As I considered becoming a new farmer last winter, I saw the many challenges that I could face taking on this new career. Long days, physically demanding labor, dealing with pests, broken machinery, and a difficult market. However, like many of my farmer colleagues, I want to provide healthy food and medicine, support my community, and work on the land. Regenerative practices on small-scale organic … Continue reading Starting an Off-Grid Herb Farm – By Guest Blogger Estelle Drisdelle
Alyson Chisolm of Windy Hill Organic Farm in McKees Mills, NB, has offered an annual organic gardening course since 2012. Every Saturday in March, she covers a lot of ground (pun intended) with her class of about 30 gardening pupils. Two of her former students, Fran and Mark Day, founded an urban organic farmstead within Moncton City limits in 2015, and this year’s course ended … Continue reading Codiac Organics: year-round farming within city limits
Generally, farmers are not big fans of increased regulations and are always pushing for a streamlining and reduction of regulations. Some farmers and operators in Canada have more influence over this effort than others. And that really shows up in the proposed Safe Food for Canadians regulations. The Safe Food regulations will streamline food safety regulations for producers who are required to be Canada GAP … Continue reading Do Regulations Make Food Safe?
Deciding between 2o types of Tomatoes can be a daunting task. Not only do I have to pick between a pages of tantalizing descriptions of different varieties but then theres the added task of deciding between Open Pollinated, Hybrid and Organic. What do those words even mean?! To answer these questions, we welcome Michelle Smith, board member of seeds of diversity. Continue reading Seedy Language: choosing the right seeds for your garden
Pollinators are an indispensable natural resource, their daily work is essential for the production of food. These beneficial insects are under pressure from loss of habitat, loss of food sources, disease, and pesticides. As insect populations are threatened, so are the fruit and vegetable produce, and the wild ecosystems that depend on these pollinators. The (non-native) honey bee is probably the most well-known pollinator, however, … Continue reading 5 Ways Gardeners Can Help Our Native Pollinator Friends
This post comes to us from Mark Butler. Mark is Policy Director at the Ecology Action Centre and likes his coffee with plenty of organic and fair-trade. Ask for the same. This past February I joined a tour to the coffee-growing community of Chayotepec in Western Mexico organized by Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op for its employees and adventurous customers. Ya, I went for the … Continue reading Visiting Just Us Coffee in Chayotepec, Mexico
Through working at the Ecology Action Centre, I have the great privilege of meeting with a lot of great farmers from around the province. This will hopefully be the first of many short profiles to bring light to the great work that small farmers do in their communities to make them better places to live and work, while providing them with great quality food. ~~ … Continue reading Farm Profile: Watershed Farm