Browsing Category : Farming

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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An Homage to Herbs


Adding zest to your garden and palate The unsung heroes of the culinary world, a cornerstone of traditional medicine, a dream come true for beginner gardeners and experienced farmers too – herbs are all of these things and more, yet they don’t often get the accolades they deserve. Most of us are familiar with the stars of the herb world…

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Reg Phelan, Carina Phillips and Byron Petrie showcase a table filled with vegetables grown on their farm, Seaspray Organics

An Intergenerational Farming Co-operative


Wisdom of experience and energy of youth unite at Seaspray Organics Four stouts clink together in cheers at the Old Triangle Pub in Charlottetown. It’s the mark of a regular, ceremonious gathering for Byron Petrie, Carina Phillips, and Reg Phelan of Seaspray Organics Cooperative. The three farmers meet here every Saturday after the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market to talk shop and…

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PEI Cattle Producers Talk Burger Love


Islanders are encouraged to know their producer, ask questions With all of the talk about burgers and burger love, we wanted to go straight to the source of the primary ingredient – beef! PEI Cattle Producers’ (PEICP) Executive Director, Rinnie Bradley answered a few questions we had about how PEI Burger Love has “fired up” local love for our Island…

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What Does it Mean to be Organic?


Certified Organic Producers Cooperative asks government to regulate use of ‘organic’ It’s not easy being green, as Kermit the Frog knows well. And for those farming organically, the same could easily be said. While the challenges associated with organic farming are diverse, an overarching issue that continues to crop up in PEI and across Canada concerns the use of the…

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