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Tuesday, October 2, 2018
As the pasture grass settled into dormancy and the weeds thrived in this summer s drought, the goats wove through the weedy jungle nibbling at leaves and leaving tough, bare stalks behind. The mower took care of these unwanted interlopers ...
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Thanks to the Blyth Festival s revival of the play 1837: The Farmers Revolt this summer, some new attention was drawn to a crucial moment in Canadian history that s often forgotten or, worse, treated as a comic opera.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
As my loved ones have spread out across the country, this summer I ve had the opportunity to see more of Canada than I ever have before. Funny thing is . travelling has a way of opening my eyes to some of the things I love about home.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Fast Eddy has preacher boy Jack right where he wants him riding shotgun in his three-quarter ton 63 Chev, running down a little-used gravel track at 35 miles per hour.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Did you see the item on the news last night about Cliff Murray started to ask the other morning at Mabel s Grill, but George McKenzie interrupted him.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment, declares the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But what if you can t get enough people ...
Thursday, September 6, 2018
The room was full of cattlemen. Those from Western Canada were conspicuous in their cowboy boots and hats. All were there to learn about...
Thursday, September 6, 2018
My neighbour was almost apologetic when he told me his winter wheat yielded 90 bushels to the acre this year, saying he d heard of others with better...
Thursday, September 6, 2018
One Sunday afternoon, between hay and wheat harvest, we packed up our bikes and headed for Auburn. It was a beautiful sunny day, not too hot, not too windy, but with a refreshing breeze keeping us cool...
Thursday, September 6, 2018
The summer her mother died, the garden bloomed as never before...
Thursday, September 6, 2018
This summer I ve been on a mission. My objective: eradicate from our 96-acre farm some of the invasive plant species. I ve been hacking, slashing, cutting, chopping and smothering garlic mustard, goutweed, European buckthorn, European barberry...
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
My friend had a goat whom she loved. She named it. Bestowed attention on it. Fed it way too much grain and let the goat have the run of the place. It would visit her inside the house and when in a good mood, return her affections in kind.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
When I read articles or see television video about how the world is drowning in plastic these days, I can t help thinking it s another example of the need to be careful that what you wish for might come true.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
The dry years scare you, the wet years starve you. That is a weather saying that, while new to me, is one that from my experience rings pretty true.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Anyone with a relatively small patch of fertile ground can grow a considerable amount of food. The following is a list, in no particular order, of some of my garden favourites.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Sure, I ll have another cup, said Cliff Murray when Molly Whiteside came around offering to refill his cup for the third time the other morning at Mabel s Grill.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Considering the recent election of a new (well, old) government, I thought I d use this page (mwahaha!) to write about a time long-ago when Ontario voted for a party of farmers.
Monday, June 25, 2018
Research chicken tractors and you ll find a myriad of designs and contraptions which transport chickens across a grassy field to devour fresh greens and protein-rich insects.
Monday, June 25, 2018
As I drove to Toronto one recent Sunday morning I found myself as frustrated as if I d been caught in a traffic jam on the city s edge. But it wasn t other drivers who raised my blood pressure. It was what I was listening to on the radio.
Monday, June 25, 2018
Back in the winter, I wrote a column about rural poverty, living wage, and some United Way research about life in Huron and Perth Counties. I don t usually get feedback from the columns that I write but that one did inspire a couple of people to make...
Monday, June 25, 2018
Jack and Eddy have been sitting in silence for some time, poles extended over the deepest pool in this stretch of the stream or crick as Eddy would say sacrificial dew worms suspended in the violet darkness.
Monday, June 25, 2018
You know what I hate most about summer? George McKenzie was grumbling the other day. Family reunions!
Monday, June 25, 2018
I have always been skeptical, I have to admit, of aid organizations promising to deliver goats, chickens or pigs to people who forego Christmas presents.
Monday, June 25, 2018
A recent conversation with my neighbour demonstrated how farmers can view the relationship between agriculture and nature in different ways. We encountered each other along a fence line between our farms. My neighbour asked if I d like my side of the...
Monday, June 25, 2018
Cliff Murray had arrived early so when Dave Winston and George McKenzie arrived he was reading one of the Toronto newspapers that Mabel keeps around for the Grill s customers.
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