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National food policy council needed

A coalition of more than 50 farm groups and food companies want Ottawa to create a national food policy council. The council “would bring together key stakeholders from across the food system to work collaboratively with the government,” said the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. Among other things, it would address food insecurity; high levels of […] Read more

Award recognizes producers who help pollinators

Nominations open until August 12

Nominations are being sought for the 2016 Canadian Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award. Individuals or families in Canada currently implementing pollinator protection measures on their farm or ranch are encouraged to apply. The award recognizes farmers and ranchers who have made significant efforts in conserving natural ecosystems, fostering additional pollinator habitat, and protecting pollinators. It is […] Read more


Takota Coen (pictured) and parents Michael and Laura have been honoured for their creating pollinator habitats on their farm near Ferintosh.

Alberta farm receives national pollinator award

Grass Roots Family Farm near Ferintosh has diversified into agroforestry

Grass Roots Family Farm is the 2014 recipient of the Canadian Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award, which recognizes the contributions farmers make towards protecting pollinators and pollinator habitats. The 250-acre farm near Ferintosh, south of Camrose, is operated by Michael, Laura and Takota Coen. The Coens have been practising sustainable farming since the late 1980s, with son […] Read more

February 14 was ‘Food Freedom Day’ in Canada

Conserve CFA suggested serving ‘waste-not forget-me-nots’ 
for your Valentine’s Day celebration

Coined Food Freedom Day by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), February 14 was the calendar date when the average Canadian will have earned enough income to pay his or her grocery bill for the entire year. “Food Freedom Day is a chance to acknowledge the abundant, safe and secure food supply we enjoy in […] Read more