Growing forward with hydroponics in the north

When most people talk about growing plants, one of the first things that comes to mind is soil. However, within recent years more growers have begun to adopt systems that use no soil at all. Hydroponics is a broad term that describes systems of growing plants using a water-nutrient solution to deliver necessary nutrition for plant growth. Rather than the roots being …

An Investment in Time – Maltese Grocery

[L’article en français suit ci-dessous] Maltese Grocery is a deli, grocery and Italian specialty store located in Thunder Bay, Ontario.  Open since 1931, Maltese is currently owned and operated by brother and sister Dave Maltese and Lisa Maltese-Bourget, who have been involved in the business since they were children.   The store focuses on customer service and offers quality, authentic and …

Increasing Capacity for Fresh Roasted Coffee

[L’article en français suit ci-dessous] St. Joseph Island Roasters has been roasting fairtrade organic coffee since 2009, in Richards Landing on St. Joseph Island, Ontario.  Owned by Shane and Heather Hoffmann, the business started with a goal of providing the Algoma region with fresh roasted organic and fair-trade certified coffee.  They are now delivering their products across northern Ontario. St. …

Growing Under Cover on Manitoulin Island

Three Forks Farms is a certified organic farm on Manitoulin Island, producing vegetables, pasture-raised chicken and garden seeds that are adapted to northern Ontario.  Operating Three Forks Farms since 2015, owners Peggy Baillie and Eric Blondin are passionate about the food they grow, the animals they work with and the impact they have on the environment.      “The farm operates …

Horticulture Innovation in Northwestern Ontario

Farming in northern Ontario is not without its challenges.  Horticulture farmers and market gardeners in the north face many obstacles from extreme weather to blackflies.  The Sustainable New Agri-Food Products and Productivity (SNAPP) Program assists farmers with purchasing innovative equipment to increase efficiency and create new products for a growing market.  Sleepy G Farm is a small-scale, certified organic farm …

Increasing Food Security in Northeastern Ontario

Grey Wolf Gardens (Cochrane, ON) is owned and operated by first generation farmers and husband-and-wife team, Luke Dinan and Eva Bonjour.   Grey Wolf Gardens focuses on starting plants that are edible (annuals, perennials, veggies, fruit, etc), medicinal and culinary herbs, as well as plants that serve a function for eco-landscaping.  The farm works to provide their local region with fresh, …

Innovation In Dairy In the Northwest

The Slate River Valley is a historical agricultural hub in northwestern Ontario.  Breukside Dairy Farm, Breukelman Dairy Farm and Jasper’s Dairy Farm are three of the many dairy farms that operate within this community in the Thunder Bay district.  To improve their operational efficiencies and profitability, the three farms were collectively looking to increase the yield of feed crops, extend …

Introducing the Packsack Project

Today we’re excited to announce we’re launching a podcast with NORDIK Institute called The Packsack Project! It’s all about people that are building resilient communities in the rural, urban and remote places of Northern Ontario. We speak with leaders, farmers, entrepreneurs, chefs (and others!) who are inspiring change and overcoming complex challenges unique to the North. Why did we call …

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 …