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Northwest rice harvester gaining popularity

Northwest rice harvester gaining popularity

Kailey Divers’ first appearance at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair last fall proved to be a productive trip for the northwestern Ontario wild rice harvester.
Kap partnering to bring medical marijuana plant to town

Kap partnering to bring medical marijuana plant to town

The Town of Kapuskasing is playing the waiting game to hear whether the community and its partner will be approved for a medical marijuana production facility.
Agri-food group working on university pollinator project

Agri-food group working on university pollinator project

The Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) in Sault Ste. Marie is working with the University of Guelph to monitor pollinators in Northern Ontario.
Cheese lovers flocking to Kap for artisanal fare

Cheese lovers flocking to Kap for artisanal fare

François Nadeau learned art of cheesemaking while studying in France
Partners revive Northern Ontario brewing stalwart

Partners revive Northern Ontario brewing stalwart

Driving home from work every day, past the crumbling Northern Breweries complex, Mike Oknianski would muse about Northern Ontario’s rich brewing history, dismayed that nothing was being done to preserve it.
Beef farmers look to gain ground in the Clay Belt

Beef farmers look to gain ground in the Clay Belt

After the turn of the last century, the provincial government set about creating a “New Ontario” by offering land and cash to populate the Great Northern Clay Belt with first-time farmers.

Egg Farmers of Canada hatching a plan for new housing standards

Abraham Frey's 450 free range hens live out their lives in a spacious barn, and run through green fields in the summer.
Container farms enable indoor growing

Container farms enable indoor growing

For two friends named Eric, food production wasn’t even on their radar until a few years ago when they alighted on the idea of shipping container farms.
Sault grocery store to sell beer

Sault grocery store to sell beer

Pino’s Get Fresh in Sault Ste. Marie is among the first grocery stores approved to carry beer as part of the province’s new alcohol sales strategy announced last spring.
FarmStart offers training for new Northern farmers

FarmStart offers training for new Northern farmers

FarmStart wants to get more new and young farmers into the North, and a pilot project is using training, peer mentorship and marketing to get them here.