Mastering Market Gardening – Two Takes on Small Scale Agriculture

By Cameron Bell, 2018 Guelph Organic Conference Attendee and Volunteer “Baler twine, like duct tape, is your friend”, grins Kristine Hammel of Persephone Market Garden. She’s describing her approach to bed layout in the spring, measuring and marking out rows to create corridors of crops as the season progresses. Over a hundred workshop attendees are

Climate Change & The Garden – Lessons Learned from the 2018 Guelph Organic Conference

By Heather Reid, 2018 Guelph Organic Conference Attendee and Volunteer Climate change was a pervasive theme throughout the 2018 conference. Farmers, gardeners, and consumers are increasingly having discussions about what a changing climate could mean for food production and farm/garden management. Following this theme, below is a quick summary of some of my key take-aways

Farmers & Fashionistas?

Farmers + Fashionistas? “It’s time to talk”… says Guelph Organic Conference   For Immediate Release – January 8, 2018 Guelph, Ontario – On January 25, 2018 farmers and fashionistas, an unlikely combination, will get together to mingle, to talk fashion and to brainstorm sustainability and farming. Hosted by the Guelph Organic Conference, a popular annual trade show and

Rare Breeds New Arrival! White Park Heifer

Great news from Rare Breeds Canada…. First registered White Park heifer calf born in Canada in a very long time, born April 8th. “Can’t tell you how thrilled Elwood is….” – Pam   Some additional background information from Pam of Rare Breeds… The White Park herd… they’re pretty special. Our British counterpart, Rare Breeds Survival

Action Item – Proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulation (SFCR)

On January 21, 2017, the Canadian Government published proposed rule-making for the Safe Foods for Canadians Regulations (SCR) in Canada Gazette I. These proposed regulations will combine and modernize 14 separate existing regulations including the Organic Products Regulations, 2009. The proposed regulations are designed to implement the Safe Foods for Canadians Act of 2012. These

A Weekend Homesteader Seeking Resilience

By Aurelia Thevenot There are many challenges facing the beginner homesteader… and even the more seasoned practitioner who is running out of wind. Recently, I had the opportunity to reflect on these challenges in my own personal journey, and actually went out to get some answers. For those of you following the humble beginnings of

Great People, Wonderful Food and Much More!

By Shanthanu Krishnakumar, 2017 Guelph Organic Conference Eco-Scholar I came to the organic conference in Guelph from St. Catherines, where I was working on a project to enhance the shelf life of nectarines as part of my Masters’ research. Settling in at the Conference I immediately noticed upon entering the dinner venue, the camaraderie among

Revenue Generating Farm Tools – Bushes and Trees

“Trees should be thought of like the tractor, the plow, and fertilizer – as tools to increase yields, profits and sustainability,” says Rob Johnson, Co-Owner of Terre Verde Homestead and Manager of the Green Legacy Programme for Wellington County. As farmers, both large and small, explore ways to enhance their farm, bush and tree options

Living the Green Dream

“When did we lose our childlike wonder, sense of adventure, and willingness to explore and try new things?” asks Catherine Stilo.   After 20+ years as a senior marketing executive in the manufactured food industry, Catherine took a huge leap of faith and decided to live more authentically. She left the corporate world and began