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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.
THE EFFECTS OF URBANIZATION ON OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED | AUTUMN 1961 | JUNIOR FARMER AND 4-H QUARTERLY

I believe the rural community is becoming extinct. Ontario is becoming a province of urbanites and semi-urbanites who are destroying the rural community. The urbanites are becoming more rural and the rural people are becoming more urban as they enjoy all the amenities of city living. Geographers and census-takers are finding it increasingly difficult to define the limits of metropolitan areas.

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Pass it on!

This cartoon, published in the October 11, 1924 edition of the Canadian Countryman magazine, expresses one of the main complaints of the United Farmers movement in Ontario

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RASP

This is an example of an iron rasp that would have been familiar to blacksmiths and farriers throughout history. The rasp is one of the most important items in the

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What is the Matter with Farming?
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED | JUNE 28, 1924 | CANADIAN COUNTRYMAN

The above question is being asked daily in all directions so let us turn it out to the light and have a look. If the farm occupation or any occupation is in a very poor state we should be able to see the followers of that occupation with shrunken faces and tired, discouraged looks. But such is not the case. Nine farmers out of ten at least look to be well fed, happy and

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lives lived

Edgar Spinney Archibald

MAY 12, 1885 - JANUARY 23, 1968

Edgar Spinney Archibald was a distinguished agricultural scientist who headed several key organizations, most notably serving as the Director of Dominion Experimental Farms. His dynamic leadership not only guided Canadian agriculture through the turbulent times of the Depression and the Second World War, but ensured it would flourish. His expertise in applying scientific concepts to improving agricultural methods gained him widespread recognition throughout Canada.

Archibald was born on May 12, 1885, in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. He attended the Ontario Agricultural College,

Gordon Ribey

June 1, 1927 – January 6, 2018

Auctioneer; retired farmer; founding member of the Bluewater Angus Club. Born June 1, 1927; died Jan. 6, 2018, age 91.

Gordon Ribey, a long-time Bruce County auctioneer, “was a landmark,” according to Garry Kuhl, Keady Livestock Market manager.

Ribey died suddenly in early January of an apparent heart attack, his younger brother Rodney Ribey said.

Until Gordon retired from farming and moved to Port Elgin, he maintained his purebred Ryebee Angus herd on 145 acres near Tiverton. Rodney’s Angus Knoll Farm herd still has animals he

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