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
I live in a rural area, meaning there is a significant amount of farmland and family-run farms surrounding my own family farm. I would argue that the region in which I live will likely always have agricultural affiliations, however, not all current rural regions can say the same. My mom and I recently drove down a … More More People, Less Food?
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 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
I came across an article via The New York Times the other evening titled “Farm Population Lowest Since 1850s.”Naturally intrigued, I began reading the article and was alarmed when I came across the following statistics: “An estimated 240,000 people left the land last year, dropping the nation’s farm population to its lowest level since before … More Where Did the Farmers Go?
My dad and uncle are chicken farmers, and together they raise chickens for Maple Lodge, a poultry company affiliated with the Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO). I chose to focus one of my school assignments on the CFO, and after doing extensive research and learning about the company, I thought I would share my findings … More The Chicken Farmers of Ontario
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
I have found that when you are operating a tractor for an extended duration of time, you have ample opportunity to allow your mind to wander and ponder things you may not have deeply thought about on other occasions. As I was rolling straw in a new ginseng garden a couple of days ago alongside … More The Importance of Migrant Workers in Agriculture
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 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
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
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
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
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
I often get the impression from persons who are unfamiliar with agriculture that they feel as though being a farmer fails to be an intense and dedicated occupation. Whether it be because said persons have never been exposed to agriculture or they are entirely ignorant regarding farming and what it entails, I always try my … More A Day in the Life of a Farmer