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Beer and Butter Tarts

If you’re looking for Canadian blogs about food and drink, head over to Beer and Butter Tarts and see what they have on offer. The site is a food and drink blog aggregator, which means you can easily access the latest posts from many different food bloggers from across the country. It’s run by the […]

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Top food and farming posts

I’ve been blogging about food and farming for about two and a half years. Here are the most popular posts I’ve written on this blog during that time. Some of the earlier ones were posted before I linked this blog to Twitter, which is why you’ll see low or non-existant tweet counts on those pages.

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What’s wrong with this picture?

That’s what we wanted to know about the picture below when a group of us from the Eastern Canada Farm Writers Association recently paid a visit to an onion farm in the Holland Marsh. To us, it seemed like a bin of perfectly good onions, just waiting for someone to bag, buy, cook and eat. […]

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An IFAJ congress in food and drink

Last month, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the International Federation of Agriculture Journalists (IFAJ) annual congress, which took place in Belgium and Luxembourg. Much to my satisfaction – as one who really loves to eat – food and drink played a key role in this gathering of those who write about […]

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Return of the ash

There was a bit of deja-vu in the air along with the ash as I read in the news this morning that an airport-closing plume had made another appearance in Britain. It seems a bit like old news now – but a few short weeks ago, the impossibly-named volcano in Iceland that had somehow managed […]

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Ontario farm journalists honoured

Two long-time Ontario agricultural journalists were honoured for their contributions to farm writing by the Eastern Canada Farm Writers’ Association (ECFWA) at its annual meeting last week. Glenn Powell and Jim Romahn became Life Members, a designation awarded by the ECFWA to agricultural journalists who have made outstanding contributions to agriculture, to the ECFWA, to […]

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Farm writers elect new president

There’s a new leader at the helm of the Eastern Canada Farm Writers’ Association (ECFWA). Clare Illingworth, a communications specialist with Syngenta Crop Protection, became president of the organization at its annual meeting this week. Illingworth, who has served on the ECFWA board for several years, first as a director and most recently as Second […]

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Students showcase Canadian food, farming

The following is a guest post by University of Guelph student Rebecca Hannam, who recently participated in a student exchange with agricultural communications students at Oklahoma State University. Members of CanACT, the Canadian Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow at the University of Guelph who visited Oklahoma State University (OSU) earlier this semester were featured in this […]

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Boots, buckles and excellent editing

The following is a guest post by University of Guelph student Rebecca Hannam, who recently participated in a student exchange with ag communications students at Oklahoma State University. **** Members of CanACT, the Canadian Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow at the University of Guelph visited Oklahoma State University (OSU) recently and learned that Oklahomans are proud […]

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Teats and tweets

A unique project brings daily activities of milking cows to new media tool Twitter. This article appears in this month’s Ontario Dairy Farmer magazine and is the full length version of shorter blog article I posted here a couple of weeks ago. They’re an unlikely team – a new media researcher in Waterloo, an English […]

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Cows that moo…and tweet!

A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to visit a dairy farm in Brant County, southwest of Toronto. It was a beautiful farm with a state of the art robotic milking system – which basically means, the cows decide for themselves when they’re ready to be milked and the machine takes care of […]

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Farmers get some PR pointers

This is a longer version of a post I put up last week – and this article is also printed in the Ontario Farmer this week. *** An episode of Oprah. A film called Food Inc. A hard-hitting Time magazine cover story. A series in the Toronto Star. The last year was not a good […]

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Young Leader Award winners announced

Some great news to start off the week: I have just learned that I am one of the winners of the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders Award this year! This means I’ll be attending the 2010 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists congress in Belgium this spring as one of ten young leaders from around the world. The […]

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Ending the year on a sad note

The connection of this post to food and farming is tenuous at best, but I do somehow feel the need to share it. The year ended on a sad note for Canada with the news of five more deaths in Afghanistan on December 30th. Of particular interest is the fact that one of the dead […]

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The great Internet divide

The Internet has become inextricably intertwined with my daily life – to the point where I can’t image living without it and have a hard time remembering the days when I did. High speed internet access is something I’ve pretty much taken for granted, having always lived and worked in urban areas since it became […]

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