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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.
Rheault Distillery earns more accolades for homegrown spirits

Rheault Distillery earns more accolades for homegrown spirits

Hearst distillers Marcel Rheault and Mireille Morin have more acclaim to add to their growing collection of accolades after participating in the 2015 China Wine & Spirits Awards (CWSA).
Espanola company developing four-season greenhouse

Espanola company developing four-season greenhouse

When Jeff Scharf first set up a prototype of his four-season greenhouse, he was mostly looking to test the performance of its envelope, and he planted a few seeds as an experiment. But he didn’t anticipate just how well it would work.
Highlander Brew Co. plans expansion, brew school

Highlander Brew Co. plans expansion, brew school

Operating in South River since 2012, Highlander has outgrown its existing facility and is undergoing a major expansion that will increase its production capacity and establish a training school for brewery technicians.
Milkweed takes root on Vale slag pile

Milkweed takes root on Vale slag pile

The mountainous slag piles at nickel miner Vale in Sudbury are becoming a favourite landing spot for one of nature’s most threatened species.
Government money down for drains

Government money down for drains

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund has earmarked almost $2 million for agricultural infrastructure project in northeastern Ontario.