If you’re a resident of Ontario, chances are you’re probably wondering what in the heck it is that Mother Nature is all in a dither over. I shouldn’t say Ontario specifically. The weather is wonky all across the country, and worldwide. From what I’ve gathered, most of us are rather fed up with the so-called … More Fed up with the weather? Think about the farmers
Soil health is of utmost importance to farmers. Contaminated soil presents a multitude of problems both in terms of crop production and environmental sustainability, therefore maintaining soil health is an absolute must. So, what can be done to reverse soil contamination? Well, for a farmer in Italy, hemp has done the job. An article originally … More Using hemp to purify soil
Keeping plants alive has never been my strength. My struggle to do so is perhaps surprising, considering my mom and sister are fantastic gardeners, and my dad, along with his experience with tobacco, ginseng, chickens and cash crop, was a tree farmer in the past with the help of my mom. You would think I … More Cursed with a black thumb? Try a Bella Palm
Controversial footage of cows and their calves being mistreated at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana has recently gone viral. The footage depicts farm employees aggressively handling and, in some instances, beating calves and cows. Understandably, a lot of people are concerned. Although it was difficult to watch the footage, I did so to ensure I had … More Animal abuse: know your facts
I stumbled across an article recently from The Toronto Star that struck a nerve. I encourage you to take a look at the article, and further to hear me out. I’m not going to give a complete summation of the articles’ context, but, in short, it discusses yet another instance of foreign temporary workers being … More Advocating for foreign temporary farm workers
Weeds are not my friend. I doubt they’re anyone’s friend, really, but I’m really not a fan. You work to keep your luscious flowerbeds free of weeds, or perhaps your interlocking stone driveway, yet despite your efforts, these guys find a way to make a noticeable return. It really is quite frustrating. They’re relentless. I … More Here’s how to make your own DIY weed killer
Spring in Ontario thus far has been incredibly wet. Too wet, to be honest. Rain seems continuous at this point, and with sunny days becoming more and more of a rarity, farmers and ag industry members are feeling the pressure. Spring is a crucial time of year for farmers. Ground is worked to prepare for … More Lend an ear to a farmer this Spring
So often I come across people that self-identify as either a cat person or a dog person. My question is, why can’t a person love both dogs and cats? I realize that many of us do, in fact, identify as someone who loves cats and dogs equally. I include myself in that identification. What intrigues … More Not a cat person? You’re missing out
Perhaps I’m a little early with this post, but with spring approaching, I thought it might be neat to do some research and determine ways to enhance your gardening game. I’m no gardener myself, but my sister is, and I help her with her garden, which she uses for her business, on occasion. Whether you … More Gardening hacks
I recently heard about two separate incidents involving dairy farms and animal activists – one in Ontario and one in the U.S. One of the incidents involved animal activists trespassing onto the farmer’s property and entering their dairy barn without permission to emphasize their disapproval of dairy farming and other producers in the industry. While … More The dangers of activist trespassing
Canadian Agriculture Day was on Feb. 12, and although a few days have passed since this tremendous social media initiative occurred, I still wanted to draw attention to it as it is such an important day of celebration in our country. Before I delve into the topic any further, I wanted to mention ag Twitter. … More Celebrating #CdnAgDay
Growing up in the presence of migrant workers has truly opened my eyes to how important they are to Canada’s agricultural industry. My dad and uncle, who operate and manage the family farming business together, have been employing migrant workers for as long as I can remember. Together, they bring up 20 guys annually, and … More Appreciating migrant farm workers
There is a chance you glimpsed at the title of this post and thought to yourself, “what in the actual hell? How could anyone respect something that has such a negative connotation affiliated with it?” And these thoughts are warranted, assuming you’re not familiar with the rich heritage tobacco has in the province of Ontario. … More Respect for tobacco
Three in five wild coffee species are on the brink of extinction, thanks to climate change, disease and infestation, and deforestation, a Wednesday Physorg article said. A tremendous amount of coffee is consumed daily – over two billion cups, to be exact. However, the coffee industry is entirely reliant on the wild varieties grown in … More Could coffee become extinct?
I often tell people who are not involved with the ag industry that it’s one that stands on its own. It’s completely unique and dynamic in its own, independent way. It’s difficult to explain the sense of interconnectedness that exists between ag folk, but I’ll give it my best shot. I have lived on our … More Interconnectedness in the ag community
I came across a Tweet recently that, quite honestly, made my blood boil. It’s probable that the individual who posted this Tweet did so merely to spark outrage and reaction from other Twitter users, hence why I chose not to engage. However, their opinion towards farming and further farmers is incredibly disrespectful, and the user … More A lack of agricultural understanding
An article from Phys.org discusses the findings of a new report from scientists at Imperial College London that shows six trillion cigarettes, produced annually, can influence climate change, water and land use, and toxicity. It goes on to detail how the process of farming tobacco leads to significant land use, water consumption, use of pesticides and … More A hate for tobacco
I was fortunate enough to attend this year’s Canadian Outdoor Farm Show (COFS) for my job. I had never been to the show prior to this year as it occurs during the busy season on our own farm, but after hearing about it for years, I was looking forward to seeing what it’s all about … More The Canadian Outdoor Farm Show
Before I delve into this topic, I want to state that the purpose of this post is not to insult or criticize anyone’s personal opinions or views towards the consumption of meat. I eat meat personally, but I respect those who don’t. I feel it is important to make mention of this before I begin. … More Animal activists are causing bodily harm attempting “outreach” to truckers
An article from the Washington Post recently caught my attention. Written by Breena Kerr and Lynh Bui, it’s opening line reads “Historic, torrential April rains on the island of Kauai wiped out much of Hawaii’s taro crops — the main ingredient in poi and a staple carb of the island diet.” So often when we hear … More Here’s how Hawaii’s farming industry has been pummeled by weather
Doug Ford’s ‘Buck A Beer’ legislation is definitely a prominent topic of conversation in Ontario as of late, arguably for obvious reasons. People are pumped, and on a surface level, dollar beers seem like a fantastic idea. Everyone saves money, everyone is happy, right? Not according to some Ontario breweries, an article by CBC reports. … More Are Dollar Beers Really A Good Thing?
An article by The Globe and Mail discussing how social media has potentially devastated the Bogle sunflower farm in Ontario has myself and many other individuals reeling. The Bogles’ family farm consists of breath-taking fields of colourful and vibrant sunflowers which, prior to now, was open to tourists to enter and take photos in. The Bogles’ … More Here’s How Social Media Destroyed this Local Farm
It’s summertime here in Ontario, and summer in the farming community signifies far more than an increase in temperatures. With warmer weather comes an abundance of locally available produce, items that farmers and growers tirelessly produce for public consumption. From my own understanding, a lot of people do, in fact, eat, buy, and support locally. … More Eat, Buy, and Support Local
My sister shared the following photo on Facebook a few days ago, and the contents of this image really got me thinking. Posted by the National Farmers Union, this image is a disturbing reminder to consumers of just how imbalanced the profit farmers earn for the goods they produce is. Granted, the National Farmers Union … More What Do Farmers Really Make?
An article by Irina Ivanova titled “Farmers are Killing Themselves In Staggering Numbers” caught my attention the other day when it appeared in my Facebook newsfeed, unfortunately for the wrong reasons. I was aware that mental illness and suicide is prevalent in the farming community, but this article allowed me to recognize just how severe … More Suicide Amongst Farmers
I recently viewed a PETA video, narrated by Kat Graham, depicting the horrid condition of several hen barns in British Columbia. Unkept, inhumane, and blatantly unacceptable, the barns that were featured in this video are a poor example of how farming occurs in Canada. I am completely and entirely against animal cruelty in any way, … More How Reliable is PETA?
I identify as someone who thoroughly enjoys living in a small town. So often you hear negative comments about small towns, or even living in the countryside, but for those who have yet to experience small town living, these comments really are inaccurate. It is hard for me to articulate in words what exactly it … More Small Town Living
It’s arguable that you’ve detected my passion for agriculture and supporting farmers, therefore it should come as no surprise that I advocate for the website Ontario Farm Fresh. Ontario Farm Fresh is essentially a website that provides information about farmers and their farms in Ontario, encouraging site visitors to visit them and in turn buy … More Ontario Farm Fresh
For many people, getting stuck behind a tractor on a busy road is their worst nightmare. The tractor is often times pulling a piece of equipment, therefore it makes it difficult to pass because they take up a majority of both lanes. As much as I acknowledge the frustration that is affiliated with getting caught … More Respecting Agricultural Equipment on Roadways
So often I encounter individuals who are extremely uninformed about agricultural practices in Canada, specifically Ontario. I do not mean this as an insult; rather, as an observation. I have been passionate about agriculture and farming for as long as I can remember. Being born and raised, and further working on my family farm has taught … More Misperceptions About Canadian Agriculture