Category Archives: Agriculture

Homemade Compost Tea that Your Plants will Love

What is compost tea and how do you make it? People like to drink tea for its health benefits and pleasant taste. Plants like tea as well – just a different kind, one that’s steeped in compost. Every seasoned gardener knows the benefits that compost has on the soil food web and the health of…

Welcome to the 2017 Farmers’ Market Season

Normally I'd be reporting to you directly from a market venue, but this year, I wanted to make sure you know where to get the best food Halton has to offer as soon as those markets open! So, as I eagerly await my first taste of fresh Ontario spring produce (asparagus, leafy greens, fresh herbs!!),…

Learn how to build your own pallet garden

Have you ever wondered what the opposite of a green thumb is? I have. A quick google search delivers the insight of the urban dictionary with the following: Black Thumb - A wannabe gardener who kills plants. Opposite of green thumb. Example: “I have killed all the plants in my house. I must have a…

HFC on the Farm!

Standing in their greenhouse, munching on garlic shoots and lemon balm leaves that were growing around us, David Beyers shared the story of Beyers & Jacks Organics with us – from their aim of always more sustainability, to their love/hate relationship with challenges. The brothers, David and Meiring, along with Joel Porter, their assistant farmer,…

A journey: Agriculture in Viet Nam and Thailand

As the Agricultural Liaison Officer for Halton Region, I have a passion for agriculture and have been enrolled in the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP) for the last year and a half. AALP is a two year executive development program that attracts those interested in shaping the future of the agriculture and food industry as…

How gardening can make you an environmentalist

Growing plants and vegetables is one of the greenest things you can do. Gardening can help reduce your environmental footprint, but it also highlights the interconnectedness of all the different parts of an ecosystem. To have a successful garden, a gardener needs to understand the relationships between soil, plants, biodiversity, climate, and water. In doing…

Art in the Garden

To cultivate. We use this verb to speak of growth and potential. To cultivate a garden means to prepare for growth: to tend the soil in a way that anticipates the needs of the plants and provides them room, nutrients, and the capacity to flourish. To cultivate culture, means to nurture what is best in…

Celebrate March break with sweet local food adventures

March is a great month for some sweet local food adventures. It's the time of year where spring is in sight, sap is moving in our maple trees, and rich maple syrup is flowing straight into my belly! As far as I'm concerned, there are only two seasons in Halton: maple, and not maple. This…

Vermicompost for your veggies

They’re slimy and wriggly and gross looking. But worms might just be one of the best things you can have in your garden. Many gardeners gauge the health of their soils by the number of worms living in them. And the reason? Worms make worm castings – vermicompost – a highly valuable plant food that…

Celebrate local food this winter in Halton

This past summer and fall we featured the tastiest local foods from across the Halton Region. With farmers’ markets and pick-your own farms, the freshest produce is never far during the warmer seasons. While there may be fewer options for local foods as we head into February, there are still farm stores, food events, and…