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La Route des Saveurs (The Flavour Trail)

In both languages, it spells an unbelievable farm success

Reading Time: 8 minutes Some 350 million years ago, a massive meteorite plummeted out of the heavens, slammed into Earth and gouged out a giant bowl-shaped crater that today is the remarkably beautiful, fertile region of Charlevoix, Que. Wedged between the picturesque north shore of the mighty St. Lawrence and the stunning Laurentian Mountains, this UNESCO-designated biosphere is just […] Read more

“If you don’t get out and see what the other guy is doing, you won’t know if you’re behind them or beside them or in front.

Stretch your horizons

Here’s why taking an agri-tourist vacation might be your business’ best investment all year

Reading Time: 4 minutes Many farmers — because they prefer being busy, productive, active and physical — steer clear of the beachy, all-relaxation style of vacation, knowing it will leave them feeling more frustrated than rejuvenated. But don’t let yourself off the hook so fast. Not going on a beach vacation is one thing. Not going on a vacation […] Read more


Step two to value adding: Preparation

What you should know before you open your farm gate to the public

Reading Time: 6 minutes Direct marketing and value adding can be the logical next step on the path to farm expansion. Whether it’s growing strawberries to sell through your own retail outlet, or hosting dinners in the old bank barn, or any of the 1,000 other possibilities, such opportunities can help the farm capitalize on its investments and expand […] Read more

With views of the Mediterranean, I Cianelli finds a way to value add with its stony ground.

The olive groves and vineyards of Liguria

Italy’s tiny farms are clinging to life as tenaciously as they cling to their hillsides. Now it appears they may have found their road to success

Reading Time: 7 minutes The road to the farm called I Cianelli runs out of the seaside resort of Andora, Italy, through the basil fields behind it. Narrow at first, the road curves up the stony hillside to a ledge overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, for it is here, from an impressive limestone house surrounded by native brush and olive […] Read more


Hillsides that a few years ago were almost worthless now sell for $120,000 an acre.

That’s the spirit

Farm smarts, an incredible dose of dedication, and intense passion for their products are driving these two ventures into consumerism

Reading Time: 9 minutes Maybe these two startup agribusinesses are riding the coattails of B.C.’s wine industry. Or, maybe they’re on to something unique and innovative. Either way, they’re succeeding in farm-based ventures based on the passions of their customers, and they are thriving on the essential passion of their owners. With the summer tourist season barely six weeks […] Read more