Local Maple Syrup Producers Host Summer Tour

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

Provincial Soil Mapping Initiative Begins In Peterborough Cty

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

Harvest Market Celebrations Sunday August 28

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I can’t believe that there are only three more markets left this season. How can that be? I was only just anticipating the start of another great season of eating local, courtesy of the wonderful makers, bakers and growers who are the Millbrook Farmers’ Market. My anticipation though continues to … Continue reading

Comment – It’s Complicated

Comment – It’s Complicated
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There are some troubling signs in the world these days. People are turning inward, focussed on their own well-being, shrugging off perceived burdens that are holding them back. Brexit is threatening to unravel the entire European Union, Trump is proposing walls, and closer to home there is evidence that political … Continue reading

Millbrook Fair Results – Homecraft Winners

Millbrook Fair Results – Homecraft Winners
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Baking Date Nut Loaf- 1st-Annette Challice 2nd-Judy Churcher 3rd- Gayle Martin Fruit Loaf- 1st -Annette Chaliice 2nd– Kim Wilson 3rd-Gayle Martin Rhubarb Struesel Muffins- 1st-Judy Chucher 2nd-Gayle Martin 3rd-Lois Moffatt Cinnamon Rolls-1st-Lois Moffatt 2nd– Annette Challice Favorite Muffin- 1st– Judy Churcher 2nd-Lois Moffatt 3rd-Gayle Martin Scones-1st-Lois Moffatt 2nd-Annette Challice Chocolate … Continue reading

Millbrook Fair Results – Beef Cattle Show

Millbrook Fair Results – Beef Cattle Show
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Angus Champion Bull: Ron & Linda Bryant Reserve Champion Bull: Ron & Linda Bryant Champion Female: Ron & Linda Bryant Reserve Champion Female: Ron & Linda Bryant Charolais Champion Bull- Baker Farms Reserve Champion Bull- Sharodon Farm Champion Female: Baker Farms Reserve Champion Female: Sharodon Farm Hereford Champion Bull: Grant … Continue reading

Which wheat? Winter, Spring, Red or White, Hard or Soft?

Which wheat? Winter, Spring, Red or White, Hard or Soft?
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While many farmers are hoping this recently arrived fine weather continues to dry out and warm up the soil so they can start planting, some crops have been in the ground since September.   Winter wheat is planted from September to December in the Northern Hemisphere while spring wheat goes into … Continue reading

Why aren’t more young people farming?

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  It’s the perennial question. Last month this paper ran a profile on the young family at Puddle Duck Farm, an organic operation in Millbrook producing honey, maple syrup, vegetables, cut flowers and more. While stories like theirs aren’t popping up in the same abundance as dandelions in spring, younger … Continue reading

Mr. October: Norm Lamothe of Woodleigh Farms

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Karen Graham It’s not a position Norm ever expected to be in- the face of October on a glossy calendar. But there he is, selected to represent Ontario Grain farm operators who are finding ways to incorporate traditional farming approaches with modern sensitivities and techniques. Published by Farm & Food … Continue reading

Dunmore Farms Goes to the Royal Winter Fair

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Karen Graham For Gregg Frederick, going to the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto this week is old hat- been there, done that. He has even walked away with some top awards, having won Bull Calf Champion in 2011. That has not dampened his enthusiasm for this annual ritual which requires … Continue reading

Apple-Fever is Setting In

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Sarah Sobanski Chances are that as October gets underway, you’ve been apple picking, or like many drooling Canadians, you’ve been patient for fresh locally grown apples to appear in bushels at grocery stores across the province. Apples are a long standing favourite dating back to prehistoric times, originally cultivated as … Continue reading

Local Action Taken to Protect Our Roots

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Melodie Seto The Canadian landscape has undergone many transformations over the past centuries, but how many people can still remember what our land ofheritage used to look like? Tallgrass prairies in particular may be one of the less distinguished types of grasslands that made up the eastern part of our … Continue reading