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“Bring joy and nourishment to the table,” Halliday says. That’s what makes your message to consumers memorable.

How to talk food in the city

When city consumers want to know how to communicate about food, they go to Voula Halliday

“At the core, you try to create something memorable and special. The possibilities are endless,” says Voula Halliday as we discuss food and events — and how using them together has so much impact when you’re trying to promote causes and make change. It’s a Tuesday morning, and Halliday apologizes as she tells me it […] Read more

Our physiology is still adapted to being in nature,” Williams writes.

Get your nature fix

And make sure the rest of the family does too. Just 15 minutes in nature can cut stress levels

Being surrounded by wide open spaces and nature is undoubtedly one of the benefits of a farming lifestyle. Unfortunately, as farms get bigger, busier and more high-tech, farmers may find they are spending less time enjoying nature. Even worse, as our children spend more time indoors or on screens, they are losing out on the […] Read more


Networking for introverts

It may always be tough for you to say the first hello, but with these tips and your natural listening skills, you can be a networking pro

Most of us have been there. You find yourself standing awkwardly at the refreshment table at a conference, nodding and smiling as people pass you by. You want to connect with them but you’re not quite sure how to do it. If you’re an introvert, which researchers say is about a third of us, then […] Read more

Friendships for your life

For more and more of us, loneliness is a serious health risk

In the farming community, being independent is a point of pride. However, too much independence is actually bad for your health if it leads to social isolation. The research is clear. Multiple studies over the past three decades have shown that loneliness kills. It’s as bad for your health as smoking, being obese, having high […] Read more


Lead change, don’t just manage it

Book review: Leading Change by John P. Kotter

Leading Change John P. Kotter Harvard Business Review Press, 2012 Two decades ago, Harvard professor John Kotter revolutionized how we should think about change, and in the first edition of Leading Change, he laid out an eight-step process for how to transform a business. Although he mainly targets large organizations, Kotter’s thinking seems equally pertinent […] Read more

Eight etiquette rules for the farm

Smooth manners are becoming at least as valuable on the farm as anywhere else

We all know the feeling, like when we’re at a meeting where we don’t know anyone and we’re feeling awkward about starting conversations. Or maybe we’re new on a board or a committee, and we aren’t sure how formal or informal it’s meant to be. Or when we’ve been invited to an event but we […] Read more


Lisa Guenther

Guide Life: About the neighbours

When Country Guide writer Lisa Guenther wrote her acclaimed new novel, Friendly Fire, she set the action in her own rural community. So we asked her to tell us, ‘How good an idea was that?’

There’s a bit of danger, or at least perceived danger, around setting a novel in the rural community that you live in. Especially when the blurb on the back of the book says something about “eviscerating small-town platitudes.” A writer I know asked me, “Aren’t you afraid they’ll run you out of town?” She was […] Read more

Why nice guys do finish first

'Give and Take' looks at why helping others creates success

Give and Take: Why helping others drives our success By Adam Grant, Penguin Publ. Adam Grant’s approach to business relationships seems counterintuitive, like it would make you a suicidal little fish in a tank of big, hungry fish, but Grant sets out in his business bestseller Give and Take to prove that good guys really do […] Read more


The Tastemakers by David Sax. (click image for full view)

Books: The tastemaker

When consumers think food, they don’t think farmer

Sometimes the difference between how farmers and consumers think about food is most glaring when someone tries to cross the divide. Interviewer Helen Lammers-Helps wanted to put the question into the hands of David Sax, a Toronto-based business writer who is becoming a lead voice on food and on who decides what we eat. Sax […] Read more

Arianna Huffington, author of 'Thrive'

This is thriving?

Guide Reviews: Maybe there’s something we can learn from a media darling after all

THRIVE By Arianna Huffington, Crown Publishing Group, $31.00 In her new how-to on how to succeed, and how to know you are succeeding, Arianna Huffington emerges at her ironic best, calling one chapter “Sleep your way to the top.” The irony isn’t really a surprise, but perhaps the message is (or, at least, the growing amount […] Read more