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The Farms.com 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.
CANADA’S FISCAL POLICY: NO. 17 - THE LAND ROBBERS
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED | JANUARY 17, 1920 | CANADIAN COUNTRYMAN

In the last article we discovered that the real strength of Protection lay in the fact of unemployment, wherefrom anything that will “make work” is taken to be a blessing. Similarly the effects of machinery, and of labor-saving inventions, have frequently been looked at with dismay by those whom these things ought to benefit, because, as a matter of fact, the benefit did not often

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Ada the Ayrshire

This cartoon appeared in the February 1955 edition of Better Farming magazine. It was drawn by the cartoonist Walt Wetterberg who made a career using humour and cartoons

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SELF-LOCKING CARTON

This artifact is a press to create self-locking egg cartons. Prior to the invention of self-locking cartons eggs had to be kept wrapped or secured loosely. This issue

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Eclipses
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED | 1834 | NOVA SCOTIA FARMER'S ALMANAC

During the Year 1834, there will be four Eclipses, which will happen in the following order.

The First will be an eclipse of the Sun, on Saturday, June 7th, and visible here.
Sun Rises - 4 h. 26 min
Beginning of Eclipse - 5 h. 15 min
Middle - 5 h. 42

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lives lived

DR. ETHEL CHAPMAN

1888 - 1976

Dr. Ethel Chapman was born and raised on a farm in the Halton Region in 1888. While Dr. Chapman worked hard on her family’s farm she was drawn to the subject of homemaking and home economics. She taught at a local school for a short while before enrolling in the homemaking course at the MacDonald Institute. Upon completing her program Dr. Chapman accepted a position on the staff of the Farmers’ Advocate, a popular farming publication.

Journalism kept Dr. Chapman very occupied throughout her life. After her time working for the Farmers’ Advocate she became the

George A. Attridge

FEBRUARY 14, 1875 - JUNE 30, 1963

George Attridge was a farmer and community leader of Kent County. He was born on a farm in Orford on February 14, 1875. Throughout his life he liberally dedicated his time and energy for the advancements of agriculture and the needs of farmers in his township. He was right at the forefront of nearly every agricultural movement in Kent, involving himself with several notable organizations. More than this, he also held a deep passion for livestock, being highly involved in fairs and show-rings.

He was instrumental in organizing the Western Ontario Consignment Sales Company, whose

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