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.
Should Farm Women Go On Strike

Have you ever thought what the result would be if all the farmer’s wives and housekeepers in this country were to form a sort of a labour-union and then go out on strike, for something under an eighteen hour day and a pay-envelope every Saturday night?

If we haven’t been thinking of anything of the kind we may as well give a few minutes to the subject right now, for the

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All Together

This cartoon appeared in the July 13, 1940 issue of Canadian Countryman. It depicts four men, labelled “farmer”, “labor”, “industry”

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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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The Farmers’ Creditors Arrangement Act

Important among the several new laws and regulations affecting the farmer, which were passed at this year’s session of the Dominion Parliament, is the Farmers’ Creditors Arrangement Act which provides for a simple and inexpensive legal procedure by which a farmer over-burdened with debt may arrange a compromise with his creditors and so get off to a new start, financially speaking.

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lives lived

Abraham Doras Shadd

MARCH 2, 1801 - FEBRUARY 11, 1882

Abraham Doras Shadd was born in Wilmington, Delaware on March 2, 1802. The son of a free African-American shoemaker, Abraham was acquainted from a very young age with the prejudice and racism that would ultimately drive him from the land of his birth to Canada. Despite these challenges, his father was able to equip him with the education and skills necessary to be a successful tradesman. When his father died in 1819, Abraham took over his shoemaking business. By all accounts, he was relatively successful in this line of work and earned enough to own property. Nevertheless, because of his

Dr. John Archibald Ruddick

JUNE 6, 1862 - MARCH 4, 1953

Dr. John Archibald Ruddick witnessed the growth of Canada’s dairy industry over a life nearly a century long, being involved in many of the developments along the way. Dr. Ruddick was born on a farm just outside In Ingersoll, Ontario. In 1866 Jonathon Jervis built the Maple Leaf Cheese Factory on the corner of the Ruddicks’ farm. Dr. Ruddick would take up occasional work throughout his youth at the factory, grafting him to the industry he would devote his life to.

In 1880 Dr. Ruddick moved to Vittoria, Norfolk County, Ontario where he took up his first full-time job

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