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Cheers! Raise a glass to the farm-to-bottle trend

Cheers! Raise a glass to the farm-to-bottle trend

No one knows grain quality quite like a farmer

Reading Time: 6 minutes When sixth-generation potato grower Devon Strang had potatoes that were too small for retail sales, he used to ship them to a dehydrator to be turned into potato flakes.  It didn’t exactly pay. “There are a lot of farms in the area growing potatoes,” Strang explains. “There’s an abundance of smalls and the (dehydrators) won’t […] Read more

“Co-ops are a product of the times,” says Co-operatives First’s Audra Krueger. Today, that means adopting the goals of young, business-minded farmers.

Capitalizing on co-operation

Agricultural co-ops are chasing new goals with the times. Could it be time for you to join a land-trust co-op? Or a branding co-op?

Reading Time: 6 minutes At first, this example might seem on the edge, but it illustrates a bigger point. When Chris Bodnar and Paige Dampier started farming in 2007, finding affordable land was a major roadblock. So, as founders of Close to Home Organics, they purchased a share in the Glen Valley Organic Farm Co-operative, which provided them affordable […] Read more


Accidents and other medical emergencies could leave you unconscious or otherwise unable to make your own health care decisions.

Have a plan in place before it’s too late

What every farmer needs to know about health care directives

Reading Time: 5 minutes When the topic of estate planning comes up, the first notion that pops into our heads is how we will divide our assets after we’re gone. That’s important, of course, but an estate plan also include important documents like a health care directive that might be essential while you’re still alive. A health care directive […] Read more

Estate planning when you have no heirs

Estate planning when you have no heirs

These strategies ensure your hard work in this world creates a meaningful legacy when you’re gone

Reading Time: 5 minutes If you’ve put off writing a will, you’re in good company. A report from the Angus Reid Institute has found that more than half of Canadians have no estate plan. Canadians who don’t have a will typically blame it on the high legal costs, but Bud Arnold, CPA and tax partner with Baker Tilly Canada, […] Read more


“Estate planning was much simpler 10 to 20 years ago,” says wealth management advisor Brent Dekoning. In fact, tax changes in even the last couple of years can expose the farm to huge costs.

Five new trends in estate planning

It’s easy to feel like everything is under control. After all, you signed your will years ago. So everything is great, right?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Canada is in the midst of a massive intergenerational transfer of wealth with the owners of trillions of dollars in assets thinking they’ll pass all that wealth on to their children. Despite this historic handoff from one generation to the next, the Investment Planning Counsel reveals that few Canadians have discussed their investment plans with […] Read more

Consumers were stuck at home, so Dufferin Ontario farmers used technology to bring the farm to their screens. It took time, effort and a bit of courage, but the message was clear: “It’s important to support local farm communities.”

The pandemic paradox

These farms are growing their sales and they’re enhancing their connections with consumers, all because of the COVID-19 pandemic

Reading Time: 7 minutes It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic broke critical links in the supply chains that have been helping virtually all farmers build tighter relationships with a non-farming public. But neither is it a secret that Canada’s growing direct-to-consumer farmers faced an even more urgent challenge when restaurants, food markets and other sales outlets closed and […] Read more


A focus on value, not price

Agriprocity’s Nicole Rogers is in the U.S. selling an export market plan most farmers north of the border balked at

Reading Time: 8 minutes In 2008, Nicole Rogers was living in Dubai and working as a trade attaché for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada when she connected with several investors in the Gulf region who wanted to purchase Canadian farmland. The investors wanted large tracts of arable land in the Prairies to grow wheat and pulses that can’t be grown […] Read more

Tips on planning a lasting legacy

Seven things you need to know about including charitable giving in your estate plan

Reading Time: 5 minutes When retired farmers Scott and Laura-Lee Lewis of York, P.E.I., shared their plans to bequeath $500,000 from their life insurance policies to two local charities, their generosity made national headlines. In a 2019 article in The Charlottetown Guardian about their planned giving, the couple said, “As business owners, we felt giving an insurance policy was […] Read more


Can COVID-19 save community supported agriculture?

Despite all the headlines, consumers have been slow to sign on to community supported agriculture. Now, COVID-19 is giving it fresh life, but farmers will still need a dose of business smarts

Reading Time: 6 minutes Every spring, Graham Sparrow asks the same question: Should I continue offering CSA shares? Sparrow has been selling shares of organic produce through the community supported agriculture (CSA) model since he started Sparrow’s Nest Organics more than 20 years ago. He admits, though, “I’ve always struggled to keep people interested and keep the CSA going.” […] Read more

Crowdfunding the farm

These unconventional farms are raising the funds they need for expansion and to support their ongoing operations by turning to customers and small investors

Reading Time: 5 minutes When Kate Collins got the idea to transition her farm from market vegetables to medicinal herbs, she learned she’d need new infrastructure to dry, process and store bulk herbs, teas, seasonings and skin care products. The project was bigger than you might think. It would cost Foggy River Farm at Uxbridge, Ont., $45,000 to convert […] Read more