Educating a New Generation of Beekeepers

The Kawartha Junior Beekeepers Program was established in 2017 and is a hands-on program for children aged 9 to 14 years who are interested in learning about beekeeping. The program follows the beekeepers’ year – from equipment preparation to honey harvesting.  Each month, from February to October, the students learn… Continue reading

Twin Pines Alpacas

When Barb and Joe Muise purchased the small farm south of Millbrook on County Rd. 10 in 2010, they wanted to have animals.  A veterinarian who specializes in laparoscopic surgery, Joe came with a clear list of criteria for their potential livestock.   The animals must provide something useful, but not… Continue reading

Next Generation Grain Operators Invest in their Future

It’s been another challenging harvest season for local farmers, as weather has been an unusually persistent obstacle to getting corn and soybean crops to market.  Congestion at the grain handler operation adds expense and frustration as trucks wait in line to offload their loads. After renting storage facilities in the… Continue reading

Pumpkin Fest 2019 🎃

The crowds poured into the Veggie Patch to get a taste of country last month at the Pumpkin Fest which featured gator rides and a petting zoo where Daphne the Alpaca enjoyed the attention. Cody and Kelsie were thrilled with the turnout and would like to extend a massive thank-you… Continue reading

Greg Edgerton Receives 2019 Millbrook Agricultural Society Lifetime Member Award

This year’s lifetime member recipient comes from a very strong agricultural background.  He lives with his wife Tammy of 18 years, two daughters Jade and Katelyn and raises beef cattle. As a young child, he was very eager to work on the farm with his grandfather Mervin, learning the tricks… Continue reading

Pinewynd Farm Turns Back the Clock Raising Heritage Pigs

Tom Staples has gone back to his farming roots, raising heritage pigs on the family farm in Cavan. He takes an old-fashioned approach to his work: his pigs spend most of their days outdoors, touring the 96 acre property in the rolling hills, grazing on walnuts, apples, pears, grubs, roots,… Continue reading

Next Farmers’ Market Sunday October 27

Who knew there were more than 1,500 different varieties of eggplants?  At least three kinds were on offer at last Sunday’s market – the large Black Beauty, an elongated Asian/Japanese type and a white fleshed Caspar.  It’s interesting to see all of the unique and unusual produce being grown by… Continue reading

New Regulations Designed to Preserve Biosecurity on the Farm

Last month, the Ontario farm community was reminded to take firm steps to prevent unwanted trespassers from entering their farm because of the biosecurity threat they present. Visitors to farms, both invited and not, are a growing trend in rural Ontario as consumers become more interested in understanding the source… Continue reading

Next Farmers’ Market Sunday September 22

It was a perfect summer day at last Sunday’s Farmers’ Market.  The Old Millbrook School parking lot was a sea of colour.  Tables were laden with fresh fruits and vegetables, including cartons of just picked corn.  Various hues of honey jars and maple syrup sparkled in the sun, as did… Continue reading