Quiz on Agriculture

Quiz on Agriculture

by Kim Cooper My late father Jack Cooper told me many times that I should learn something new each day. I have tried to do that in my lifetime and have encouraged my children and grandchildren to always be on a learning curve. Farming and food has been part of my life for over 40 […]

Purpose of the weekly article

Purpose of the weekly article

by Kim Cooper Happy New Year to each of you! I trust this year will bring you health, joy, and a sense of peace in your hearts. As we begin another new year, it’s always good to look back and see where we have been in order to see where we are going. I have […]

Michigan Sugar Company tour

Michigan Sugar Company tour

by Kim Cooper What do you get when you have 11 University of Guelph agriculture students, one old guy (me) in a van heading to Croswell, Michigan to tour the Michigan Sugar Company facility? A great time for sure! I was invited by Paige Handsor to accompany this young and brilliant group in October. Paige’s […]

LTVCA tree program

LTVCA tree program

by Kim Cooper The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA) has jurisdiction over the watersheds of all streams which drain into the Thames River from the village of Delaware to Lake St. Clair. Its southern boundary has jurisdiction over the watersheds of all streams which drain into Lake Erie, from the Talbot Creek watershed in […]

Christmas tree farms

Christmas tree farms

Do you remember when you were younger when you went out and chopped down a Christmas tree, and cut down some branches to make beautiful decorations? Well, you can still do that, because here in Chatham-Kent, we have a number of Christmas tree farms as well as a winter berry farm. So how many of […]

A murder of crows

A murder of crows

by Ken Bell Crows are much like people. They’re intelligent, opportunistic, social omnivores. In winter they need a warm safe place to roost. In well lit, and relatively warm Chatham they concentrate along the open space of the Thames mirroring our type of settlement pattern. They have not only survived but thrived through one of […]

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

by Kim Cooper We are so fortunate when it comes to our producers and our food production capabilities. As part of the Chatham-Kent community, and as part of the country of Canada, we really do have much to be thankful for. I know we hear this so much. But it’s true. I don’t have a […]

The sweet potato

The sweet potato

by Kim Cooper The sweet potato is an important root vegetable crop which is gaining popularity in many parts of North America. The sweet potato is only distantly related to the potato. In some parts of the English-speaking world, sweet potatoes are locally known by other names, including yam and kumara. Sweet potatoes are native […]

Apple sector

Apple sector

by Kim Cooper Fruits and vegetables in abundance! I hope you have been able to enjoy some of the amazing fruits and vegetables that we grow right here in Chatham-Kent. Speaking of fruits, we are now well into the apple season. Apples have existed as a wild fruit since prehistoric times and have been cultivated […]

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