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Prison farms up and running again

CBC News / Amanda Pfeffer / 15 August 2019

The federal government released details Thursday about the relaunch of Canada’s prison farm program.

Cows have already returned to prisons in Joyceville and Collins Bay, Ont., which are located in and around the Kingston, Ont., area. Goats have also returned to Joycevillle, and are expected to arrive in Collins Bay in 2020.

Inmates have been involved in the work to get the farms back in order, but they have not begun actually farming.

“It’s very satisfying to see that it’s been restored,” said Dianne Dowling, a member of the national farmer’s union and a founding member of the Save our Prison Farms campaign, which fought for years to see the program restored.

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Former Homestead flagship to set sail as Greenside Organics

Eastern Ontario AgriNews / Tom Van Dusen / 31 July 2019

The sidelined Berwick organic feed mill is expected to be up and running under new ownership by September.

Former flagship of the collapsed Homestead Organics operation, the mill will also have a new name: Greenside Organics. The name change isn’t a slight on Homestead, said buyer Peter Jegachandran; legal issues require new company identification.

While Jegachandran has limited agricultural experience, he does own cropland which he leases to conventional farmers. A businessman involved in software development and commercial storage, he sees tremendous future potential in the organics sector and in the Berwick facility.

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What we can do now

Toronto Star / Megan Ogilvie / 12 July 2019

It’s clear that Canada, like the rest of the world, is facing a climate crisis.

From melting permafrost in the north, to ninja rain storms in our cities, to the shifting shores on our coasts, we’ve seen the evidence: climate change is real.

We have the facts. So, what comes next?

With no single checklist to follow, no series of straightforward steps to take that will make it all go away, it’s hard to know what to do.

But there are some strategies that will help safeguard our homes, our communities and our country. People are working on them every day.

We hope this handbook will help you find your own path forward.

In it, you will meet people and community groups working to combat climate change — and finding comfort and purpose in their efforts.

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New food truck shines a light on local, sustainable products

Eastern Ontario AgriNews / Kalynn Sawyer Helmer / 04 July 2019

This is just the beginning for Currier and his sous chef Tyler Jones, a new adventure that will help shine a light on the positives of the local agricultural community. “You have to make compromises as a business but we’re trying to do the best we can with what we have. I think this is a good step. I think educating people through food, through product, through any venue is a very important thing especially in the daily living,” he said. “The fact that I can bring my favourite things in life, like gardening, foraging and cooking, together in one stop is great. We need two things in life, water and food to sustain life and I think people should celebrate them a little more.”

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Farmersville Community Abattoir’s future looking bleak

Eastern Ontario AgriNews / Kory Glover / 03 July 2019

Barbara Schaefer and Bernie Barber are retiring at the end of the year, leaving the Farmersville Community Abattoir without a clear future.

Acting as the chair of the Farmersville Community Abattoir’s board of directors for the past four years, Schaefer is ready to hand the reigns to someone else, only problem is, not many people are stepping up to the plate.

“Myself and Bernie Barber, who is our lead butcher, were in it for the long haul but now both of us want to retire,” she said. “Basically what that means is that somebody needs to take over what we’re doing and there is no one to take over what we’re doing.”

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25 tips for going local without going crazy

New Society Publishers / Julia Shanks, Brett Grohsgal / 04 April 2016

Locally sourced and seasonally raised foods taste better, and are better for you. They spend more time in the fields ripening – developing sweetness and flavor – because they don’t need to be picked under-ripe for shipping. Picking under-ripe vegetables also reduces the nutritional value. Farmers can grow more diverse varieties, bred for quality and flavor rather than long shelf life. And though a region may experience a drought or unusually cold weather for a season, the fruits and vegetables still grow at their optimal time, ensuring the best possible taste. Picking under-ripe vegetables reduces the nutritional value.

Buying local also benefits the environment and economy.

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The Transition Framework

The Transition Towns movement aims toward veering away from excessive consumption – to deal with the conjoined problems of peak oil and climate change – but also in the belief that we may create an essentially more contented society, through building strong and resilient local communities. We will get to know our neighbours better, because we shall all need one another in the time to come.

— Chris Rhodes, Resource Insights (03 June 2013)
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