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New Farmers Need New Government

Posted by on October 17, 2015

By Alex Fletcher.

There isn’t much talk about agriculture and the farm succession crisis this election.   The political calculation seems to be that agriculture is a rural issue and rural issues don’t matter because they don’t swing votes.   The assumption being that urban voters, who make up the majority, don’t understand or don’t care much about agriculture.

Someone Call the CFIA!

Posted by Lisa Lundgard on August 14, 2014

Peter Lundgard checks on Leaf Cutter Bee nesting boxes at Nature's Way Farm, Grimshaw Alberta

By Lisa Lundgard.

“Hi, I really need to talk to a top official!  My neighbor has planted the new genetically modified (GM) alfalfa crop next door.  I’ve been saving alfalfa seed for the past 30 years now, a non-GM variety, and I’m afraid to go on.”

Save Seeds!

Posted by Alex Fletcher on July 16, 2014

By By Shannon Jones.

There is an exciting new initiative happening across Canada right now! It’s called The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. All across Canada, there are Regional Seed Coordinators helping farmers increase their seed security through on-the-ground projects, trials, and funding opportunities. To find out who your Regional Seed Coordinator is, go here.

The Regional Seed Coordinator in Atlantic Canada is Steph Hughes. I thought it would be fun to interview Steph to learn more about the Bauta Initiative.

Here goes:

So, Steph, what is The Bauta Family Initiative on Seed Security and who started it? When? And why?

Farmer Profile: Prairie Gold Pastured Meats, Alberta

Posted by Alex Fletcher on June 22, 2014

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photo credit: Tara Neufeld
Name:
Blake Hall
Location: Red Deer, AB
What do you produce? Grass finished beef and pastured pork and lamb.
Size of farm? Approx. 500 ac. rented.
Number of years farming? 6 years
 
Farming background?

Farmer Profile: The Veggie Patch, Alberta

Posted by Lisa Lundgard on April 22, 2014

Name: Lisa Lundgard
Age: 25
Farm Name: The Veggie Patch
Location: Grimshaw, AB
What do you produce?  I produce about 35 different varieties of vegetables.  I am on my families mixed farm and we raise and sell certified organic grass-fed beef and lamb, as well as pastured pork. 
Number of years farming: 4
Farming background: I grew up on my families mixed farm, which means chores - chores - and more chores!  I was the 12 year old kid who in speech competitions made my opening line, “Have you ever seen chicken poo fly?  Well I have!”, I think that sums it up a bit. 

Farmer Profile: Broadfork Farm, Nova Scotia

Posted by Shannon Jones on April 2, 2014

Name: Shannon Jones (and Bryan Dyck)
Age: 32 (and 29)
Farm name: Broadfork Farm
Location: River Hebert, Nova Scotia
What do you produce? Organic mixed vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, some fruit, a little bit of vegetable seed production, and a small flock of laying hens.
Size of farm? Our farm is 15 acres. We create our livelihood from about 2 acres though.
Number of years farming? 10 years total, 3 years running Broadfork Farm, 2 years on the land we own.
Farming background? I didn’t grow up on a farm.

The CAPÉ: Cooperating for Local and Ecological Agriculture in Québec

Posted by Virginie Lavallee-Picard on April 1, 2014

Youth participants in one of several presentations delivered at the 2013 CAPÉ fall meetingIt was like summer camp for farmers, except it felt like winter and the food was better.

The big barn-style building was jam-packed with about a hundred farmers, most of them in their early thirties or younger, absorbed in an in-depth workshop on greenhouse production of tomatoes and cucumbers. The previous day, an afternoon tour of a local farm had led to a massive potluck dinner and a late night brainstorming session on preferred vegetable varieties.

This was my first CAPÉ annual fall meeting, and I can assure you it will not be the last.