By: Frank Dabbs Published: Troy Media, Apr 27, 2014 “But for life the universe were nothing and all life requires is nourishment,” wrote American culinary maven Fannie Merritt Farmer in 1896. Hidden from the agricultural mainstream in Ontario an epicurean counterculture is rethinking the definition of nourishment, and organic herbs, teas, coffees, produce, fruits, maple […]
Published: CBC News, Apr 15, 2014
An entomologist with Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture is warning farmers to not be lulled into a false sense of security by thinking insects have been killed off by the extremely cold winter.
Tracey Baute says farmers may be hoping to see less harmful insect activity during the growing […]
By: Pat Shaver Published: The Pantagraph, April 05, 2014
Congerville farmer Henry Brockman admits he doesn’t understand Facebook.
“I’ve never seen Facebook with my own eyes,” said Brockman, whose business is called Henry’s Farm. Yet the Henry’s Farm Facebook page is updated frequently by his sister, Terra Brockman. Marketing online and in person has become […]
By Caitlin Hall of ReRoot Organic Farm
So soil, undoubtedly the most important piece of the gardening puzzle. Also possibly the most complex and difficult to understand, at least for someone like me who didn’t fare so well in high school biology. Despite this, I’ve found ways to ensure my soil is healthy, […]
By: Ramon J. Seidler Published: Mail Tribune, April 13, 2014 “GMO seeds have not been shown to definitively increase yield potentials” and “in fact, the yields of herbicide-tolerant or insect-resistant seeds may be occasionally lower than the yields of conventional varieties.” A February 2014 U.S. Department of Agriculture report declared what many scientists already knew: […]
By Sam Brasch Published: ModernFarmer, March 25, 2014 Raw milk vending machines are drawing plenty of European customers — and increasing amount of envy from raw milk advocates in the United States. Europe’s embrace of raw milk vending machines isn’t new. Such daring dispensers of unpasteurized dairy can be found in France, Croatia, Switzerland, […]
By: Nicholas Robinson Published: Food Manufacture.co.uk, 26-March-2014 Organic farmers are increasingly moving into food manufacturing in search of higher margins and greater financial security, it has emerged. To read more click here.
To learn about incorporating value added on your own farm, join the FarmStart Skills Building Tour: Value […]
From the cban website March 2014. GM Alfalfa Release Delayed! Your actions are working. Thanks to all your protest, we have kept GM alfalfa off the market this spring! The company Forage Genetics International (FGI) will not release genetically modified (GM) alfalfa this spring, thanks to farmer and consumer opposition. Your continued protest, […]
Neonicotinoids are dangerous to bees and other pollinators and are a primary cause of the massive bee deaths . A majority of the Court today rallied behind motions of the Animal Welfare Party for a national ban on the use of this insecticide in agriculture and retail sales . Neonicotinoids are relatively new agricultural […]