Uncovering the roots of farming sustainability
By: Elisa Fitzpatrick, OHEA Student Member
Did you know that less than one in five Canadians lives in rural communities?
The connection between us and where our food comes from is stretching further and further apart. With more people as city dwellers than rural land owners, a vast majority of people are no longer connected with our agricultural practices and the importance of sustainability in the agriculture sector.
Environmental sustainability of the food chain is frequently examined, but often, agricultural sustainability is left out of the discussion. What most consumers do not consider, are the tasks that farmers undertake to ensure that their practices remain sustainable.
Today my hope is that I can educate you on some ways that farmers establish sustainable practices, minimize their environmental impact, and continue to ensure that their farm land and resources will be bountiful for the future.
By: Lela Hopper, OHEA Student Member
Individuals need the best of both worlds when purchasing local foods, here's why.
During a previous summer, my family signed up for a community supported agriculture (CSA) box. The summer consisted of picking up a small box of food once a week at a local meeting spot. The contents of the box came from a 100 km radius from our house.
We didn’t know what we were getting each week, and it was interesting to talk to the farmer and learn how to cook and store these new foods. The box contained seasonal vegetables, fresh herbs that we could plant, and a variety of canned products like pickles and beets.
By: Bryn Brouwers, OHEA Student Member
Critical conversations are needed around agriculture and food systems
By: Mary Carver, P.H.Ec.
The Disability Tax Credit, known as the DTC, is a non-refundable credit that may reduce the total income tax payable for the person with the disability, and/or may be transferred to a spouse or another supporting person, if he/she qualifies and has no taxable income.
Ms. Lamothe outlined the tax measures for persons with disabilities, the criteria for the DTC and how to apply.
The Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) is proud to show support for the Fresh From the Farm Healthy Fundraising for Ontario Schools. This fundraising initiative provides schools the opportunity to raise funds by selling Ontario fruit and vegetables to the community, while promoting healthy eating and supporting Ontario farmers. Launched in 2013, Fresh From the Farm is entering in its sixth year and 1165 schools have raised over $1.1 million for school initiatives selling 2.7 million pounds of Ontario produce.
By: Shelby Weaver, Student
Recycling is not a new idea – in fact, Canadians are getting better at it, recycling 255 kilograms of garbage per person that would have ended up in landfills (1). However, there is some misunderstanding about what exactly is recyclable. In 2017, 52,000 tonnes of waste were mistakenly recycled (2). A major contributor to this confusion are disposable paper cups.
By: Getty Stewart, P.H.Ec. of gettystewart.com
To get a lovely string of homegrown garlic, you’ve got to get those cloves in the ground now – in the fall!
By: Sarah Pardy, P.H.Ec. of Lumago
“But I want to work in agriculture AND food & nutrition AND environment fields”.
As I deliberated the next step in my career these were the words that ran through my head over and over...then I stumbled upon aquaponics.
By: Erin MacGregor, RD & P.H.Ec of howtoeat.ca
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Choosing sustainable, affordable and healthful seafood can seem crazy hard.
This is a big fat complicated topic, friends. My head was spinning at the number of resources I reviewed while trying to find the best information for you.
I’m going to try and keep this as simple and as transparent as possible, and in the end I hope you find this was a practical resource to get you started in making the best choice for you and your family.
The first question I asked myself was, “What are people thinking about when buying seafood?”.
It turns out, a whole whack of stuff. And depending on who’s buying, the biggest priority is going to change.
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