East Kent Vintage Equipment Club hosts annual show on Civic Day weekend

East Kent Vintage Equipment Club hosts annual show on Civic Day weekend

  by Kim Cooper Have you ever heard of the East Kent Vintage Equipment Club? If not, let’s look at this group, which operates out of the Ridgetown area. The East Kent Vintage Equipment Club started in 2004 by a group of antique tractor enthusiasts. Their mission statement is “Preserving Our Agricultural Heritage for Education […]

Local food week in Chatham-Kent

Local food week in Chatham-Kent

The week of June 4-10 will be celebrated as Local Food Week across all of Ontario. Ontario is a strong supporter of local food. Over the past 10 years, the province has invested more than $116 million in initiatives and projects that help promote and celebrate the good things that are grown, harvested and made […]

Agriculture words and meanings IV

Agriculture words and meanings IV

by Kim Cooper This week, we will continue to look at various terms and phrases related to the agriculture sector. Thank you to Farm and Food Care Ontario for their help with this. Polled – Breeds of goats or cattle that are naturally born without horns. Poults – From the time they hatch until they’re […]

Agriculture words and meanings III

Agriculture words and meanings III

  by Kim Cooper In any sector of life we are in, we become familiar with words and phrases used in that sector that we take for granted but others might not fully understand. Agriculture is no exception, so let’s go over some general definitions as it relates to farming. Thank you to Farm and […]

Interesting facts about pigs

Interesting facts about pigs

by Kim Cooper We all have eaten many products from our friend the pig. Bacon, pork chops, spare ribs, pork roast and so many other food items. But what do we really know about the pig? Today, let’s find our more. Despite their reputation, pigs are not dirty animals. They’re actually quite clean. The pig’s […]

A look at mushrooms

A look at mushrooms

by Kim Cooper Mushrooms. What comes to mind when mushrooms are mentioned? Mushroom soup? Mushroom caps? Steak and mushrooms? Today, let’s have a closer look at this fascinating food crop. Mushrooms are good for you and taste great. Not only do they contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals, they also contain antioxidants. 100 […]

CSA

CSA

by Kim Cooper This week, let’s look at food box programs, or CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). For many years, CSA has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. The basics of how this program operates differs widely, from subscribing to purchase various sizes of boxes each week […]

Ag trivia

Ag trivia

by Kim Cooper Agriculture is one of those sectors you can never know everything about. I have been involved in agriculture for over 35 years and I am just starting to really understand it. But there is so much more. This week, let’s look at some interesting facts regarding agriculture and food, things you were […]

Seed crops

Seed crops

by Kim Cooper What do you know about seed crops and just what are seed crops? If you recall my article on seed corn destasseling, which employs hundreds of our young people, the seed that is harvested from those fields are sold to farmers the following year to plant their corn crop. The same type […]

Food Freedom Day

Food Freedom Day

by Kim Cooper Food is vital to everyone. It plays such a huge part in our daily lives. And no matter what you think or believe, we have inexpensive food here in Canada. It may not seem that way when you have to pay at the grocery store register, but we really do. In my […]

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