March and April have been busy months for FarmStart’s Training and Resource Intern Rebecca Hodges. She has been attending tours and workshops left right and center! Here is her account of the two workshops she attended!
Buying a Farm Workshop
By Vandana Shiva The Indypendent, February 12, 2012
The seed is the first link in the food chain – and seed sovereignty is the foundation of food sovereignty. If farmers do not have their own seeds or access to open pollinated varieties that they can save, improve and exchange, they have no seed sovereignty – and […]
By Emelie Swackhamer Beneficial insects do a lot of pest management naturally, with little help from us. Many people are interested in having populations of beneficial insects inhabit their fields, high tunnels and greenhouses.
Beneficial insects do a lot of pest management naturally, with little help from us. Lady beetles, syrphid fly larvae, […]
by Kevin Hursh FCC Express, April 13, 2012
“This new loan offers qualified producers who are under 40 years of age loans of up […]
Would you like to see a coordinated approach to food policies and programming in Ontario? How could we get there? How about a comprehensive, coordinated strategy? Over the last couple of years, a team of organizations has been working on creating a Strategy for Healthy Food and Farming, and they want your help!
Between April […]
Powerline Films has been traveling across Ontario gathering stories of people and places that are transforming the future of food. Created in partnership with Sustain Ontario and more than a dozen partners, these videos shine light on good food ideas from many regions of our province. Informative, beautiful, and engaging, these videos are sure to inspire.
By Michael McCarthy The Independent, April 6, 2012 A commonly used nerve-agent pesticide is the likely culprit in sharp worldwide declines in honey bee colonies in the last five years, a scientific study claimed yesterday.
Imidacloprid, one of the neonicotinoid family of pesticides introduced over the past 15 years, is likely to be […]
FarmStart farmers can receive assistance through the seed capital program to purchase seeds, small tools and other equipment. This “pass on the gift” concept, introduced by Heifer International (one of our funders), requires new farmers who receive this funding to pass on the value of the assistance they receive as a gift to another […]
Geoff Zehnder, Clemson University eOrganic
Proponents of organic farming have long promoted the view that the likelihood of pest outbreaks is reduced with organic farming practices, including establishment and maintenance of “healthy” soil . Recent studies have shown that plant resistance to insect and disease pests is linked to optimal physical, chemical, and—perhaps most importantly—biological […]
Tickets for the special reception of the Growing Good Food Ideas videos launch are now sold out. For anyone wishing to attend the event who didn’t get a ticket or cannot make it in person, OMAFRA will be offering a live webcast of this event through WebEx. To join us on […]