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Farmers at the Table

Sep 24, 2021 | Anthony Jenkins

Three Dufferin farmers sit down talk about what it means to be a modern farmer, the challenges they face and what they wish we knew about them.

Meet the Farmers

Sep 24, 2021 | Anthony Jenkins

Bert Tupling, Mike Swidersky and Darryl Burnett criss-cross Dufferin County tending to wheat, barley, corn, potatoes, cattle, sheep and more.

An Exurbanite’s Guide to Field Crops

Sep 24, 2021 | Dorothy Pedersen

A drive-by primer on what’s growing in Headwaters.

A visitor takes in the epic view at Purple Hill Lavender in Mulmur. Photo courtesy Emma Courtney.

Sunflower and Lavender Dreams

Jun 22, 2021 | Johanna Bernhardt

Local sunflower and lavender farms are bursting with some of nature’s showiest blooms. Here’s how to enjoy them in person and via handmade products that capture the magic.

Regenerative Agriculture Puts the Soil First

Jun 22, 2021 | Cecily Ross

How cover crops, crop rotation and using livestock to fertilize fields puts local farmers on the front lines in reducing climate change.

The French family: Brian and Jeannette with their children Emmett (left), Charlie and Kayleigh. Photo by Kidlets Photography.

Work in Progress

Jun 22, 2021 | Jeannette French

As farmer Jeannette French notes, farming in Headwaters may always be a work in progress, but this community provides the motivation it takes to forge ahead.

Preserving Tradition

Sep 18, 2020 | Tony Reynolds | Food

Our forebears knew how to put sunshine in a jar. You can too.

Karen stores her ample collection of preserves in a cold cellar. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

From Soil to Table

Sep 18, 2020 | Gail Grant

Vegetable grower extraordinaire Karen Hollingshead uses galvanized steel raised beds and water troughs to hold her 35 varieties of tomatoes and other gems.

After a year of training in the Dufferin 4-H Beef Club, Maggi Murray and Glam took first place at the Orangeville Fall Fair in 2019. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

“Not Your Grandmother’s 4-H”

Sep 18, 2020 | Anthony Jenkins

But the principles of head, heart, hands and health still thrive in Headwaters.

Chicken teriyaki skewers at Heatherlea Farm Shoppe. Photo courtesy Heatherlea Farm Shoppe.

The Boom in Local Food

Jun 25, 2020 | Nicola Ross | Food

In the dark cloud of the pandemic, a silver lining for small farmers.

Imagining the Future

Jun 25, 2020 | Brent Klassen

So we wonder, amid the disruption and heartbreak, what future is being born in this moment?

Jonathan McCausland in the grow area of Mansfield’s Big Thunder Farms with a brassica blend microgreens crop. Photo by Joseph McCausland.

Microgreens Go Macro

Mar 24, 2020 | Janice Quirt

How local growers are tapping a surging demand for the tiny, tasty stems that pack a nutritional punch.

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