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Young Farmers: The Future of Ag

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Young Farmers: The Future of Ag

Young farmer is the new buzz word in agriculture these days. Sought after by agribusinesses for future contracts and advocacy groups for a fresh voice, young farmers have become a recognized force in the industry; a force that is getting stronger as food becomes more important and mainstream.  Often armed with a university degree, solid tech savvy and keen business sense, the upcoming generation of farmer is a far cry from Old McDonald. The future generation of farming is coming from all angles. The most common still the next generation of the family farm, some young farmers are millennials that...

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Beechwood Market: New Season, New Location, New Energy

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Beechwood Market: New Season, New Location, New Energy

I thank you all for making the Winter Edition a success. One of few winter markets in the City, the Winter Edition's momentum allows us to launch into the summer with great confidence. That said, it is difficult to think of the summer Market season, as I look out at over 50cm of snow pounding the ground. You remember the storm, February 16, biggest snow fall in history, pretty much crippled the City. Sorry, that's enough. But, indeed the return of our Market is one more thing to look forward to after the melt. With the third season of the...

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Beechwood Village: A Market Manager's Perspective

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One of the reasons I chose Beechwood Village for a new farmer’s market is its history, growth and sex appeal. When I speak of its history, I gravitate towards the more recent years, my years of first account. My first job at the Joanisse IGA at age 13, had the Claude Tavern in the parking lot, Jimmy cutting hair, as Lester’s predecessor, across the street and the Foam store (to become Bridgehead) in full swing doing…I was never sure what . There was certainly less development along the corridor, but people ambled in and out of shops and stopped to...

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Sustainable Food: Closer than you think!

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By virtue of running a small neighbourhood market, I am exposed to all sorts of different sustainable growing projects. The Beechwood Market has a nice mix of full time farmers as well as part-time growers. Each with their own unique approach to growing, some have chosen the organic route while others remain conventional. Regardless of the growing technique, Ottawa area growers are adding to the larger framework of a sustainable City. Independent thinkers like Mel Foster, of Foster Family Farm, is constantly on the lookout for new technologies and distribution angles in order to increase his operation’s longevity. Our local...

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Looking Back to Move Forward: The Good and Bad of 2014

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Overall our inaugural season was a success. From hosting our very first patron to the vendor party after the Grand Finale, the weekly vibe was fun, fresh and steadfast. With the sudden demise of the Vanier Farmer’s Market on Montreal Road the opportunity was too sweet to pass up. My dream of creating a gathering place in the neighbourhood, I thank my fellow Founders, Claridge and the Shopify lads for sharing the vision. I hope our little Saturday spot will lay the base for something more permanent. In the spirit of analysis, here are a few things that were well...

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