Like most livestock farmers, Peter and Angela Freeman are passionate about the four-legged beasts in their charge. They care about animal welfare, and market forces drive them to be innovative marketers and adopt new technologies. So what sets them apart? Owners of Hartley’s, the Freemans are crocodile farmers in the northern part of the Australian […]
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 in his greenhouse, like Poinsettias, Cyclamen […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 logical spot. There are 16 million under-used acres in the Great Clay Belt,” Beef Farmers […]
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 […]
Another undercover video of farm animal abuse – this time on a BC dairy farm – means another black eye for farmers in the media. Those of us in farming know these terrible incidents are by far the exception and not the norm – but the many millions who see or read the bad news […]
Do you wonder who actually produces our food? Would you like to learn more about who Ontario’s farmers actually are? A website launched last fall by Farm & Food Care will let you do just that. It was inspired by the organization’s popular Faces of Farming calendar, but also includes stories that have been written […]
Farm & Food Care is leading efforts on behalf of Ontario farmers to encourage Ontarians to support local food – and they’re turning online to reach out to consumers. June 2 – 8 marks the first-ever Local Food Week in Ontario, which was part of the Local Food Act the provincial government passed last year.
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 […]
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.
There’s a crisis in agriculture. It’s an oft-repeated statement, one that at times comes from beef and pork farmers, and other times from the grain or the fruit and vegetable growers. In fact, it seems as though there’s always a crisis in agriculture – perhaps in different sectors at different times, but it always seems […]
The Internet is a wonderful thing. It brings the world to our fingertips, regardless of where we might be. However, it also makes easier than ever before to spread rumours, misinformation and half-truths. And there’s a lot of that floating around out there – in both new and conventional media – about agriculture and what […]
Today marked an important milestone in Canada – and it probably went unnoticed by most of us. February 12 is 2009’s Food Freedom Day, the day when Canadians have earned enough money to pay for their year’s grocery bill.
There are days when I really love my job. And today was one of them. I was in Vineland, Ontario today as part of a series of spokesperson training sessions that my organization, AGCare, has been hosting together with the Ontario Farm Animal Council and our facilitator, media guru Wallace Pidgeon of Brick and Ball […]