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As with many businesses, Danielle French’s path to success wasn’t exactly straight.

Turning the dream into reality

Danielle French’s customers promote South Pond Farms, making this a social media success and a profitable farm venue

Reading Time: 7 minutes “One thing led to another,” Danielle French tells me. You wouldn’t guess it from meeting her. French has transformed a rundown 60-acre property into a highly acclaimed events venue hosting weddings, workshops and farm-to-table dinners. She’s super-organized, super-efficient and bursting with great ideas, and it seems impossible that anyone could have achieved all that without […] Read more

Long-table dinners: The tale of two farms

An enchanting evening meal on the farm can be a great way to raise funds for your favourite causes, and to build support for agriculture too

Reading Time: 5 minutes You can tell from their expressions that it was one of those magical summer evenings. Sue and Don Hilborn served a four-course dinner to 60 people at one long communal table under an awning strung with twinkling lights. Even when the festivities drew to a close and darkness descended, the July evening was enhanced by […] Read more


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

A sense of place

Every place has a story to tell, but be in the moment to enjoy it

Reading Time: 4 minutes We’ve all been struck sometime, visiting a place where the buildings and landscaping just seem to feel right, where there is a sense of harmony and flow. Creating that sense of place doesn’t just happen, says Stratford, Ont. architect Krista Hulshof, who specializes in designs for rural properties. Every place has a story to tell, […] Read more


The table and who’s around it

Even though you’re too busy to spend hours in the kitchen, you can still have a great Sunday meal

Reading Time: 4 minutes The concept of the Sunday Supper is an old one. The traditional day of church and of rest (although not always so much for women and farmers with livestock), Sundays were a day when cooks would take a little extra time to prepare a meal. And while today most days are go-go-go, especially on the […] Read more

Continued cereal R&D in Eastern Canada means more small-grains choices for more growers.

New cereal varieties for Eastern Canada

There’s only a handful of new varieties for planting this fall, but they’re worth a hard look

Reading Time: 2 minutes Increased winter wheat acres are good for Eastern Canada, not only because of crop diversity and longer rotations, but as a contributor to overall soil health. Despite the challenges of fall planting, farmers are clearly deciding there’s real value in maintaining wheat acres: the message is definitely getting through. Yet other, more immediate concerns are […] Read more


Eat together: Have a healthier family

20 years of research proves that sitting down to eat together is good for body, brain and mental health

Reading Time: 6 minutes Here is one thing you can do that will help your kids succeed in school and life, and it’s as simple as making it a habit to eat together as a family. It sounds too good to be true, but true is exactly what it is. That’s according to Dr. Anne Fishel, a family therapist […] Read more