Browsing Category : Farming

FEMALE-LED FARMS ON THE RISE


In honour of International Women’s Day, a look at changing gender roles and the shift from farmer’s wife or farmer’s daughter to straight-up farmer, like Nancy Sanderson of Hope River Farm Farming in Canada is evolving to have more female presence, according to the 2016 Census of Agriculture. Yet, through our history women have always played important roles in agriculture:…

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BALANCING CROP AND CARE


Brothers and business partners, Kyle and Bryan Maynard find symmetry with sustainable potato farming practices Potatoes and Prince Edward Island. Impossible to separate one from the other—the famous PEI potato has become a part of our landscape, literally and figuratively. Fields planted in row upon row of potatoes criss-cross the Island, processing plants dot the landscape, and farm machinery lumber…

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EATING WITH ALL YOUR SENSES


Elegant lavender-infused foods from Picnic Girl treat the eyes and tastebuds Hélène Bouchard has a taste for the exquisite. She was on-site for the entire construction of her charming lavender-coloured home in Stanley Bridge, inspecting building details with keen precision. Before moving to PEI in 2014, she and her husband ran a successful, holistic training studio in Montreal; her focus…

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CHANGING CLIMATE, CHANGING CROPS


Canada is a world leader in the production of pulses and PEI could be on track for even greater production, thanks to an unlikely ally—climate change. Rising sea levels, more extreme hot days, changing precipitation patterns—Prince Edward Island can expect to experience a number of negative impacts from climate change. But, the prospects aren’t all negative. “In the last 15,…

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RECORD BREAKING RAINFALL MEANS POTATO CROPS ROT


Dismal weather conditions cause havoc leaving thousands of acres unharvested PEI potato production will be way down this year as a result of a bad growing season with not enough rain and then even worse harvest conditions, where too much rain turned fields into mud bogs. There are 84,000 planted acres of potatoes on PEI and each acre is worth…

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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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