Watermelon

Watermelon

by Kim Cooper There’s nothing quite like biting into a fresh slice of watermelon, with the juices dribbling down your chin. Delicious, juicy melons are a great source of much-needed water and electrolytes to tame the hot summer temperatures. Who would have thought the common watermelon packed so much nutrition? The usual notion about watermelon […]

Agriculture words and meanings- part II

Agriculture words and meanings- part II

by Kim Cooper We are continuing our look at various terms and phrases related to the agriculture sector. Thank you to Farm and Food Care Ontario for their help with this. Cow/calf farm – Beef cows and calves typically live on pasture in spring, summer and fall on farms called cow/calf farms where they eat […]

Agriculture words and meanings

Agriculture words and meanings

by Kim Cooper For the next number of weeks, I thought we would go over some general definitions as it relates to agriculture. Sometimes in whatever sector we work in, there are words used that we assume other people know what they mean. Let’s look at some agriculture words and phrases and their meanings. Thanks […]

Wheat

Wheat

by Kim Cooper Our local farmers have recently harvested another crop of wheat. Here in Southwestern Ontario, we grow winter wheat, which is planted in the fall and harvested in the summer. Other areas, including out west, grow spring wheat, which is planted in the spring and harvested in the fall. Wheat is one of […]

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 […]

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