SNAPP to Success: Innovation in Beef Farming on Manitoulin Island

The Martin family began farming beef in 1998, and direct market their products under their own brand -Pure Island Beef.  The brand sells both grain-fed and grass-fed beef as boxed cuts online as well as to local markets and butcher shops in the Sudbury and Toronto area. Innovation is something the Martins have been pursuing ever since they began farming …

Algoma Crop Tour 2021

A tour of crops growing in Algoma (August 20, 2021) that include corn, soybeans, barley, canola and sorghum. The tour features the project, “On-farm augmentation of indigenous mycorrhizal inoculum for more sustainable and profitable canola-soybean rotations” with Algoma University, University of Guelph and University of Waterloo. A special thanks to the producers who contributed to the success of research and …

SNAPP to Success: Ugly Barn Farm

The Ugly Barn Farm is a small-scale mushroom farm located in Markstay, Ontario currently producing 18 species of medicinal and gourmet mushrooms.  Mushrooms are produced with as much local material as possible and without the use of pesticides, in a year-round growing facility.  The Sustainable New Agri-Food Products & Productivity (SNAPP) Program assisted Ugly Barn Farm to purchase an additional …

SNAPP to Success: Hubbert’s Maple Products

Hubbert’s Maple Products is a family-owned maple syrup farm, which started in Canada in 1861. The 1030-acre farm produces maple syrup as well as value-added products such as, maple butter, maple candy, and barbeque sauce and deliver to over 20 retail stores throughout mostly Northern Ontario. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a shift of the farm’s customer base. The cancellation …

SNAPP to Success: Twin Rivers Farm

Twin Rivers Farm is a U-pick berry farm located north of Thessalon, Ontario. The farm was a family-run U-pick operation for over 30 years, that provided fresh berries to the surrounding area.  Ryan & Cassie Whitehead purchased the farm in 2019 and produce strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries sold directly from the farm.  The Sustainable New Agri-Food Products & Productivity (SNAPP) …

Adapting to the new normal on Silver Creek Farm

Silver Creek Farm is a small family farm enterprise located outside Thunder Bay Ontario, producing pasture-raised heritage pork & beef, free-range eggs, spring seedlings, and seasonal heirloom vegetables. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a surge in demand for local beef and pork and as a result of this early surge in sales, the farm ran out of beef and pork freezer …

Indigenous Agri-Food Funders Forum

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs invites you to join two free Indigenous Agi-Food Funder’s Forum Webinars The forum will provide information on programs that encourage economic development in the agriculture sector and addresses Indigenous food security by linking Indigenous agri-food interests with suitable funders. Indigenous clients, communities, non-profits and private sectors are welcome to join. Webinar …

Year-Round Simple and Cost-Effective Growing in Algoma

Four-season growing in Algoma just got a whole lot easier. Colin Templeton, of the Food Bank Farm, puts forth a solution to the lack of winter growing opportunities in Northern Ontario. Last August (2020) Colin set up, what he calls, an indoor growth facility. The growth facility is constructed from a repurposed shipping container fitted with shelving, LED grow lights …

Riparian Restoration of the Thessalon River

A riparian zone is an area next to rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands.  It is usually made up of water plants and saturated soils, along with ecosystems associated with these areas. Riparian zones serve the very important role of preventing soil erosion, which improves water quality, benefits fish health, and maintains a sustainable shoreline. Without an established Riparian zone consisting …

Final Update- Weed control in Galega Part 2

In partnership with LUARS (Lakehead University Agriculture Research Station), RAIN developed a research project in order to find the optimum seeding time of galega in its establishment year, in terms of weed control and yield. Taking place in Algoma and Thunder Bay, the project completed its third year and final year in 2020.Yields were reported in part one of the …