• Harper Government Ensuring Grain Farmers' Access to Advance Payments Program

    October 07, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today that the Advance Payments Program (APP) for Western wheat and barley producers will now be delivered by the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA), who currently administer the program for over 20 other commodities in Western Canada. "Canada's wheat and barley producers constantly adapt their operations to economic and weather realities and their ability to secure cash flow is an essential part of their business decisions," said Minister Ritz. "Our Government is taking clear and concise action so that wheat, durum, and barley farmers have access to the Advance Payments Program without disruption."
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  • Metro Vancouver Looks to Revive Farming at Regional Park

    October 06, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Can urban farms co-exist with the nature-lovers and wildlife that share regional parks? This is Metro Vancouver's vision for Colony Farm Park, a former dairy farm that lies between Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam. A special joint committee recommended today that its board of directors approve a draft plan to create a $5-million "sustainable food production academy" at the park.
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  • 'The Gift Of Detroit': Tilling Urban Terrain

    October 05, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Detroit is a surprisingly green landscape during the spring and summer months. The site of many houses that are crumbling, boarded up or missing altogether is tempered by community gardens and even some urban farms. There are some serious urban gardeners in this country, but few can match the agricultural output of Paul Weertz.
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  • Urban Agriculture Bylaws Under Scrutiny

    October 04, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Urban agriculture may be coming to Squamish backyards soon, but don’t expect to see vegetable and fruit stands popping up around town.The District of Squamish is combing through its zoning bylaws. The review aims to update the document while including new regulations that promote an environmentally friendly community. In the draft bylaws was one that would allow people on lots zoned for residential use to grow produce and build a structure up to 30 square metres from which to sell their goods.
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  • Gardening Helps Kids to Become Responsible and Calm: Study

    October 03, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    A new survey suggested that teaching children how to garden helps them to become responsible, realise where food comes from and calms their behaviour. The poll by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) revealed that more than half parents said it gave their children a sense of responsibility, while almost 20 per cent said it calmed their behaviour.
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