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.
Good Roads, - Where?

In November, last, an association was formed in New Westminster, B.C., known as the Canadian Highway Association, with W. J. Kerr as president, and P. W. Luce as secretary. President Kerr, in a short leaflet, sent out by the secretary, is quoted as saying, “Good roads are a social and economic necessity, and good roads we will have all over Canada before I am ready to acknowledge that

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Rush of Spring Work

This cartoon originally appeared in the May 13, 1944 issue of Canadian Countryman. It depicts a ram representing the “rush of spring work” chasing a farmer

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Feed Grinder

This is an example of a mechanical hammermill, designed to crush grain used for livestock feed into smaller pieces or powder for easier digestion. This particular model

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Our Farm Women

In the abstract most of us will agree that nothing is too good for farmers’ wives in general and for our own wives in particular, but our actions do not always correspond with our sentiments, and the fact of the matter is that too many of us do not realize what an enormous assistance labor-saving devices and modern conveniences in the home are to our wives. Undoubtedly there is good

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lives lived

Isidore Charles Nollet

November 18, 1898 - April 29,1988

Isidore Charles “Toby” Nollet was one of Saskatchewan’s premier agriculturalists during the post-World War II era. He was born on November 18, 1898, in Sentinel Butte, North Dakota. He spent the early part of his life in America, attending St. Benedict’s Academy and St. Thomas Military College in Minnesota before joining the American Expeditionary Force during the First World War as a non-commissioned officer. Upon his return from overseas service, he moved to Western Canada with his father, first settling in Kelowna British Columbia before ultimately settling in

Brenda Lammens

SEPTEMBER 19, 1955 - FEBRUARY 11, 2017

Farmer and industry leader. Born Sept. 19, 1955; died Feb. 11, 2017 in Woodstock, age 61.

Interest rate challenges 30 years ago led Norfolk County farmers Brenda and Raymond Lammens to their Spearit Farms asparagus operation near Langton.

That decision led, in turn, to Brenda’s distinguished career as a champion of fresh, local produce and her advocacy for a higher profile for women in agriculture. Brenda was a past winner of the American Agri-Women Vision Award. She also served, in 2007, as the second female Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’

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