Browsing Category : Farming

Whatever Floats Your Goat


Em Zember is living her dream of operating a goat dairy “I started with two in 2000,” says Em Zember, as we watch eight attention-seeking goats waiting to be milked. We’re standing in an airy barn situated on the property best known by Islanders as the headquarters of the Great Canadian Soap Company. Zember is hopeful that in time it’ll…

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Flour Power


Local farm mills heritage wheat The room is sparkling clean and seems to be hermetically sealed from the outside world. This is Crystal Green Farms’ milling room. It holds the only flour operation in PEI growing and milling heritage Red Fife wheat. Brian and Kathy MacKay are proud of what they’ve accomplished. Their interest in organic farming was the inspiration…

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A Farmer’s Perspective—OPINION PIECE


Sally Bernard explains why public discourse and panels on food policy and food sustainability need primary producers’ voices “Food policy is the area of public policy concerning how food is produced, processed, distributed, and purchased. Food policies are designed to influence the operation of the food and agriculture system.” (Source: Wikipedia) Food policy—it likely sounds vaguely interesting to most, dead…

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Family Hog Farm


Porktoberfest features local producers Porktoberfest is here! In celebration of the farmers that contribute to PEI’s hog industry, Salty paid a visit to D & E Pork Inc. in Albany. D & E Pork is a multi-generational hog farm that was established in 1982. It is owned and operated by Patrick and Lisa Murray, who manage the farm alongside its…

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Counting Sheep


Pursuing ambitious land stewardship goals through pasture lambing “I am a grass farmer,” Adam MacLean tells me. We’re standing adjacent to an idyllic piece of green pasture in South Melville, tucked away off one of the Island’s many country roads. The field is full of ewes and lambs—282 four-legged ruminators to be precise—happily grazing the land. Pairs of lambs intermittently…

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Our Day on the COPC Farm Tour


On July 6, 2017, six of SALTY’s team took part in a media farm tour organized by PEI Certified Organic Producer Co-operative (COPC). Along with other members of the media, government, food industry, and Maritime farming community we toured five organic farms in central PEI. We learned many interesting facts along the way. Here are my top 11: 11. Typical…

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From Barn to Customer


Isle Saint-Jean Farm opens on-site shop near Rustico Working from home is the day-to-day for every farmer —the barns and fields are their workstations, the livestock their temporary colleagues. But at the end of the day, farmers usually have to venture beyond their farmsteads to reach customers. There are some, however, like Deirdre and Gabriel Mercier of Isle Saint-Jean Farm,…

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Allan Bridle hols sprouting kit in front of his booth at Summerside Farmers Market

Big Ideas Sprout Tiny Farms


Father-son team launch Summerside-based business to grow a crop of micro farmers Farming, in the traditional sense, is a pursuit beyond the ability of most people these days. It’s a labourious, time-consuming enterprise that requires a good deal of physical and mental strength, as well as a sizeable acreage of arable land. Yet Alan Bridle and Maxime Rousseaux-Bridle are convinced…

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Keeping a Dream Alive


Emerald couple farming land as legacy to family In farming, as in life, some years are best forgotten and others mark memorable milestones. For organic potato farmers Shawn Mulligan and Rebecca (Becky) Moore, 2016 was the latter. It was the year they went big with their farm, Sprout Organics. Located in Emerald, PEI, Sprout Organics was founded in 2010. Partners…

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