Here’s how Hawaii’s farming industry has been pummeled by weather

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

Are Dollar Beers Really A Good Thing?

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?

Here’s How Social Media Destroyed this Local Farm

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

Suicide Amongst Farmers

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

How Reliable is PETA?

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?

Small Town Living

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

Ontario Farm Fresh

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

Misperceptions About Canadian Agriculture

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

The Lack of Appreciation for Tobacco in Ontario

My mom and dad recently returned home from their vacation to North Carolina. They drove down, therefore they made several stops in small farm towns, and they spent a majority of their time in Raleigh and Durham. Regarding Durham in particular, my parents were astounded with the tobacco heritage that continues to exist there current … More The Lack of Appreciation for Tobacco in Ontario

Better Farming Magazine

Better Farming is the biggest and best magazine for Ontario’s business farmers, according to their website. It was launched by AgMedia in 1999 and continues the proud tradition of editorial excellence of its predecessor, Farm & Country. Better Farming‘s professional approach to ag journalism sets them apart from other agricultural media outlets and defines their service … More Better Farming Magazine

The 2017 Norfolk County Fair’s Faces of Women in Agriculture Panel

On Friday evening my mom, grandma and I went to the Norfolk County Fair’s very first Women in Agriculture Panel. The event was organized independently by my own sister, Danielle, and I could not be more proud of how successfully she executed this panel. The tremendous work she dedicated to this project is worthy of recognition, … More The 2017 Norfolk County Fair’s Faces of Women in Agriculture Panel

The Increasing Popularity of Plant-Based Proteins

Veganism and furthermore vegetarianism have truly increased in popularity in recent years. Vegetarianism is a concept that has existed for decades, however veganism is more recent in its existence yet it continues to gain recognition in contemporary society. Vegetarianism is the choice to abstain from eating any animal-based protein, for example meat or fish. Veganism … More The Increasing Popularity of Plant-Based Proteins

John Deere

John Deere is arguably one of the largest and most successful agricultural corporations in history. The company manufactures and produces not only agricultural equipment, but furthermore construction machinery, forestry equipment, diesel engines, drivetrains including axles, transmissions and gearboxes used in heavy machinery, and lawn care and maintenance equipment. As of 2016, it ranked #97 within … More John Deere

The Lack of Appreciation Regarding Farmers in Contemporary Society

I have always found it rather bothersome that farmers seem to be forgotten when it comes to appreciating specific occupations in contemporary society. There are particular careers that undoubtably receive more recognition than others, for example doctors, police officers and teachers, and as much as I, too, appreciate these occupations, I definitely think farmers should … More The Lack of Appreciation Regarding Farmers in Contemporary Society

The Disconnect Between Rural and Urban Environments

Last weekend my mom and I watched a documentary on Netflix titled Farmland. It features several different farmers and the particular sector of agriculture they associate themselves and their farms with, and it inspired me to discuss the disconnect that exists between rural and urban environments. One of the main themes of the film is … More The Disconnect Between Rural and Urban Environments

The Underrepresentation of Women in Agriculture

Agriculture and farming is perceived to be a male dominated industry. It has been associated with masculinity throughout history and such association still exists in contemporary society, making it difficult for women in the field to challenge this stereotypical interpretation of the industry. I recently read an article on CBC.ca by Courtney Markewich discussing the … More The Underrepresentation of Women in Agriculture

The Impact of Recent Wildfires on Agricultural Communities

Yesterday afternoon my dad phoned me and asked me to go on Facebook and view a page titled Thank a Farmer. The page had posted an image of recent wildfires that have plagued several Southern states – the statement is as follows: “Last week tragedy struck four states in our agricultural community but we have … More The Impact of Recent Wildfires on Agricultural Communities