April 2016

Imagine technology that could preemptively find disease in plants, allowing growers to address it proactively. Or sensors that could help irrigate more resourcefully. Or robots that could selectively harvest ripe crops.

At Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Niagara Region, it seems as though that future is now.

Vineland's Robotics & Automation team -- comprised of 5 PhDs and 6 engineers who work closely with a biology team -- is currently working on a wide spectrum of projects that will improve a number of efficiencies in the greenhouse, possibly changing the way we think of greenhouse growing and packaging.

Be sure to read our recent blog post here on these exciting innovations.

Food for Life in Halton Region recovered and distributed 2.2 million pounds of food just last year. 

Working with their local agriculture community and other community partners, they have been bridging the destructive disconnect between food waste and food insecurity for 20 years. 

For interconnected problems, let us look to interconnected solutions: read more on Halton Food for Life here.

This Earth Day and Earth Month, we wanted to celebrate the original Stewards of the Land: Farmers.

And with that, we thought we'd celebrate Earth Day & Month alongside the International Year of Pulses - o ne of the most sustainable crops a farmer can grow

Increased consumption of pulses are linked to  improved nutrition and health , and increased production in Canada means  a reduction in on-farm energy use, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and improved soil health  - surely a crop worth celebrating.

Farm Crawl Hamilton 
is back for 2016 with three full days planned for touring: May 28thJuly 16th, and August 13th.  

These three Saturdays are a wonderful way to experience life on the farm throughout the Hamilton area. Discounted early-bird tickets are currently on sale, read more here.
photo from NiagaraThisWeek.com

"As Bill Hodgson said at Wednesday's forum, those in every part of the food chain must routinely deal with the myths and urban legends about conventional farming and food production. But in order to fight back against those and educate the general public - unlike in past generations the vast majority of people today are completely removed from the food system - those on the inside must first understand Niagara's food landscape themselves. The Niagara Connects forum, not to mention the work being done by groups like the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance, helps."

Janet Horner, Executive Director,
Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance