Ontario commercial fisheries

Ontario commercial fisheries

by Kim Cooper Fish is something we don’t normally think about when it comes to food. Last month, we celebrated Local Food Week across Ontario, but how many of us think about fish when we think about local food? Here in Chatham-Kent, we have a vibrant sport fishing sector, but we also have a huge […]

Pesticides in foods

Pesticides in foods

by Kim Cooper Who doesn’t enjoy eating food? Most of us eat foods that come from many other countries. How safe do you think the food you eat is? How safe do you want your food to be? We have many opportunities to purchase locally grown food products. We all realize the importance of buying […]

150 years old and counting

150 years old and counting

By Greg Holden With cancelled fireworks as my inspiration to pause and think, it’s time to take stock of what makes Canada Day a little more special than usual this year. I recall the optimism in Canada when it turned 100. A much different time than now, we had no terrorism, technology meant a dial […]

Buy Local map available in Chatham-Kent

Buy Local map available in Chatham-Kent

by Kim Cooper If you are looking where to locate and purchase local foods, do I have the map for you! The Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Map is available and includes 44 producers and agri-businesses located throughout Chatham-Kent. This map lists the various producers, what they have to offer, where they are located, when they […]

Helping Canada grow

Helping Canada grow

by Kim Cooper How will we continue to grow our Canadian agriculture sector to feed a growing population around the world? That is a question that continually confronts our food and farming sector. The following article was written by Ted Menzies, who was the former President and CEO of CropLife Canada. “Canadian agriculture is all […]

Through the eyes of a festival Coordinator

Through the eyes of a festival Coordinator

By Chris Glassford Imagine your biggest dream. Now imagine that you’ve been able to achieve that dream in under a year! I have been working for a full year on planning this year’s Chatham Canada Day celebration which started as a mere dream and has become an ultimate reality. While a year may seem like […]

Strawberries

Strawberries

by Kim Cooper Red and juicy strawberries. I would think most people are always looking to enjoy a fresh, locally grown strawberry. Those red delicious berries bring back memories of going to the fields with my mother so she could make strawberry jam, although I probably ate more than I picked. Did you know there […]

Canadian agriculture

Canadian agriculture

by Kim Cooper For generations, agriculture has made significant contributions to Canada’s economy, food supply, environment and culture. On July 1st, 1867, the federal Department of Agriculture was created and the first Minister of Agriculture was appointed. Today, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, provides leadership in the growth, development and sustainability of the Canadian agriculture and […]

Local Food Week

Local Food Week

by Kim Cooper The week of June 5-11 will be celebrated as Local Food Week across all of Ontario. Ontario is a strong supporter of local food. Since 2003, 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 […]

So God made a farmer’s wife

So God made a farmer’s wife

by Kim Cooper In keeping with the theme of women in agriculture, here is Paul Harvey’s “So God Made a Farmer” speech and taking that original article and discussing the many attributes of a farmer’s wife.   And on the 8th day God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker!” […]

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