• Rouge National Urban Park will be a treasure for Toronto and all of Canada

    April 30, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    It won’t be just for Torontonians, although they stand to gain a lot. Canada’s first national urban park, in the Rouge Valley, will open woodland trials, wetlands, an education and interpretive centre, cultural events and examples of sustainable agriculture to seven million people within an hour’s drive. Many don’t visit national parks now. In that regard, the planned Rouge National Urban Park promises to be an eye-opener. The new “people’s park” will be huge — covering 6,000 hectares, 15 times bigger than Central Park in New York City.
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  • Local Food Delivered: CSAs Give Families a Chance to Skip the Produce Aisle at the Megamart

    April 27, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    VANCOUVER – Thousands of B.C. families will skip the produce aisle at the supermarket this summer and instead buy their whole season’s worth of fresh vegetables from local farmers, paid up front. Prepaid contracts for a box of locally grown produce delivered each week during the growing season are the fastest growing segment of the eat local movement, according to Tallulah Winkelman of FarmFolkCityFolk.
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  • Vancouver to Improve Legal Landscape for Farming on Residential Lands

    April 25, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    The City of Vancouver is pursuing changes to bylaws and regulations that will rescue commercial urban agriculture from its legal limbo. A team of city staff members has convened with the goal of removing the legal impediments to farming on both public and private land, according to Coun. Andrea Reimer.
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  • Innovation and Market Development at the Fore of Canada's Next Agricultural Policy Framework

    April 24, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Gatineau, Québec - April 20, 2012 - With record high farm incomes and a positive economic outlook for the Canadian agriculture industry as a backdrop, Agriculture Ministers met today and launched the final stage of negotiations of the next agriculture policy framework for the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector. Ministers agreed that the new framework will focus on investments in innovation, competitiveness, market opportunities, adaptability and sustainability. Ministers aim to sign the agreement at their next annual meeting in September and to have the new framework in place by April 2013.
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  • Lantzville Digs in New Direction on Urban Agriculture

    April 19, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    A new bylaw is intended to limit the transportation of soil to address issues around urban agriculture in Lantzville. Council isn’t moving forward with the original proposed urban agriculture bylaw. Lantzville Mayor Jack de Jong said after receiving legal advice on the proposed urban agriculture bylaw, council realized it covered too many aspects and was trying to regulate items that were already covered by other jurisdictions, such as the provincial agriculture ministry.
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  • New Young Farmer Loan to Help Next Generation of Producers

    April 12, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, April 12, 2012 – Young and beginning farmers will find it easier to start and grow their farm businesses with the help of a new $500 million loan program. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Farm Credit Canada (FCC) President and CEO Greg Stewart introduced the Young Farmer Loan today.
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  • City of Edmonton to hold Urban Agriculture Conference in May

    April 11, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    As part of the lead-up to the creation of a food and agriculture strategy for Edmonton, the city’s sustainable development department is hosting a two-day conference, May 25th and 25th, called Food in the City. The keynote speaker will be Wayne Roberts, author of The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food and former manager of the Toronto Food Policy Council.
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  • Harper Government Helps Manitoba Company Pound Out New Jobs and Market Opportunities

    April 10, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, April 10, 2012 - The Government of Canada is investing in a vegetable processing facility that will benefit local growers and create 20 jobs during the first year of production. Member of Parliament Candice Hoeppner (Portage-Lisgar), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today an investment of $2.5 million for Canadian Prairie Garden Puree Products Inc. to increase production of their high-quality purees.
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  • Roses for the Ravishing

    April 05, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Peter Howard has been growing roses for almost a quarter of a century. His first planting was a a red grandiflora called 'Ole', in 1986, and he has been a devoted rosarian ever since. Today, as well as caring for the roses in his own garden, he also helps to look after more than 800 rose bushes in what is probably the best rose garden in Greater Vancouver -- the Centennial Rose Garden at 621 Poirier Street in Coquitlam.
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  • Economic Partnership Agreement Launched with Japan - Canada's Second Largest Agriculture Export Market

    April 02, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Seoul, South Korea, March 26, 2012 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz joined Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Japan to launch negotiations of an Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan that will benefit both countries' agricultural industries. Minister Ritz led a diverse delegation of Canadian agriculture industry to Japan and met with Japanese beef, pork, grain and oilseed buyers in an effort to grow market opportunities for Canada's safe, high-quality products.
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