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AGRICULTURE BY COMMITTEE: The Yarrow Ecovillage Farm Team

By Michelle Superle There’s no “I” in “team,” as the saying goes—except when there is. Here at the Yarrow Ecovillage, our twenty-acre certified organic farm is governed by a legal cooperative structure and managed by our Farm Team. But the farm is actually worked by a dozen farmers who farm …

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Tips to Ensuring Crop Success

Jason Smith When growing any horticultural crop there are many things that can contribute to its success such as water source and quality, types of equipment, nutrition, integrated pest management and planting stock. Starting off with good quality planting stock is very important; but, more importantly, the health of the …

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The Social Media Savvy Farmer

Cathy Finley We all know that being a farmer these days isn’t just about growing things; you have to have prowess in every area of business management from financial forecasting to marketing, as well as continually evolving your professional development to become a jack-of-all-trades around the farm, proficient in skills …

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BIOSENSORS: The Future of Agro-Defence?

Professor Suresh Neethirajan, Bionano Laboratory, University of Guelph President-Elect, Canadian Society for Bioengineering Most countries have some sort of agriculture department working hard to protect the quality and safety of its food supplies. But early detection and management can be difficult. One of the more recent food scares was the …

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Integrating High Tech on the Farm

Jeana Cadby Feeding the world is going to take high-tech solutions. The latest trends in agricultural technology have allowed farmers to address traditional farming issues with a high-tech edge, using the latest and most buzzword worthy trends. Tech companies are more than happy to integrate innovative developments in agriculture, with …

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Using Fungi to Kill Weeds

Lana Harach Herbicides. Pesticides. These words have negative connotations, and often when the general public hears them, the first, if not only thought that comes to mind is chemicals—man-made and terrible for the environment. We hear of stories where the chemicals that manage farm crops end up in streams and …

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HYDROPONIC CHALLENGES

Jonathan Lloyd Many see hydroponic agriculture as a new disruptive technology with the potential to drive a wholesale change in the nature of farming and food production, but it has in fact been around for a long time. Interest in the use of complete nutrient solutions within greenhouses began in …

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REVISING CANADA’S FOOD GUIDE

Ronda Payne Canada’s Food Guide, established by Health Canada, is undergoing changes—for the first time in a decade—but the process thus far has many thinking dairy will be eliminated as a category. When the potential was revealed in the guiding principles and recommendations for the revision to the food guide, …

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Managing Your Money

Salary or Dividends—Making the Right Choice  Nathan Nowak As the owner-manager of an incorporated business, you can choose how you wish to be compensated: By receiving a salary (including bonuses) or through dividends from shares you own in the company—but there are a number of factors to consider before you …

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Farm to Table Forever!

What farmers and chefs can do to support local Cathy Finley Sixty years ago, if a chef tried to increase patronage and revenue by using the phrase “farm-to-table”, it would have been irrelevant because there were no other options. There were no Sysco trucks in sight, just farmers bringing their …

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