Field margins offer varied and considerable benefits at all scales, from landscapes of large grain fields to market gardens and small horticultural acreages.
A common organism is blocking diseases like botrytis and sclerotinia, and raising hopes among organic growers. No spray required, just bees.
Will Oddie, an organic grain farmer in Saskatchewan, discusses the barriers to sourcing organic seed, the difficult choices that follow and his hopes for the future of organic seed production in Canada.
Andrew Michalski's interest in genetic diversity extends beyond seeds to farm livestock. He raises rare, heritage breeds of sheep and cattle on his farm and sees the survival of these breeds dependent on finding a profitable purpose through niche marketing.
Bringing a do-it-yourself approach to plant breeding, four Ontario growers are developing early blocky sweet peppers for their region.
I remember the first time I saw a farmer using a washing machine as a salad spinner. I had been farming for just a short while and I thought it was just the best idea ever.