Food diversity and tradition, genuine foods and flavours, the appreciation of quality food, a less hectic pace of life. These are some of Slow Food’s central philosophies, and they reflect values that many Canadian organic growers share.
“When farms are factories, they produce commodities and profit for agribusiness and charge external costs to the land and rural communities. When farms are natural habitats for humans, domesticated crops and livestock, and also for wild plants and animals, they produce food and multiple other benefits for society… We need all people to look at farming with new eyes, to see the potential of the farm as natural habitat, and to refuse to accept the inevitability of farms becoming rural factories to serve the global economy. We must teach that ‘the land is one organism.’” —Dana Jackson, The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems with Ecosystems. 2002.
At the Guelph Organic Conference, Paul and Sandy Arnold will talk about “Organic market garden costing and budgeting for production and harvesting” in the Production scale market garden seminar on January 23, 2004 from 1:15–4:15 p.m. at the University of Guelph.
The amount of water that can be stored in a soil has a big impact on the efficiency of water capture and use. When the storage capacity is low, much of the rain that falls during extended periods of precipitation is lost. In contrast, a high water storage capacity, combined with the effective capture of rain and snowmelt over the fall, winter and spring can support a crop through an extended dry period.
Internal parasitism is considered to be one of the most prominent livestock disease in Canada, causing economic and production losses to many ruminant livestock producers.
The debate on how to manage foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) takes on a serious tone considering the latest statistics from the U.K. As of May 14, 2001, over three million animals had been slaughtered, including approximately 500,000 cattle, over two million sheep, 118,000 pigs, and 2,000 goats. Half a million animals are awaiting slaughter.2 It has been estimated that 95% of slaughtered animals were healthy and uninfected.
It's reasonable to say that ten years ago, many organic consumers were happy to buy organic food, regardless of the quality. But increasingly, today’s organic consumer is a different breed and won’t accept stunted apples, wilted spinach, or stale bread. Organic and high quality. That’s what consumers expect today.
Biennial vegetables in flower are among the most interesting things for a gardener to see. Apart from being quite lovely (parsnip, leek and celery flowers could easily be garden ornamentals), they are a necessary stage of growth that is rarely seen. Most commercial seeds of cabbage, beet, turnip, celery and other biennials are grown further south, mostly overseas. The reason that you don't see these plants in bloom here is that some care is usually needed to keep them alive through the winter.
If you’re like me, you started your tomato seedlings too early and now they’re long, spindly vines falling over and getting tangled with one another. Last year, I started mine a few weeks earlier than I should have, and then our late spring kept them indoors for two weeks longer. I wish I had a greenhouse. Don’t we all wish that?
Since the mid 1990s, precipitation in many parts of Canada has become much more early in the 20th Century, Albert Howard, working in India, Noted the prominence of pests on crops where "artificials" (chemical fertilizers) were used, and their virtual absence in the traditional farming systems.