Browsing Category : Farming

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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Soaring High With Nature’s Pest Control


Jamie Stride turns his fascination of falconry into a high flying business Round Up, Prowl, Dual, Lorsban, and Orthene are familiar names in the pesticide world. But what about Sam the Saker, Hush, Hermes, Kensi, and Red? Ever heard of those before? You probably haven’t, but they are the names of Island Falconry Services’ birds and they are quite effective…

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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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RISE OF A NEW SETTING DAY


Traps to be set May and June in fourth trial season of integrative pest management for wireworm “The problem is the solution.” Famous words from permaculture guru Bill Mollison. A phrase that sounds paradoxical. Yet, isn’t all great wisdom? In recent years PEI has experienced a growing problem that has cost the potato industry millions. Three introduced species of European…

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HOP FARMS SLOWLY GROWING


PEI farmers discovering Island conditions can be ideal for hops For centuries, hops have been grown and used as medicinal plants as well as a key component in brewing beer. Despite the multitude of craft breweries opening in our region in recent years, farming hops is only now slowly catching on. Currently there are approximately 27 acres of hops being…

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