This past Thursday evening, my family and I reluctantly said goodbye to three of our seasonal migrant workers before they headed to Toronto Pearson Airport to catch a flight to go home to Mexico. I say reluctantly because as happy as we are for these men that they are able to return home and see … More The reality of saying goodbye to seasonal migrant workers
As of late, I would argue that the concept of ‘farm to table’ meals has gained tremendous popularity. Perhaps this stems from a desire from the general public to have a better understanding of how and where food is produced and prepared, and if so, I think an increase in this meal concept is a … More Looking for a unique dinner experience? Check out Thrive Norfolk
The agricultural industry is a tough one. Farming consists of a significant amount of time, work and effort, and is unfortunately often times at the mercy of Mother Nature. This year has been exceptionally tough for members of the ag industry. Between COVID-19 and the setbacks and complications caused by it and a tremendously dry … More Have you thanked a farmer recently?
Food waste is a real shame for multiple reasons. Not only could the food in question being tossed or discarded be used to feed someone who could truly use it, but it’s a wasted effort of farmers, truckers, factory workers, food processing plants, and any other profession associated with the food industry. All in all, … More Turning food waste into food bank donations
Food waste, as we are all aware, is becoming a significant issue in contemporary society. Wasting food is a terrible practice to become involved with as it simply isn’t necessary, and further, it is incredibly detrimental in a variety of different industries aside from an environmental setting. It hinders the hard work of farmers and … More Banning food waste, one state at a time
Plastic straws, as we are all aware, really aren’t a great concept. Sure, they get the job done, but they’re also responsible for a significant amount of ocean and plastic pollution and further have claimed the lives of many animals who mistakenly ingest them. All in all, they’re not so great. Over the past couple … More Supporting farmers and the environment with paper straws
For those of us who reside in Canada, gardening becomes a central component of spring and summer activities once the weather warms up. Many people plant gardens in hopes of being able to abstain from having to purchase certain vegetables and instead providing for themselves, and honestly, gardening is an all-around great practice to engage … More Have you heard of winter gardening?
In the agricultural industry, temporary foreign workers are crucial. Their help is essential in producing a variety of crops here in Ontario, but furthermore across North America. Our migrant workers begin to arrive in April and continue to come in segments into July. Some leave in October, others in November and even December depending on … More Appreciating temporary foreign workers more than ever
Here in Ontario, the month of May typically means the arrival of fresh, local asparagus. It’s something I always look forward to as asparagus is one of my favourite veggies, and I imagine a lot of other folks can relate. The asparagus season is a brief one, and even more so this year. The frost … More Get your asparagus on
I mentioned in a post a little while ago that a lot of us are finding ourselves having to contribute a little more than usual to certain things in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Perhaps these contributions are voluntary, or maybe they’re mandatory, but either way, a lot of us have had to pick … More Gaining knowledge on the farm
The COVID-19 outbreak has dramatically altered all of our lives in different ways. Perhaps you’re finding yourself going stir-crazy being cooped up indoors, or maybe you’ve been told to work from home and are struggling to adapt to this adjustment. Regardless of how this pandemic has impacted our lives, I think a lot of us … More Stepping up during COVID-19
There has been a tremendous push from the general public to recognize and celebrate individuals on the front lines that continue to work since the COVID-19 outbreak began. Doctors and nurses, factory workers, truckers and grocery store clerks are some of the professions that have been recipients of praise and gratitude throughout the pandemic we … More Why are we forgetting farmers on the frontlines?
When we think about what is involved to produce a crop, our thoughts typically go to soil, water and sunlight. These elements, in combination with care, equipment and labour, are core components of most types of farming, and without them, it would prove to be quite difficult to be successful in growing a crop. Something … More Growing crops with … mattresses?
The thought of working alongside family members is, for some people, terrifying. I’ve spoken with numerous individuals who positively refute the concept of working with family, their reluctance to do so typically being a result of their fear of clashing with their loved ones. If I’m being realistic, working with your family can get a … More The reality of working with family
For many farmers across Ontario, Autumn signifies a time during which things on the farm begin to slow down, depending on the crops being grown. And, for those farmers who are beginning to reduce their workload with the approaching colder weather, they’re likely getting ready to bid farewell to their employed migrant workers if they … More A tribute to migrant workers
October means go-time for any farmer who produces ginseng, which is exactly what my family and I have been doing for this past little while. Ginseng harvest typically happens in October, and for anyone who is unaware of what this type of harvest consists of, it involves digging up the root of the plant. A … More Finding treasures on the farm
A couple of evenings ago, the Brant County Federation of Agriculture held its annual meeting at my family’s farm. It was a pretty neat experience considering it was the first agricultural meeting I’ve ever attended, and I was able to meet some new people involved in the industry that I hadn’t been familiar with prior. … More Are you an agvocate?
My sister shared a post on Facebook via Farm and Food Care stating “Farms are private property, please be respectful.” I find it quite disheartening this has to be made known publicly, but either way, it’s an important message. Depending on the crop, it may be tempting to pull over on the side of the … More Is your selfie worth ruining a farmer’s crop?
Maintaining a healthy balance between work and our personal lives can be incredibly difficult at times. Depending on the circumstance, perhaps we find it almost impossible to establish a separation between the two, contributing to feelings of stress and frustration in the process. Depending on your line of work, and even your upbringing, you may … More Designating a work/life balance
Hemp is something I firmly believe is highly misunderstood in contemporary culture. Whether it be hemp itself, hemp extract, or hemp-based products, many of us, from my understanding, often associate hemp with cannabis, but in reality, there is a difference. And, luckily, an article originally published on Made By Hemp’s website provides us with some … More Here’s what you need to know about hemp extract
Eggs are pretty fantastic when you think about it. Not only are they delicious and simple to prepare, but they further contain a multitude of nutrients that benefit the human body. And, they’re a whole lot more, according to ThinkEgg’s website. Eggs actually contain the highest quality protein you can buy, and egg yolks happen … More Let’s talk about eggs
It seems to me that as of late, farmers have been the subject of unnecessary criticism and scrutiny. And, the longer I think about it, the more it becomes apparent that farmers have somewhat always been targeted for the profession they chose, one that we as a society depend upon tremendously. Recently, farmers and members … More Why are we villainizing farmers?
In working at Bonnieheath Estate, a lavender farm and winery, I’ve come to develop a relatively firm understanding of lavender. Prior to starting this job, I had some knowledge of this magical plant, but now that my knowledge has expanded, I thought I would offer a little lavender 101, if you will, in hopes of … More Lavender 101
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
Work ethic is timeless in terms of its value. If you’re someone who possesses strong work ethic, you’re at a tremendous advantage over those who don’t when it comes to the work world. The problem is, though, that strong work ethic seems to be becoming more and more scarce in popularity, and from my understanding, … More Where did the good work ethic go?
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