Is Local Food “Making It” in Ontario?

The signs are not good. Two really great local food places have closed down in Wellington County this year. They were big players when I helped with the launch of the region’s taste~real local food brand in 2011. Over and over again, I hear people say that they love the idea of local food butContinue reading “Is Local Food “Making It” in Ontario?”

Wordless Wednesday: Fired for Speaking the Truth con’d !

“I wish there was more profit in farming,” one farmer says. “There is,” the other replies. “In year 2015 the C.E.O.s of Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer and John Deere combined made more money than 2,129 Iowa farmers.” (article here)

My Oasis in an Ocean of Field Crops

Where’s the food? or even the beef?! I rent a couple of acres surrounded by acres and acres of corn, soya beans and grains. These are very successful farmers, but where is the food if I should not be able to find any at the grocery store? One summer, it could only be found inContinue reading “My Oasis in an Ocean of Field Crops”

Is Ag3.0 about the Small Family Farm?

Today, I received Olivier De Schutter’s final report to the UN Human Rights Council after his six-year term as Special Rapporteur. Throughout his term, he has been calling for the world’s food systems “to be radically and democratically redesigned”, primarily through agroecological farming practices. “Objectives such as supplying diverse, culturally-acceptable foods to communities, supporting smallholders,Continue reading “Is Ag3.0 about the Small Family Farm?”

Thoughtful Thursday: Incorporating the Sacred in Agriculture

“If we devote ourselves to sacredness in our vocations, the world will rise to meet us.” – Joel Salatin All of us everyday are writing a life story and a legacy for our heritage and the next generation. But without sacredness, honour and nobility in our personal vocation, we are only doing the expedient thingContinue reading “Thoughtful Thursday: Incorporating the Sacred in Agriculture”

Malta- a Mediterranean Introduction

Malta is my introduction to Mediterranean culture. I am interested in the popularity and health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, as an example of what terroir or identity of place can offer society, from a pride of growing to consuming foods like locally grown vegetables and typical Mediterranean food, such as capers, olives, sundried tomatoesContinue reading “Malta- a Mediterranean Introduction”

Well-being Before Material Growth

Traditionally, we have measured social progress, or standard of living, as the amount of economic growth based on various indices (such as the GDP or gross domestic product, a measure of the gross domestic income per capita), however with more awareness of true sustainability and the fact that the richest nations are proving to beContinue reading “Well-being Before Material Growth”