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We all eat, yet many of us give little thought to where our food actually comes from, what is in it, and who produces it. Today, less than two per cent of Canadians are farmers – this has led to a huge disconnect between the farm and our dinner plates. The Real Dirt on Farming blog is a good start for connecting us, and sharing credible facts on food and farming in Canada.
By: Emily Blake The Yukon is known more for its dark frigid winters and the Klondike Gold Rush than farming. But Alan and Cathy Stannard, owners and operators of Mandalay Farm, are hoping to change that perception. “When we look over our property we’re truly blessed or lucky or fortunate, whatever you want to call […]
Profile: Gerrid Gust, pulse farmer Gerrid and Monica Gust, together with Gerrid’s parents and his brother and wife, make up Gust Farms Limited, a multi-generation family farm. For over 100 years, the Gusts have farmed in the Davidson area. As active parents of three very busy children, Hannah, Heather and Rhett, Gerrid and Monica are […]
Meet Nancy Johns, who, with her husband Jason, own and operate Zelma Acres in central Saskatchewan. This fifth-generation family farm of about 5,600 acres is a Century Family Farm. Retired father-in-law Lloyd is their right-hand man during the busy seasons. The Johns family grows flax, barley, wheat, peas, lentils and canola on their farm. Nancy […]
What does the circle of life, eggnog and a passion for farming have in common? Quick answer: Joe Kleinsasser Joe started working in a hog barn when he was a kid. “We don’t have hogs anymore but I love the circle of life, it’s the eternal cycle of renewal, raising the young animals, that somehow […]
By Christine Wilkinson It’s been a long and winding road to get to where I am now. I grew up on a farm in Milton, Ontario. Yes, Milton – a Greater Toronto-Area city that had a population of 25,000 people when I was a kid, and now has over 100,000 residents. Right out of high […]
Doesn’t every chicken have a nutritionist? Isn’t the morning rush only in cities? Well, maybe not. These appear to be some of the secrets to success on the Wiens farm (part of the Fehr family farm) near Hague. At seven weeks old, Jackson Wiens is happily swinging in the kitchen—it’s early days for this fourth-generation […]
By Sarah Sheppard I recently had the chance to attend a screening of a new movie about food production, breeding methods and technology at my alma matter, the University of Guelph. It was followed by a panel of a group of scientists and activists who I think I are really cool. The Food Evolution movie tells the […]
By Sarah Sheppard I recently had the chance to attend a screening of a new movie about food production, breeding methods and technology at my alma matter, the University of Guelph. It was followed by a panel of a group of scientists and activists who I think I are really cool. I recently had the […]
Why I want to be a farm animal vet By Shannon Finn Ever wondered what it takes to be a veterinarian? As a fourth year veterinary student at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College, I thought I’d give some background on the process, and our role in Canadian Agriculture. I grew up in Baden, […]
Lorna Callbeck Jeff Mathieson is a fourth-generation farmer who runs the day to day operations of their grain farm near Watson, SK. During the busy times, like seeding and harvest, Jeff’s dad comes out of retirement to run the sprayer and drive the combine but they also hire some part-time employees to make sure everything […]
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