Who motivates you?

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“Don’t tell me it can’t be done. Tell me how we can work together to make it happen.” – me, about every other week (is it too vain to quote myself on my own blog?)

I draw a lot of my energy from others. Attending writers’ conferences, lunch with like-minded business people, visiting farms… all (and more!) start my mind racing and the ideas flowing. My favourite scenario is to gather with a group of colleagues and start brain-storming. Once the collaboration starts, the project unfolds and the energy builds. Then — there’s no stopping us!

Hopefully, I return some of that same energy to others.

Good energy feeds off itself, just like negative energy does. If you hang out with nay-sayers who always have an excuse for why that idea won’t work or why that suggestion is bad, then I suggest you find a new crew to spend your valuable time with.

I had lunch today with two people who share my attitude — everything is possible. It may take a lot of hard work and determination to get it done — but believing in your dreams is the first, and most important step, in making them come true. We weren’t even talking about a specific project today, but because of our common attitudes, I left ready to take on anything and make it all happen for me in my business.

And that is what’s called a power lunch.

Connecting the Community

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I have a fear of commitment.

I love the freedom and spontaneity of no commitments. I thrive in being able to pick up and go as the mood strikes. Give me 20 minutes, and I’m ready to go.

If I commit to nothing, I can do anything.

That’s why I’ve never bought in to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. While I love the idea of a weekly injection of farm-fresh fruits and veggies, we spend most of the summer on the road. We camp. We take day trips. We take extended camping trips for days. Last summer, between family vacation and work-related travel, I was home for six non-consecutive days over a 30-day period.

CSA won’t really work in this house.

Enter Fredericton-based Real Food Connections. Order your veggie box weekly. And, as of last week, they deliver to Moncton. It’s a perfect way for those of us who fear long-term commitments but want to eat fresh, local food. The uncertainty of not knowing exactly what will turn up in the box totally feeds my love of surprises.

As I was savouring the idea of RFC starting delivery to Moncton, I realized I would finally be able to have some Local Valley Beef of my own to cook. Owned by CJ and Jennie MacLeod, the cattle are raised near Centreville, N.B.

CJ was mentored by an old friend of my husband’s and we all mourned when Bill died last year. CJ’s high school principal was the best man at my parent’s wedding. One of my farm writer colleagues is a former classmate of his and another farm writer colleague knows CJ from a previous job. There are probably more connections waiting to be discovered.

Farmers — and other businesses — hear all of the time about the need to make connections. You know: tell your story and let the world know more about farming.

I completely agree with the need to tell your stories. You have awesome stories to tell and customers indeed want to know where their food comes from. Luckily, tools like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and blogs help your story-telling a bit easier to facilitate (especially after you learn how to use them effectively!).

But don’t feel like you need to stop at social media for telling your story. There are other ways to make connections; real-world moments that are just as, if not more, valuable.

Going to church, participating in your kids’ sports activities, joining the local chamber of commerce or a service group… these are ways to create a solid network of non-farming people around you.

By telling the story of Canadian agriculture within your broader community, you draw non-farmers into your community circle. The overlapping communities create an environment of mutual support and respect.

It was a collection of serendipitous circumstances that will result in me enjoying some nice barbecues this summer while I travel. And while Community Supported Agriculture vegetable boxes aren’t something that fits with my life right now, certainly supporting my community of agriculture is.

Twitter Terms

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Retweet and hashtag, MT and FF… social media is just as jargon-filled as agriculture!

Here’s a quick Twitter glossary to help you out.

  • Tweet: a posted message on Twitter
  • Retweet (RT): reposting, word for word, what someone else has posted on Twitter. Be courteous and recognize the original source, prefacing the tweet with “RT”
  • Modified Tweet (MT): sometimes tweets need to be shortened in order to fit into the 140 characters. Taking out words or reworking someone else’s message a bit is a MT. Replace “RT” with “MT” to acknowledge the original source
  • Direct Message (DM): these are private messages between yourself and one of your Twitter followers, or someone who follows you. DMs are only possible between those who follow each other. Excellent way to carry on a brief, private conversation. Still limited to 140 characters
  • Hashtag: The number sign – # – is called a hashtag in the Twitter-verse. It’s a way of tagging a word so that others interested in the same topic can use the search function to find tweets or interest. #farm, #ag, #cdnag, #westernag, #Ontag, #atlntcanag are some common ones you may be interested in. Hashtags can also be used as a subtle way of making a joke. “13-y-o kid wants an iPhone 5 for Xmas #FatChance”
  • Newsfeed: you’ve clicked “follow” to create a group of people on Twitter who you follow. Your newsfeed is their tweets coming in to you.
  • Favourites: in your newsfeed, under someone’s tweet, there is a star, which you can click on to favour someone’s tweet. This is a great way to either indicate that you like what they said. Other times, the tweet may contain a link to a blog post or a news story that you want to read or remember. By clicking the star and favouring the tweet, it bookmarks the tweet and allows you to find it again later.
  • TY: Thank you. Also common: thx. When there are only 140 characters, word frugality is a necessity.
  • YW: You’re welcome.
  • #FF: Follow Friday. This is a great way to find new followers and recognize those you already follow. There are a few ways to make #FollowFriday work for you.

1. Create a short list of about four followers and simply say something like “#FF to …”

2. The first way doesn’t tell me, as one of your readers, about why to follow these people you’re suggestion, so I like to put something like “#FF hi to great Cdn #farmers…”

3. You can also create a blog post and list your #FF picks and add a sentence about why you follow each of them. Not as effective, though, because it’s unlikely readers will read your tweet then click to go someplace else to read your list.

The Atlantic Canada Farm Writers’ Association presents: Building your Communications Toolbox

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2012 Professional Development Day

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 ~ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Schnitzel Haus Restaurant*

153 Aulac Road, Aulac New Brunswick

 9:30 –   10:00 AM          Registration

10:00 – 12:00 PM           The Social Shift –Communicating is not what it used to be. We’ve evolved to an on-demand   reader who wants their news immediately, and wants to share their views right   away, in real time. What are you doing to keep up? Social media guru Andrew   Campbell, Fresh Air Media, will highlight the social media shift and how   it will affect you, your organization or business, and more importantly, your audience. He’ll also cover some important how-to ideas when talking about your brand, and how to take advantage of tools that are free to use.

12:00 – 1:00 PM             Buffet lunch – Enjoy the delicious variety of   food and mingling 

1:00 – 3:00   PM             Refreshing Newsletters –Want to add more oomph to your newsletter? Have it read more? Is it effectively spreading the word? Emily Brennan, associate with Cape Consulting Group will share her experiences developing and re-jigging newsletters for clients. She’ll also cover tips and tricks for organizing content and   designing a style that invites your reader.

Cost to attend   (payable at registration): $30, includes buffet lunch

Everyone is welcome! If you do any kind of communications work in agriculture, whether it’s direct market sales to consumers, newsletters for your ag organization membership or social media for your farm group, come and build your communications toolbox.

To help ensure your lunch, please register BEFORE Friday, December 7

with Andy Walker at awalker@pei.sympatico.ca
(Please indicate any food allergies or restrictions)

*Directions to Schnitzel Haus Restaurant

From NS and NB

  • From  Trans Canada Highway 2, take exit #513A (Aulac)
  • Merge/turn right off the ramp onto Highway 16
  • At the stop sign, you will see the restaurant directly in front of you (~ 100 m)

From PEI

  • Travel west from the Confederation Bridge on NB-Highway 16 towards Aulac (~ 65 km)
  • The highway will end at a stop sign directly in front of the restaurant.

Fighting for ag

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A high school in Sussex, New Brunswick is fighting to keep its agricultural class.

According to a story at CBC news, a teacher at the school was told the Agriculture 12-0 class would be cancelled. A campaign to keep the class extended its life by another year, but the long-term future of the program hasn’t been decided yet by the Department of Education. The department did, according to the story, suggest turning the Agriculture 12-0 class into an environmental science class, with a two-week unit on agriculture. In an effort to maintain the class, students and teachers have planted a garden on the school property and they’re hoping that move will help sway the province into keeping the Agriculture 12-0 class as is.

 

At almost the same time the students in Sussex were unveiling their new garden, Farm Credit Canada released its twice-a-year Farmland Values Report. The report started in 1990, and twice a year, 245 benchmark farm properties are appraised for their value. The selected properties represent the most prevalent  classes of agricultural soil in each part of the country, says FCC, and changes in value are weighted based on cultivated farmland per acre.

FCC found that New Brunswick farmland values were unchanged during the first half of 2012, following a 1.3 per cent increase in the second half of 2011, and no change in the first half of that year. Farmland values have increased or remained static in New Brunswick since reaching a peak increase of 6.3 per cent in the last half of 2008.

Sussex has long been known as one of New Brunswick’s strongest agricultural areas and as the milk producing hub of the province. But according to FCC’s report, “the area continues to see an ongoing trend of large acreages and former farmland purchased for rural residential use and hobby farming. Agriculture transactions were limited by this type of activity, along with the expansion of potash mining in the area. Moreover, dairy farm expansions in this area were limited as a result of the lack of available production quota.”

Nationally, we’re seeing a shift away from agriculture too. My colleague Owen Roberts, The Urban Cowboy, writes about a major change at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.

So if some of the statistics show a decline in traditional farming in Sussex, is it reasonable to teach students about agriculture? Or is it time to move agriculture to the history class instead?

No.

Agriculture needs the support of community, and that means including it as a high school course in agriculturally rich areas and keeping its name in traditional agricultural-related events.

The agriculture landscape of Canada is changing but the change should be considered an opportunity.  If there are an increasing number of hobby farms in the Sussex area, purchased by the parents and grandparents of the students who attend Sussex High School, then an agriculture course is key to helping the younger generation learn a bit about farming. By nurturing the family’s existing desire for rural life as they start their new home in the country, agriculture in the high school could turn the love for gardening or a backyard chicken flock into a career choice for the students.

Celebrate Farmers!

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Here’s a great Open Farm Day video from Nova Scotia, but the event is just as amazing in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba. Open Farm Day is Sunday, Sept 16.

For details about Open Farm Day, check these websites:
New Brunswick Open Farm Day

Prince Edward Island Open Farm Day

Nova Scotia Open Farm Day

Manitoba Open Farm Day

Open Farm Day took root in NB

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My daughter Olivia, who was three when this photo was taken, loved getting up close and personal with this lamb during Open Farm Day in 2003.


Over the last 12 years, an event celebrating local agriculture has spread across the country.

Open Farm Day is Sunday, Sept. 16. Several other provinces also hold Open Farm Day on the same weekend.

The first Open Farm Day in Canada was held in New Brunswick in 2000. Karen Davidge, a farmer near Fredericton, N.B., says one of her neighbour’s was on a fall trip to Maine when she heard about that state’s Open Farm Day. She collected promotional material — which described the one-day event as a time when farmers of all sectors open their gates and invite the general public to visit — and brought it home to New Brunswick, handing it over to Davidge.

Davidge was a member of the provincial farm organization’s education committee and the group took the idea and ran with it.

“We said, ‘let’s go for it’ and we did,” Davidge recalls. That year, 61 farms throughout the province opened their gates and 6,000 members of the public flocked in. The event expanded throughout Atlantic Canada, drawing in thousands of visitors. Looking back through some old stories, around 12,000 people visited farms during the Open Farm Days of the early 2000s.

Throwing open the farm gate and inviting the general public in can be a bit of a scary proposition for farmers. There’s a high threat of disease — who knows where all of those boots have walked and now they’re mingling among crops and livestock — a farmer’s income.

Open Farm Day was cancelled in New Brunswick in 2001 because of the outbreak of the highly contagious foot and mouth disease (which can infect cows, sheep, goats and hogs) in the United Kingdom. By implementing biosecurity measures like having visitors wash the bottom of their shoes in disinfectant or viewing poultry or hogs through windows, farmers still have the chance to showcase their work, keep their product safe and further educate the public about the importance of keeping their animals and plants secure.

The day as evolved into a family event, with many taking their young children to provide insight into where their food comes from. The exposure, say the farmers, is priceless. There is no better way for the general public to find out that it’s families just like themselves operating farms.

http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/financial/openfarmday/index.html

http://www.fermenbfarm.ca/?lang=en

http://www.meetyourfarmer.ca/openfarmday/

http://www.gov.pe.ca/af/openfarmday/index.php3?number=1023477&lang=E

My son Mark, two at the time, fell in love with feeding the calves at this dairy farm near Moncton during Open Farm Day in the early 2000s.

A bit of Swenska före kongressen (Swedish before congress)

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Cheat sheet No. 1

In anticipation of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists’ 2012 congress in Stockholm, Sweden in August, we had a chance to chat with our Swedish colleague Magnus Stark and learn a few key Swedish words and phrases. I haven’t included all of the phrases Magnus taught — some of them you’ll have to figure out on your own.

Vad heter du? — What is your name?
Jag heter Allison — My name is Allison
Tack — Thanks
Tack så mycke — Thank you very much
Snälla – Please
Jag dricker öl – I drink beer
Skål – Cheers

The early bird registration deadline for IFAJ 2012 in Sweden has been extended to March 31, so there’s still time to register and take advantage of the reduced rates. Details are at the congress website, http://www.ifaj2012.se/. Registration remains open for the pre-congress tour of Finland and the post-congress tour of the Island of Gotland, Sweden.

Cheat Sheet No. 2

 

Registration opens for IFAJ 2012 Congress in Sweden

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photo courtesy of the Image Bank of Sweden

Registration for the IFAJ 2012 Congress, Aug. 15-19, opened Feb. 10.

The early registration runs until March 10. There is a registration cap of 200 people, so early registration is encouraged. The cost is approximately 800 euro. Full details are at the congress website.

The arrival day, Aug. 15, features an early evening professional development session, followed by a welcome dinner. Further professional development sessions discussing the congress theme, Solutions for a Green Future, will be held on Aug. 16, as well as the IFAJ delegate assembly. All delegates will then leave for a farm visit and barbecue at the world headquarters of DeLaval.

photo courtesy of DeLaval

The second and third days will send us out on one of the eight farm tours. Each tour is a day trip and the buses will return to the host hotel each evening.

Tour 1: Follow the tree trunks from the forest to finished building material and meet two dairy farmers.

Tour 2: Learn how forest seedlings are protected from a pest, experience moose and see the latest techniques for processing tree tops and branches for energy use. Also, meet dairy farmers who market their milk locally.

Tour 3: Meet a farmer who saves money and the environment by using tiling equipment made in Sweden. Get into the fight over wild boar.

Tour 4: Cook with the minister of agriculture, discuss strict animal welfare rules, visit an organic pig farm and conventional crop farm.

Tour 5: Discuss the best way of selling grain with environmentally conscious farmers. Visit a power plant that uses crops to make energy and learn about breeding Swedish dairy cattle.

Tour 6: Visit the one of the country’s largest publishing companies, owned by Swedish farmers. Hear the str4ategy of a large scale horse breeder, a producer of fresh herbs and a successful sheep farmer. Visit combined sheep, vegetable and tourism farm.

Tour 7: Experience farming in the archipelago. Learn how the sensitive environment is protected and see sheep and cows graze on islands.

Tour 8: Take a unique chance to see exclusive and very modern dairy farming. Meet cows that live in a “comfort home” instead of a barn.

On the final day of the congress, Aug. 19, we will gather in Stockholm for the IFAJ Congress banquet, which will be held at the City Hall of Stockholm — the same venue as the Nobel Prize banquet.

photo courtesy of Holger.Ellgaard, from Wikipedia

Lena Johansson, the congress’ general, says there will be presentations during the congress that show how agriculture is integrated with other activities in society.

“The future role of agriculture and forestry will also be discussed, as well as more and new possibilities in the future,” she says.

Sweden is the fifth largest country in Europe — 450,000 square kilometres. A total of 53 per cent of the country is forests and eight per cent cultivated land. From its northern tips to southern tip, the longest distance is 1,574 kilometres — roughly the distance from the Ontario/Manitoba border to Calgary.

Sweden has 72,000 farm businesses, 20 per cent of which are dairy farms, so milk production the single biggest agricultural product. Total agricultural land in the country is 2.6 million hectares.

Of the 72,000 farm businesses, 31 per cent are farmer-owned and 61 per cent partly leased. The average farm is 36.5 hectares in size. Although the tendency is that arable land per farm is increased annually, Sweden is facing the same agricultural phenomenon as seen in other parts of the world — the number of farms with less than 100 hectares is decreasing and the number of larger farms with more than 100 hectares is increasing.

photo courtesy of the Image Bank of Sweden

The central and southern regions of Sweden are mostly crop land and the southern regions are mostly dairy and other livestock. Farms in the north of Sweden are mostly small farms combined with forestry.

The congress will be held at Sånga-Säby, what congress organizers call a site beautifully situated on Ekerö island in lake Mälaren, 35 kilometres west of Stockholm city. Once a school for farmers, the facility is now a residential study and conference centre and owned by the Federation of Swedish Farmers. Sånga-Säby is environmentally certified and serves food prepared from products from the Swedish farmers.

photo courtesy of the Image Bank of Sweden

Journalists work to find the stories… but sometimes the story finds us

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As journalists, it’s our job to find stories. We’re always searching out the news, looking for the great yarns and the colourful characters who spin the tales.

Every once in a while, we`re lucky enough to have the story find us.

That`s what happened earlier this month. I was in Berlin, Germany, attending executive meetings of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, held during International Green Week.

Green Week bills itself as the world`s largest fair for food, agriculture and horticulture. The size is overwhelming — the halls cover 28 acres and features 100,000 foods and beverages from around the globe. Every step brings a new aroma of kitchen smells from a different country, a new array of colours as merchants model traditional clothing and new sounds of food sizzling and music from the homeland blasting over crowd.

After our IFAJ executive meetings, my colleagues, Marianne Mork from Norway, and fellow Canadian Owen Roberts and I ventured off to walk around the show, eventually finding our way to Marianne`s “home” at the Norway booth and sharing a toast over a few glasses of Linie Aquavit. As we stopped to let our senses catch up with our minds and absorb what was going on around us, we slipped onto the sheepskin covered benches nestled in a corner to sip the spicy Norwegian drink. A nod to the two men sitting at the next table and it wasn’t long before they had joined us. Introductions were made and we were happy to find out that one of the men was the distiller and master blender for Linie Aquavit, Halvor Heuch.

Marianne and Owen learn about the magic of aquavit

As we asked questions about the creation of Linie Aquavit, Mr. Heuch patiently told us about the process, sharing with us the mystic about how potato mash is carefully stored in matured sherry casks. Caraway, dill, aniseed, fennel are added, adding to the flavour. He told us the liquor is shipped around across the equator, twice, and the constant rolling, changes in temperatures and humidity are what set Linie Aquavit apart from other aquavit brands.

As he talked and explained the process, we sampled the liquor along each step of the process, noting the complexity of the additional flavours and rolling the golden liquid on our tongues, noticing the spices. Mr. Heuch passed us samples of the seeds, vials of concentrated liquids added to the mash and brought the creation of Linie Aquavit to life for us, step-by-step. The magic was unfolding.

Halvor Heuch, Distiller/Master Blender, Linie Aquavit

It was a surprising and wonderful pause in our day. We were late for dinner, but we had gained a new and inside appreciation for a Scandinavian liqueur from one of the master creators. It was certainly a moment when we were happy to be farm journalists, and thrilled that this was one of the times the story had found us.

Social Media: Use Your Twitter Lists

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I’ve decided to start a new feature on this blog by posting a social media tip that I’ve found particularly helpful in this spinning technology-driven era.

So, here we go:

I’m a huge believer in using the list feature on Twitter. It helps organize the conversations that are coming in to your news feed. I find lists also help me focus the messages that I’m sending out. If I spend a lot of time reading my Atlantic Canada list — most of whom are not farmers — then my tweets tend to be more about more every day events and happenings. If I’m only reading my Canadian Farmer lists, then that’s where my mind is, that’s where I’m gathering my information and that’s what I’m tweeting about.

Keeping up on lists is an important for time management. It’s far easier to organize and sort people as you follow them then it is to go back through several hundred. Also remember that you can only list 500 tweeps under each list heading. One of my farm writer colleagues reorganized his Canadian Farmer list into sector headings: Dairy, Livestock and Crops. So when you’re creating lists, think ahead a bit to who you may follow and organize your lists into specific, yet not constricting, headings.

You can only create lists and sort those you follow on Twitter. You can also select, on creation of the list, whether your lists are public or private. Another Canadian farm writer on Twitter apparently didn’t know that lists could be private, as I was checking out his lists and found myself, as well as other colleagues, on a list he called Writers Who I’ve Blocked. Your Twitter followers can subscribe you your lists, so they will  receive the news feed from this list, even though they may not follow everyone on the list. As well, just as you can list who you follow, you can also be listed by those who follow you. I’m always interested to see which headings I’m classified under and what label I wear for others.

Being on a list helps your Twitter message be heard. One colleague on Twitter appeared to me to only post a few updates a day. Considering that he’s widely known as an expert in social media, I kind of always wondered why he wasn’t doing a better job at getting his message out. Well, it turns out he was doing a great job, but I was just missing all of his posts as he wasn’t included on any of my lists. Now that I have him tagged and sorted, I’m discovering that he has all kinds of things to say. Before, he was just getting lost in the fray.

How do you promote agriculture?

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Loved these nice signs at the farm gate that welcomed us!

Open Farm Day was held in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba on Sunday. In the Maritimes, the sun was shining, the skies were blue and the breeze was brisk. It was a perfect day for a trip to the farm.

Even though I write about agriculture, I don’t live on a farm and I don’t have any relatives close by who farm. I try to make my kids aware about where their food comes from, but it’s a constant discussion, isn’t it? There isn’t a lot of ag education going on in my kids’ school, so Open Farm Day is a great chance for a bit of education, mixed in with a lot of fun.

Each of the farms had lots of great promotional material about agriculture — word searches, colouring books, fact sheets. My daughter scooped up all of the information she could find and talked about sharing it with some of her friends. I think next year, my husband and I will each take a carload of kids and their friends and head out to area farms during Open Farm Day.

So what do you do to educate the kids you know about food? What do you do to educate their friends?

In areas of the world where agriculture is more prominent, it may be easier to get in touch with farming. But agriculture in Atlantic Canada is small (but strong!). It takes a bit more effort to get our kids to link to their food.

That’s where the parents and the community come in to help. Whether it’s a community garden at the school, inviting a farmer in for Career Day or taking our kids to the corn maze, helping kids recognize, appreciate and know where their food comes from is an important job.

My son was endeared by this calf at Waldrow Dairy, near Sussex, N.B.

This calf was really more interested in seeing whether my daughter Olivia had a bottle of milk than she was in having her photo taken. Perryhill Farms, near Sussex, N.B.

Atlantic Canada Farm Writers Annual Tour & AGM

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ACFWA is approaching its second birthday! And indeed, where has the time gone?

Fredericton-area member Kim Waalderbos has put together an awesome day and a half tour for the Fredericton area. Apples, dairy, potatoes, local food, ice cream — we’re covered for a great tour and great learning.

ACFWA members are journalists, communicators, broadcasters and government relations professionals associated with the agricultural sector in Atlantic Canada. We’re the folks who write about farming, communicate about farming and have the best interests of the farming community at heart when we go to work each day. ACFWA is associated with the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation and the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, so membership at the local level includes membership at the national and international levels.

The tour is next week, Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15. Registration, costs and other details are below. If you need a hotel room, email me at allison@finnamore.ca and I’ll send you our conference details.

Hope to see you in Fredericton, N.B. next week!

AGENDA

Thursday, June 14

9:30 a.m. Everetts Apples – The farm is a 200+ apple farm. A cool succession story as the younger generation is now exploring new technologies and growing ideas. They family operates a popular U-pick. They also have the most amazing views of the river and valley area. http://everettapples.com/
10:30 a.m. Travel to next stop
11:00 a.m. Scotch Lake Dairy  - Richard and Carol Boonstoppel: this couple branched away from his brothers   and the family dairy farm 15 years ago to strike out on their own. They bought a vacant dairy farm, set it up and have built the herd to milk around 70 cows today. What makes them special is they installed a Lely robotic   milking machine to milk their cows a year ago. Now they can run the herd with   just the two of them (well, and their five younger kids). Richard is also the chair of the Fredericton Dairy Management Group.
12:00 p.m. Travel and lunch (make sure to bring along a bit of money. Our lunch stop will be at a dairy bar and candy store. We’ll provide the sandwich, you provide dessert!)
1:30 p.m. Coburn’s – These folks are in Keswick Ridge. They have really cool story of how they made a   complete loop by integrating the different aspects of their farm. They have   computerized feed mill to make the feed for their 25,000 laying hens which provide bedding material for an in-vessel composting system — that also sources waste material from the farm’s on-site cider press, which is fed by their 10-acre apple orchard. Oh, and the family has put together a neat ag museum of sorts in the upstairs of the cider facility.
3:00 p.m. Travel
3:30 p.m. Real Food Connections – Real Food Connections believes that food should be seen as a   whole, not just the sum of its parts. It’s about food being enjoyable and not merely for fueling ourselves with the right combination of nutrients for peak performance. It’s about knowing what we eat, and not turning a blind eye to   the list of ingredients we can’t pronounce. It’s about learning where our   food comes from and how it’s grown. At Real Food Connections, they work to   make local quality food accessible to the general public. They’re also a resource for local food education. http://realfoodsfredericton.ca/2010/.
4:30 p.m. Return to hotel
5:00 p.m. Depart for supper
5:30 p.m. Supper

Friday, June 15

7:30 a.m. ACFWA Annual Meeting – General business and election of officers
8:30 a.m. Potato Research Station – We’ll explore some of the latest potato research and see what technologies will be available just around the corner.
10:00 a.m. Travel to next stop
10:30 a.m. Scott’s Nursery has the largest selection of plant material east of Montreal. The nursery is a huge stopping point for plant buffs from all over. A very family-oriented operation. Mr. Scott himself just won the ‘hospitality’ award at this year’s Agricultural Alliance of NB annual meeting for all the great things he does to promote agriculture to visitors. http://www.scottsnursery.nb.ca/main.asp.
12:00 p.m. Homeward bound

Cost: Register for the tour + one year ACFWA membership: $50. Details on membership benefits and a member registration form are here: http://www.acfwa.ca/join

Register for the tour only: $20

Travel during the tour: In an effort to keep costs down, we’re going to be car pooling during our visits. Our starting point each day will be the AGM hotel: Lakeview Inn and Suites located at 665 Prospect Street in Fredericton. http://www.lakeviewhotels.com/hotels.php?entry_id=3159

Pre-registration is required for catering purposes

To register for the ACFWA Car Tour on June 14 and 15, please send the following information to, Trudy Kelly Forsythe at trudan@nbnet.nb.ca.

  • Name:
  • Cell phone number (to be used only if we need to reach you during the tour):
  • Are you able to be one of our drivers?
  • How many people can you transport in your vehicle?
  • The registration fee is payable at the time of the event.