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Farming hub Homestead Organics going out of business

A major organic seed, feed and milling company headquartered in eastern Ontario is going to close its doors after hitting financial trouble in the midst of a more competitive industry.

Tom Manley, president of Homestead Organics, said the 30-year-old company will be closing its doors in a matter of days because of pressure from its creditors and banks.

The company started in Berwick, Ont., a town halfway between Ottawa and Cornwall, and, over the course of the last four years, expanded to Morrisburg and then Sebringville, near Stratford.

“Our mission is to serve and develop organic agriculture and after 30 years my head is high and I believe we have achieved that,” he said.

Read Farming hub Homestead Organics going out of business by Mathew Kupfer at CBC News.

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April 9, 2018 at 9:42 am Leave a comment

Edible-garden strategy planted by Cornwall city council

Coun. Carilyne Hebert successfully got city council to begin laying the groundwork for an edible landscape strategy for Cornwall during its meeting on March 26.

Getting the city to start planting and harvesting edible plants in its various public gardens, flower beds and green spaces has been Hebert’s pet issue on council for the past couple of months. The councillor appears to be angling to make the creation of an edible planting strategy for Cornwall the legacy of her time on council, as she is apparently not sure if she will run for re-election.

Read Edible-garden strategy planted by Cornwall city council by Alan S. Hale at the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder.

April 4, 2018 at 10:01 am Leave a comment

How to Tap Trees for Syrup

To get started, follow these simple steps, and be sure to disconnect the tap when the tree’s leaf buds swell, a sign that the sap will soon turn bitter. If done correctly, the process won’t hurt the tree. Think of it as an arboreal version of donating blood, only far more delicious.

I make my own syrup now, albeit from the black walnuts in my neighbor’s North Carolina yard. Other trees that produce sweet saps include sycamores, butternuts, and shagbark hickories, as well as all manner of birches, box elders, and maples. Just be forewarned: Many of these alternatives contain less sugar than the aptly named sugar maple, so you’ll have to boil a lot of sap to yield a very small amount of syrup.

Read How to Tap Trees for Syrup by Frank Hyman at The Modern Farmer.

February 28, 2018 at 11:31 am Leave a comment

When to Start Seeds Calculator

https://i2.wp.com/awaytogarden.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/ad-seedcalc500.gif?ssl=1Need help remembering when it’s safe and smart to start your first spring sowings of vegetable, flower and herb seeds indoors and out? THIS TOOL helps calculate when. Begin by entering your final spring frost date on the top right of the chart.

Eastern Ontario Hardiness Zone Map

For most of the area in and around Ottawa, the stated frost free date is between May 2 and May 31.   In recent years the frost free date has been advancing towards the first of May from the traditional May 24th date used in the past. Check to see when the last frost date is for your zone.  Presently, the last average frost date for Ottawa is May 11th.  This can vary greatly.  If you are a conservative gardener and not a gambler move this date ahead to at least May 20.

 

February 21, 2018 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

Stop the Leakage: How food-centered urban design solves economic challenges

Stop the Leakage: How food-centered urban design solves economic challengesWhat happens when you eat the wrong food over and over again? We call it “leakage.” Leakage is when capital exits the economy rather than remaining in it. Our current food system as designed (or left un-designed) is a constant source of leakage for our cities and a missed opportunity for urban planners.

What if city designs included space for urban farming to provide a percentage of the calories required by their inhabitants? What if the community saw urban farming as an opportunity for economic growth and employment? What if the local government spent the same amount of money on the education, distribution, and land leasing to create food related jobs as it did on to attracting big businesses?

Let’s consider how much money could be kept in the local economy by creating our own urban food plan, giving local farmers the opportunity to supply the food sold at local grocery stores and restaurants.

Read Stop the Leakage: How food-centered urban design solves economic challenges by Nathan Pickard at Strong Towns.

February 19, 2018 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

7 Vitamins and Minerals You Need in Your Plant-Based Diet

Eating a varied diet rich in whole grains, plant-based protein, healthy fats, and fruits and vegetables is the key to good health and also the secret to be able to tap into a neverending source of energy. Aside from fueling our bodies with macronutrients, plant-based foods also provide vitamins and minerals essential to keeping our cognitive functions and metabolism revved up.

Curious about which micronutrients can help you think faster, focus more, and overall keep you jostling with energy to be your most efficient productive self? Here are 7 of the main ones

Read 7 Vitamins and Minerals You Need in Your Plant-Based Diet at One Green Planet.

January 29, 2018 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

The ABCD’s of Agroecology: What Is It All About?

Agroecological farmers use many practices you’ll find on organic farms, but what tends to set them apart is that they also design their fields, year after year, with a mix of crops, animals, and non-crop plants that lead to more resilient and lower-risk operations with less chemicals, irrigation, energy, and waste. And research (here, for example) is showing that these efforts pay off – in production, environmental metrics, and dollars.

Read The ABCD’s of Agroecology: What Is It All About? by Marcia DeLonge at The Union of Concerned Scientists

January 24, 2018 at 12:10 pm Leave a comment

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