Remembrance Day – ever since I was lucky enough to visit Vimy Ridge as part of a school trip when I was 16. I have also been fortunate enough to participate in the national service in Ottawa one year when I was the Canada-wide winner of an essay […]

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Your chance to tour real Ontario farms

If you’re interested in touring real Ontario farms and meeting real Ontario farmers – but have no way of knowing how to go about that – here’s a new option for you. Yes, this week you can head down to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto and learn all sorts about food and farming […]

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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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