The Lac Ste Anne County Agricultural Services Board grants bursaries to bona fide farming producers within their County. The bursary may be used for conference registration fees or tuition for courses which assist with farming operations. Applications may be submitted throughout the year, with a maximum bursary of $500. per farm each year. Application forms are available from the County and on the website www.lsac.ca.
One of the latest ways to engage people and work to change perceptions about agriculture in a real, tangible way can be found on Twitter by typing in #Farm365.
Created by Ontario dairy and crop producer Andrew Campbell, #Farm365 is all about opening our barn doors and farm gates to the public, and sharing photos and stories of what’s really happening in agriculture. What started out as one person sharing one photo a day has turned into hundreds of people across Canada and around the world posting their own images using the same hashtag. Let’s make it happen. Share the faces and positive practices of organic agriculture by adding your pictures and stories to twitter #Farm365 as well as #AgMoreThanEver.
Gardening not only provides a connection with nature, it connects us to our food. As more and more people are concerned about the provenance of their food - where it came from and how it was grown - gardening has given "local" a new meaning. The 2014 Edible Gardening Report conducted for the Garden Writers Association Foundation notes that:
Among the 75 million gardening households that have a lawn, garden or grow plants in containers, this year more than two in five consumers (44%) said that they grew edible plants in the ground, while 15% used containers. Almost one-third (32%) grew edible plants both in the ground and in containers.
A majority of consumers (58%) plan to grow edible plants in 2015. One-quarter of consumers plan to grow edible plants in the ground, while just under one in ten (9%) expect to use containers for growing edible plants. Those who plan on using both methods registered at 24%.
An article in Grainews magazine recently featured nine tips to get started down the path to organic transition, as well as some useful resources and suggestions for quelling those pre-organic transition fears. Check out pages 7-10 here.