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Every day, a real-life vegetable auction takes place for visitors to the world’s oldest sail-through auction, now a museum.

Sail-through auction a unique experience

Reporter's Notebook: Journo traders bid on produce as boats float by

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canadian farmers are no strangers to the auction mart — but they do things a little differently at the sail-through auction in the Realm of a Thousand Islands. Like a quarter of the Netherlands, this area in North Holland lies below sea level, but that didn’t stop farmers from settling on its marshy lands centuries […] Read more

Look past the current woes of African agriculture and you’ll see vast potential, says South African farmer 
Theo de Jager.

African farms are vastly different but share common bonds

Subsistence farming is still the norm in Africa, but agriculture is the 
key to changing its economic fortunes

Reading Time: 3 minutes Africa is a world apart but as in Canada, farming is increasingly being recognized as a key driver of economic growth. “There’s no other way to fight poverty than to create wealth,” South African farmer Theo de Jager told an international gathering of farm journalists here last month. “And there’s no other sector in this […] Read more