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Mushroom producer looking to commercialize crop

Mushroom producer looking to commercialize crop

Dr. Jack Hay believes the next cash crop for Northern Ontario lies not in open fields basking in sunshine, but along the dark forest floor in the decaying, eroded wood of fallen logs.
Grant Farms rapidly expands

Grant Farms rapidly expands

The Grant Farms ’ sprawling grain elevator facility north of New Liskeard is an impressive sight. What’s even more impressive is that nothing was there just a few years ago.
Funding programs for farmers change focus

Funding programs for farmers change focus

Some farmers are finding it harder to access government funding programs since their focus has changed over the years. Temiskaming District farmer Kevin Runnalls said the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp.
Manitoulin stable owner gets eco-friendly

Manitoulin stable owner gets eco-friendly

Kyla Jansen's farm didn't become environmentally friendly by design. But when you live in a rural area where services are limited, adaptability is your best asset.
Providence Bay abattoir to process Manitoulin meats

Providence Bay abattoir to process Manitoulin meats

Over the last 16 years, beef production on Manitoulin Island has dwindled dramatically, thanks to a tangle of prohibitive food safety regulations and expensive off-Island shipping costs.
Blue Goose revitalizing Manitoulin ag industry

Blue Goose revitalizing Manitoulin ag industry

Kevin Reed’s ardour for Manitoulin Island was cultivated from a young age, as he spent successive summers growing up on its rocky shores.
Manitoulin trout farmer schooling province on fish production

Manitoulin trout farmer schooling province on fish production

Arriving at Meeker's Aquaculture , owner Mike Meeker is so busy answering the rings of three phones that his faithful dogs, Roscoe and Maddy, stand in as the welcoming committee at the Manitoulin Island fish farm.

Island fish farmer lauded as Northern entrepreneur

Manitoulin Island-based aquaculturalist Mike Meeker has been recognized by the Community Futures Network of Canada as an Ontario entrepreneur.
Hearst seedling greenhouse delves into consumables

Hearst seedling greenhouse delves into consumables

What started as an association to create job opportunities for single mothers has flourished as a viable greenhouse operation.
Innovations keep fish farming fresh

Innovations keep fish farming fresh

“Have you ever heard, when ice is breaking up, that distinctive tinkling sound?” asked Mike Meeker as he surveyed the water surrounding his Evansville-based cage culture fish farm.