Has the Time for Water Harvesting Arrived?

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After last summer, homeowners, farmers and gardeners may be wondering what kind of weather conditions we can expect during the upcoming growing season. Those who have experienced water shortages might be getting more serious about the ancient process of collecting and storing rainwater for later use. It is a process … Continue reading

Millbrook Farmers’ Market Returns

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Sunday April 23 with More Market Dates As we welcome, with a sigh of relief, the mounting daylight hours, the appearance of new spring buds and the invigorating songbirds, so too we welcome the return of the Millbrook Farmers’ Market on April 23. After the snow/ice/cold/wind begins to slowly fade … Continue reading

Save the Date: Maple in the Township Comes on the April 1st Weekend

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A group of local Maple Syrup producers are joining forces to host a Maple weekend on April 1st and 2nd. All participating producers will open the doors to their sugar shacks between the hours of 9:30am and 4:30pm and invite you to come and bring your family to walk a … Continue reading

Otonabee Conservation Launches Tree Seedling Program

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Otonabee Conservation has launched a new stewardship program to help landowners seeking to plant trees on their property. The Tree Seedling Program is available to farm and rural landowners within the Otonabee Region watershed and offers a wide selection of native tree and shrub species which can enhance private property … Continue reading

Sharodon Farm Makes National Magazine Cover

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The Burgomaster family of Omemee has been active in the Millbrook Agricultural Society family for many years, with members serving on the board and running cattle shows with the late Bob Hall, who is Helen’s father. The family raises Charolais cattle on their farm, called Sharodon farm after owners Don … Continue reading

New Products for Puddleduck Farm’s Community Supported Agriculture Program

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After four years operating their local organic farm, Merridy Senior and Eben Hancock are finding new ways to grow their business.  Theirs is a traditional mixed farm operation, where they grow more than 30 varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers, produce maple syrup, honey, eggs, freezer beef, chicken and will … Continue reading

Agricultural Society’s Lifetime Membership Awarded to Steve Brackenridge

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The local agricultural community came together to share comradery, a meal and some history at their Annual General Meeting at the end of October. With many generations of local farm families on hand, attendees enjoyed dinner hosted by the Millbrook Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary and a live auction conducted by Keith … Continue reading

Last Farmers’ Market Sunday, October 23

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We had a gorgeous fall day for our September market last Sunday. People were strolling about taking in the day’s warmth and sunshine. In spite of this season’s draught, our vendors had a beautiful selection of fresh, colourful produce. Tables were also full of all kinds of jarred preserves, baked … Continue reading

Steve Brackenridge Signs On as Local OFA Director

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His responsibilities do not officially begin until the Ontario Federation of Agriculture’s Annual General Meeting in November, but Brackenridge is already unofficially on the job as the OFA Director for Durham, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton region. With his trademark humility, he explains that his term will begin with “a … Continue reading

Strange Outbreak Hits Local Zucchini Patch

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Gordon Nomekuz has been farming in this area for over 40 years but this season has presented him with a unique challenge. And it isn’t the drought. “Darnedest thing I ever saw,” Gord says, as we walk through 67 acres of beans, peppers, tomatoes and other vegetables. “I planted them … Continue reading

Market Vendors: The Sorichetti Homestead

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Market vendors Lou and Tamara Sorichetti are brave souls. A week after moving into their farm on Solanum Way outside Pontypool from Ajax last summer, they purchased 14 goats. Theirs is a mixed herd of dairy goats they somehow find the time to milk each day, between Lou’s day job, … Continue reading

Local Maple Syrup Producers Host Summer Tour

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This year the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association (OMSPA) celebrated 50 years in business at their Annual General Meeting held at Trent University on the weekend of July 15th.   During the three-day event, producers took time to visit some local “sugar shacks” to see how it’s done around here. After … Continue reading

Zucchini Festival Marks End of Summer Fun Drought

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The fun drought is over! No more bored children withering at the end of the parental vine! The annual Millbrook Zucchini Festival marks the end of a particularly dry Millbrook summer, so mark Sept. 11, 12:30 to 4 p.m. on your calendars in green ink. As always the festival will … Continue reading

Provincial Soil Mapping Initiative Begins In Peterborough Cty

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On July 5th, over 80 people joined Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal, Land Resource Specialists, 20 young 4H club members from Norwood and Peterborough, local farmers and other dignitaries to meet at Dorisdale Farms, home of Carolyn and Peter Doris to discuss a new soil … Continue reading