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Kapuskasing emerging as agri-food hub for the North

Kapuskasing emerging as agri-food hub for the North

A decision five years ago to flag agriculture as a priority sector is paying off in Kapuskasing, and the area is now re-emerging as an agricultural hub in the North.
Timmins farmers aiming to raise 3,000 birds

Timmins farmers aiming to raise 3,000 birds

After meeting at agricultural school, Harold and Patsy Schmidt married, found work outside the food industry, and started a family, all the while holding out for their long-time dream: a farm of their own.
Dryden food co-op grows its stable of producers, consumers

Dryden food co-op grows its stable of producers, consumers

A popular food co-operative in northwestern Ontario has grown its online presence in bridging the gap between farmers and devotees of locally produced food.
Sault local food festival celebrates third year

Sault local food festival celebrates third year

The Eat Algoma food festival will mark its third year on Sept. 17 in Desbarats just outside of Sault Ste. Marie.
Gardens seeing rise in local food cultivation

Gardens seeing rise in local food cultivation

Five years ago, when Sylvia Stockill started cultivating fruit and vegetable gardens for her own interest, her produce was so plentiful and tasty, friends encouraged her to turn it into a business.
Honeybee killer can have practical applications, says researcher

Honeybee killer can have practical applications, says researcher

Neonicotinoids — a type of pesticide used in agriculture and horticulture — have been implicated in honeybee colony collapse, but one scientist doesn’t believe a full ban on the pesticide is necessary, especially as it applies to forestry.
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

In 2011, while travelling in China, François Nadeau was dismayed to realize he couldn’t find cheese — an uncommon delicacy in Asia — anywhere. It was then that he decided he would learn how to make his own so he would never have to do without it.