Browsing Category : Farming

GOVERNMENTS TRIGGER AGRISTABILITY PROGRAM


Late participation available for PEI farmers affected by June frosts Agriculture is essential to the rural way of life on Prince Edward Island. Governments remain committed to the continued expansion and success of the PEI agricultural sector by ensuring producers have the tools they need to manage significant risks that threaten the viability of their farms. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership…

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PEI HOSTS ANNUAL REGIONAL ORGANIC CONFERENCE


2018 ACORN conference aims to build bridges across Atlantic Canada Charlottetown, PEI has been chosen as the site of the annual regional conference for organic agriculture this year. From November 26th to 28th, conference delegates will join together at the Delta Prince Edward to participate in the 2018 Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network’s (ACORN) conference. Since 2000, ACORN has been…

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FARMERS PARTICIPATING IN ORGANIC PLANT BREEDING


Using science to create better organic crops for farmers to grow Standing at the edge of a field of wheat, oats, and peas, Roger Henry, a research technician in soil and water at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, discussed the methods used to research organic plant hardiness, yield, and weed control at the Agriculture Canada research farm in Harrington, PEI. Organized…

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ATLANTIC CANADA’S LARGEST ORGANIC GREENHOUSE


A Q&A with Marc and Krista Schurman Take a drive down Route 104 just north of Kensington and you will come across a large farming operation unlike any other in PEI. Just before the paved road turns to dirt, you will see a large collection of greenhouses, the home of Atlantic Grown Organics. Combine a determination to farm organically with…

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RESEARCHING FOR CANADA’S AGRICULTURAL FUTURE


Agriculture Canada’s research farm in Harrington opens its doors to the public this month We can often think of government institutions as giant cogs in a wheel with no real relevance to our day-to-day lives, but for the scientists who work at the Agriculture Canada Research Farm in Harrington, PEI, every bit of data they collect and every piece of…

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Bluefield High Hosts AG for Life Dinner


Nurturing community through celebrating food and career exploration Rows of bench tables filled the Bluefield High School cafeteria. Each individual place setting was distinguished by a menu of the evening’s fare and carefully arranged tableware. Burlap wrapped mason jars holding small, glowing tealight candles spanned the tables. Conversation hummed at booths around the perimeter of the room. Here education, industry,…

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Organic Consumer Buying Guide: Summer 2018


What does ‘Certified Organic’ mean? On PEI, ‘certified organic’ means food grown on a farm according to specific organic practices as defined by the Canadian Organic Standards and regulated nationally by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Each farm is inspected annually by a qualified third party inspector and each inspected farm is issued a certificate. General principles of organic…

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Island Farmers Using the Alternative Land Use Service


Government program focuses on environment Charles Murphy is no stranger to agriculture. For 50 years he has been growing seed potatoes, wheat, and non-GMO soybeans in China Point, east of Stratford. Since the arrival of the first Murphy family ancestors from Ireland in the early 1800s, six generations have farmed this land. Charles and his wife, Wilhelmena, purchased the family…

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FILLING THE FARM LABOUR GAP


A glimpse at agricultural labour shortages in PEI After meeting with Laurie Loane, executive director of the PEI Agriculture Sector Council, the take-home message was this: labour shortage in agriculture is a complex topic. Family farms without successors, increasing use of automated systems, erratic employment for labourers, and barriers for minority groups to enter the sector are a few of…

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FREE TO ROAM AND RANGE


Taking the free-range philosophy to heart at Saoirse Farms Drive down a side road that is a patchwork of old asphalt, potholes, and frost heaves in eastern PEI for a few bone-jarring kilometres and you will find Saoirse Farms. It’s a chilly but sunny April afternoon when I cautiously make my way to the farm to meet with former NDP…

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