By: David Cohlmeyer Published: David Cohlmyer November 2013 Newsletter
It is such a joy to see that Kathleen Wynn’s Ontario government and her Ministry of Agriculture starting to appreciate that local agriculture and food is already the largest contributor to the economy, and with some help could once again become even larger. On the […]
The Local Food Fund is designed to support innovative local food projects that celebrate local food, and help create jobs and economic growth in Ontario. The Fund will support projects in four categories:
Regional and Local Food Networks Enhanced Technologies, Capacity and/or Minor Capital Research and Best Practices Education, Marketing and Outreach
Published: CBC News, November 7, 2013
A farmer in northeastern Ontario says the province’s new local food act is a good start, but doesn’t go far enough.
This week, the province introduced legislation to promote food grown, harvested and processed in Ontario.
It also means a non-refundable tax credit of 25 per cent for farmers […]
By: Helen Browning Published: The Ecologist, Nov. 8, 2013
As a farmer, my foremost responsibility is to protect and enhance the soil in my care. It can take more than 500 years to generate an inch of soil, yet our farming activity can erode or degrade it in a decade or two if we […]
Published: Huffington Canada, November 5, 2013 This week, the Ontario Government made history by becoming the first province in Canada to provide a tax credit for farmers who donate fruits and vegetables to local food banks. Beginning in January 2014, farmers in Ontario will receive a 25 per cent tax credit based on the […]
The International Year of Family Farming 2014 will be officially launched on 22 November 2013, at UN Headquarters in New York, from 3 to 5 pm. The event will feature a panel discussion on family farming, with presentations from high-level officials such as the General Assembly President, the UN Secretary-General, the ECOSOC President, and […]
Published: CTV News, November 6, 2013
Farming is a job that has long been dominated by men, but that is changing, and getting both genders more involved in the business is a good thing.
Whether Jennifer Vandeveld is working on the farm or hitting the books, the wife, mother and part-time teacher gets some strange […]
Published: CTV News November 5, 2013
Southwestern Ontario is a prosperous agricultural region, but one that is changing rapidly.
Farmers across the region and across the country are getting older and some are looking to get out of the farming business entirely. During the 1990s, commodity prices fell, making it harder for farmers to make […]
By: Don Pittis Published: CBC News, Nov. 11, 2013
If you knew there was a very safe Canadian investment that skyrocketed by 20 per cent last year, you’d probably say that was a good thing.
But when the thing that’s going up in value is farmland, Christie Young says it’s a crisis in the making.
By: Colin Daileda, Published: Mashable, November 5, 2013
Sustainable Microfarms envisions a future in which anyone can maintain a hydroponic farm because growing produce won’t require soil, lots of land or knowledge of the nutrients that their plants need to survive.
Hydroponic farms work by dipping plants in mineral-rich water in lieu of soil. Sustainable […]