News from our rich agriculture history

The farm and rural history website is dedicated to celebrating and digitizing the last 150 years of success in the Canadian agriculture and food industry. The agriculture and food industries in Canada have a rich heritage of innovation, and have laid a foundation of excellence upon which we continue to grow. We celebrate Canada’s food and agriculture innovations on these pages.
Sowing by the Moon - Myth or Science?

American truck farmers and some of the most skilful market gardeners in the world, like the “maraichers” around Paris, have long planted certain vegetables according to the phases of the moon, the rule generally being to plant some varieties of seed with a waxing moon and others with a waning moon. The idea goes right back into the midst of antiquity. Foresters in many parts of

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This cartoon first appeared in the January 1945 edition of Canadian Countryman. It depicts Old Man Ontario, the traditional representation of the province, weathering the

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Auto Knitter

This is an example of a hand crank-operated circular knitting machine known as “The Auto Knitter” in excellent condition. The particular model featured in this

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Ontario Dairy Day Provided Education, Inspiration and Publicity

Ontario’s First Dairy Day on the farm of Melvin Shatnz, Alma, Ont. was an outstanding success and ensured that this event will become an annual feature for the dairy industry of this province. In spite of rain in many surrounding districts, and the prevalence throughout much of the day of that restrained form of precipitation known as “Scotch Mist,” milk producers and their

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lives lived

Daniel Massey

FEBRUARY 24, 1798 - NOVEMBER 15, 1856

Daniel Massey was a farmer and farm-implement manufacturer of Upper Canada, notable for being the founder of the Massey farm implement business, the predecessor of the Massey Ferguson company, an enormously successful multinational corporation that is currently one of Canada’s premier farming equipment manufacturers. His company and its legacy would revolutionize farming in southern Ontario.

Massey was born on February 24, 1798 in Windsor, Vermont, the son of American farmers Daniel and Rebecca. When he was only six years old his family emigrated to Upper Canada- to the

Norman Dow

JULY 24, 1920 – NOVEMBER 6, 2017

Farmer; Second World War veteran; International Plowing Match and Rural Expo enthusiast. Born July 24, 1920. Died, aged 97, on Nov. 6, 2017 in Mitchell.

Norman Dow used to tell a story about the pig who rode with him in the cab of an army truck he drove in Italy during the Second World War.

The piglet appeared as a practical joke in the bed of an unfavoured corporal, Norman reported once to The Memory Project, a Historica Canada platform. “The (men) decided that, since I was a farmer, I probably knew how to look after it,” he said. The animal

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