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Wednesday, 24 February 2016 00:00

Farm show has it all

            Whether it be tractors, seeds, barns construction and maintenance, heating, insurance and financial advice, specialty information about livestock or any number of farmers’ self-help groups or government departments, folks for whom agriculture is a way of life can be pretty sure to find it at the 36th annual East Central Farm Show.

            The show—organized by the East Central District Soil and Crop Improvement Association—runs Wednesday, March 2 (9:30 am to 9 pm), and Thursday, March 2 (9:30 am to 4 pm), at the Lindsay Exhibition grounds.

            It features nearly 200 exhibitors in the Commonwell Exhibition Building. And eight of them are new to the show this year.

            It’s also a good chance to mix and mingle with your fellow farmers. Find out your neighbours’ latest agricultural experiments, and share your own successes.

            Admission is $5 per person, but 2016 Soil and Crop Improvement Association members get in free. You can buy your 2016 membership at the show, or show your 2016 Soil & Crop membership card purchased earlier.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 00:00

From my perch—Neonicitinoids

By John Bird, editor

           Jerry Jerrard has an urgent request for anyone planning to buy seeds to start plants for their gardens this summer.

            Avoid using seeds treated with neonicitinoids.

            Jerry is a professional beekeeper and

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 00:00

It’s Easy Being Green: Out with the bad water

By Julia Taylor

            I was so happy to be able to have my first veggie patch when I moved back up to the Kawartha Lakes. I grabbed a gardening book and started planning. When Joe got home, he probably couldn’t even

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 00:00

Let nature be your teacher in Bio Blitz

            The Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust and Kawartha Conservation are running a series of four workshops on the flora and fauna of the Oak Ridges Moraine, all leading up to a “Bio Blitz” at the Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area.

            Bio Blitzes are the

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 00:00

Doug Williams is coming to Bobcaygeon

By Glenna Burns

            Curve Lake Elder Doug Williams, whose “Good Stories from Curve Lake” (with Julie Kapyrka) have graced the pages of The Kawartha Promoter most of the past year, will be sharing some of his stories in person at the Bobcaygeon Library on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 1-3 pm.  

            Williams’ visit follows on the heels of

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 00:00

From my perch—160212

By John Bird, editor

            I’ve exchanged a few emails with Nicole Reeds, who wrote the impassioned letter in our last issue about people stealing boards from her late, beloved father’s 100-year-old barn.

            My heart goes out to Nicole.

            I know that barn. I often drive by it on one of my favourite back-road routes to Lindsay (“Oh no, not another one of Dad’s shortcuts,” my kids used to wail whenever I turned off the highway).

            I noticed it the first time I passed that way, and the barn keeps drawing me back.

            It stands out against the sky on a rise above the curving road—an iconic, southern-Ontario landmark. It looks like it has stories to tell.

            Well, apparently it does. And the latest story is a sad one.

            Even in the last few years I’ve taken that route, I’ve seen the barn’s sad deterioration, as more and more boards disappear.

            “A man’s home is his castle,” captures a deep truth. Our homes are our shelter from the storms of life—spiritually as much as physically—places of retreat, protection, nurturing.

            The feeling must be even stronger if your home was a family farm where your parents raised you, as was the case with Nicole’s father—making it a third-generation home for her.

            Nor is this violation a one-time event. It’s a systematic, ongoing assault that defies all attempts to stop it. Nicole says she feels so helpless—like she is letting her late father down.

            It does give me just a little more insight into how the newly arrived Al Assad refugee family must be feeling. They have suffered a systematic, ongoing assault that has not only driven them from their homes, but halfway round the world to find safe haven.

            The Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) has dismissed the appeal and upheld the approval on Snowy Ridge, the third wind project in the Manvers area and the fourth on the Oak Ridges Moraine.  

            The Snowy Ridge wind project is located north of

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 00:00

First Nations-1; OFAH-0

            The Peterborough-based Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) had its wrists slapped in a recent Ontario Superior Court ruling by Justice J. Molloy.

            OFAH opposes

Friday, 11 December 2015 00:00

Cut energy costs this winter

            Colder weather means using more energy to heat your home and those with electric heating will likely see a jump in consumption. Here are some tips

Friday, 11 December 2015 00:00

World's Greenest Gingerbread House

Julia Taylor’s eco-gingerbread house with solar panels, rain barrels, a laundry line and more, received an honourable mention at Fenelon Falls’ Olde Towne Christmas event last week. Julia adds that the judges told her “a lot of people were asking questions and talking about it—so I won, to me.”

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