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From The Field Podcast

From the Field is a local podcast run through 89.7FM Northumberland's Truly Local Radio with hosts Paul Burnham and Trissia Mellor. This podcast series hopes to shine a light on local farm families and local farm efforst acorss the county. Listen in every Tuesday to 89.7FM to catch them live! But incase you miss them, please feel free to download and listen to the podcasts from below.

2017 Podcast List

Topic

Podcast

March 7, 2017

An introduction to the show and the show's hosts and their first interview.

Paul Burnham, Owner/Operator (with Family) of Burnham Family Farm Market and Trissia Mellor, Agriculture Manager with Northumberland County.

Alfons and Tom Casteels, Owners/Operators of Casteels Greenhouses The Casteels grow over 9000 tomato plants producing about 300,000 pounds of great tasting tomatoes each year!

07/03/17 Intro/Casteels

 

Coming Soon

March 14, 2017

Sid Atkinson, Owner/Operator of a Local Dairy Farm (Part 1)

Sid Atkinson and his family operate a 700-acre dairy farm with cash crop and forestry sideline, milking 70 cows with a total herd of 150 in a free-stall barn. Sid and his wife, Karen, have two sons, Mark and David, with all members of the family very active in the farm operation. Sid sits on the Board of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario.

14/03/17 Atkinson Pt. 1

March 21, 2017

Sid Atkinson, Owner/Operator of a Local Dairy Farm (Part 2)

21/03/17 Atkinson Pt. 2

 

Coming Soon

March 28, 2017

George and Ally Ryken and Lisa Meeks, Owners/Operators of Local Farms

George and Ally worked a Tobacco farm in the Castleton area for the first 15 years of their farming career and moved from there to general cash crops. George and Ally still live on the farm but rent out the land for agricultural use. Their daughter Lisa Meeks is also a farmer in the area. George and Ally are from Holland and talk about their immigration process and the importance of food sustainability.

28/03/17 Ryken and Meeks

 

Coming Soon

April 4, 2017

Margaret Appleby, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist

Margaret Appleby works with local growers on responsible pest management in the area. Margaret works with apple growers in the Northumberland and Durham regions to hire crop scouts and run an IPM program. She has also led many in-field apple research projects to help find solutions to new pests or pest problems. Margaret also teaches several courses at Durham College

04/04/17

Appleby Pt. 1

April 11, 2017

Margaret Appleby, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist (Part 2)

11/04/17 Appleby Pt. 2

April 18, 2017

Don Patterson, Owner/Operator of Cranbrook Farm

Don Patterson speaks with Paul and Trissia about his farm bringing along co-worker Mike DeJong to speak to a day on the farm.

18/04/17 Patterson

 

April 25, 2017

Elaina Asselin, Owner/Operator of Wicklow Way Farm

Elaina Asselin and Gregory Hill are the owners of Wicklow Way farm, a certified organic farm in Northumberland. They are proud of where the small farm started and where they have gone with the business over the past ten years. They have opened up 6 acres of land for cultivation and are continually pushing back the forest edge for more field space and sunlight. They now employ five full-time seasonal staff to help with farm duties. Elaina spent 16 years in the fine dining industry sweating it out in kitchens as a chef and both Greg and Elaina love talking about food.

25/04/17 Asselin

May 2, 2017

Anne and Katie (and Paul) Burnham from the Burnham Family Farm Market

Trissia interviews two members of the Burnham family about their local farm business (and occasionally Paul chips in). Anne and Katie Burnham speak to the family business that has been in Cobourg since 1994. Specializing in bringing you the lovely taste of fresh local and Ontario produce, tasty treats from the bakery and much more. They grow: strawberries, raspberries, peas, beans, sweet corn, apples, pumpkins, and more! The Burnham Family Farm Market also sells freshly home-baked goodies: pies, biscuits, cookies, squares, bread, buns, etc.

02/05/17 Burnham

May 9, 2017

Dave and Sherry Rutherford, Owners/Operators of Rutherfords Farm and Roadside Market

Dave and Sherry Rutherford run Rutherfords Farm and Roadside Market providing home grown produce, bakery goods, flowers and other market products.

09/05/17 Rutherford

May 16, 2017

Joe Hayes, Owner/Operator of Popham Lane Farm

Joe Hayes owns and runs Popham Lane Farm which cultivates Black Currants commercially at the 12-acre farm near the shores of Lake Ontario in Brighton. Their first planting was in the spring of 2015 (with a small harvest in the summer of 2016) and all the plantings will be completed in 2018 with more than 13,000 black currant bushes. The crop should reach its full yield in 2023 with upwards of 32,000 kilograms (70,000 pounds) of black currants and continue at this rate for many years.

16/05/17 Hayes

May 23, 2017

John Graham, Owner/Operator of Churchkey Brewing

Founded in 2000, Churchkey was the first microbrewery in picturesque Northumberland County, situated in an 1878 Methodist Church on the outskirts of Campbellford, Ontario. Churchkey Brewing features a variety of award winning hand-crafted ales.

23/05/17 Graham

May 30, 2017

Trissia Mellor, Agriculture Manager for Northumberland County and Emilio Ojeda, Chef and Innovation Coordinator for the OAFVC.

Paul takes a turn at interviewing Trissia and her co-worker Emilio Ojeda about county’s role in agriculture in Northumberland. Trissia and Emilio speak about the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (OAFVC) which was designed with farmers in mind to support fresh fruit and vegetable value-adding opportunities to increase farm revenue. The facility also helps "foodies" with recipe development while staff works with food-processing start-up companies and expansions, in Ontario, to progress Research and Development, test batches, and to facilitate small-batch co-packing.

30/05/17 Mellor/Ojeda

June 6, 2017

Marvin Stapleton, Local Farmer and an Agricultural Sales Representative at Deerhaven Farm and Garden Ltd.

Marvin Stapleton is a local generational farmer with nearly 1,000 acres of total farmland in the family where they grow many cash crops across the county. During his role as Agricultural Sales Representative for Northumberland and Peterborough Counties he brings with him many years of agricultural sales experience. He farms in Durham & Northumberland Counties as well, which allows him the benefit of using the equipment as well as selling it. Deerhaven is an authorized John Deere, and Stihl dealership serving the area, carrying a large selection of new and pre-owned inventory.

06/06/17 Stapleton

June 13, 2017

Ed Van Egmond, Local Farmer, Livestock Valuer and Politician

Ed Van Egmond has been a resident of Cramahe Township, living on his family farm, for all of his life. Ed's parents were immigrants from the Netherlands who came to Canada to start a new life on the farm where he currently lives and works. Ed is a farmer as well as a local Councillor in Cramahe Township.

13/06/17 Egmond

June 20, 2017

Rod Potter, Owner/Operator of Century Game Park

Rod Potter is a 5th generation farmer who runs a scenic homestead, where visitors can see firsthand Elk or Bison grazing on the many acres of farmland in Warkworth.

20/06/17 Potter

June 27, 2017

Diana Barrett, Barrett's Christmas Tree Farm

The Barrett's Christmas Tree Farm is a family owned and operated Christmas tree farm offering cut your own or pre-cut trees in the Northumberland Area. The business also promotes Pony Rides, Hiking Trails, a Petting Zoo, Campfires, Chainsaw Carving and more!

27/07/17 Barrett

July 4, 2017

Kevin Schooley, Executive Director of Ontario Berry Growers Association

Kevin Schooley worked as a Fruit and Vegetable Specialist at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and is currently on the board for both the North American Strawberry Growers Association and the Ontario Berry Growers Association.

04/07/17 Schooley

July 11, 2017

Dan Ferguson, Owner/Operator of Local Beef Farm Dan is the Producer

As a Relations Manager for the Beef Farmers of Ontario, Dan Ferguson has many years of experience in beef cattle farming and helping other farmers grow and prosper. Dan’s farm is a 7 generation century 100 acre farm located in Northumberland, with over 50 cows.

11/07/17 Ferguson

 

July 18, 2017

Pat and Heidi Bane, Moore Orchards

Moore Orchards is an award-winning, family owned and operated fruit farm, growing apples, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, rhubarb and pears. Moore Orchards also has an on-farm retail space, and is a long-time member of the Cobourg Farmers' Market.

18/07/17 Bane

July 25, 2017

Cindy Osland, Osland Market

Osland Market is a small business in Port Hope that offers a great selection of local product. They raise their own beef and lamb without the use of growth hormones, antibiotics, genetically modified feeds or pesticides. Osland Market also brings in clean pork, organic chicken and pastured chicken as well as wild caught fish. Local veggies and preserves, raw honey maple syrup, cheese and farm fresh eggs can also be found at their location.

25/07/17 Osland

August 1, 2017

Jack Oliver, Empire Cheese

The Empire Cheese Co-op is the only cheese manufacturing plant operating in Northumberland County and the first one east of Toronto! They are now HACCP registered and represent the top of the heap in food quality standards. The majority of Empire Cheese is sold through their factory store and various outlets in the Peterborough, Lindsay, Oshawa, Cobourg, Stouffville, Orono, Port Perry, Markham, Merrickville, Uxbridge, Burlington Farmers’ Market and surrounding areas.

01/08/17 Oliver

August 8, 2017

Barry Adamson, Hope Heritage Agricultural Club

Barry Adamson is a part of the Hope Heritage Agricultural Club whose primary interest of the membership is in agricultural machinery. The club has had donations of items non-agricultural in nature, such as antique lawn mowers, chainsaws, and tools, but preserving and collecting farm machinery is their main goal. As well as the heritage associated with the farm, its machinery, the skills and knowledge of operation and maintenance that will be lost if not captured and recorded.

08/08/17 Adamson

August 15, 2017

Debbie and Shane, Haute Goat

Haute Goat is a 200 acre farm located just outside Port Hope, Ontario that raises Nigerian Dwarf goats, alpacas, chickens and horses. Guests to the farm can shop for handmade premium goat milk goodies Goat Butter Caramel Corn and Decadent Goat Buttercrunch to luxurious skin care products such as Raw Goat Milk soap bars, Facial Milk Cleanser, Lip Balms and more in their farm gate store.

15/08/17 Haute Goat

 

August 29, 2017

Mark Walas, (previous) Warden and Mayor of Brighton

Mark Walas attended Humber College of Applied Arts and Science in 1979 graduating as a Licensed Funeral Director. In 1987 he purchased the local funeral home. After a 20 year career of service to the Brighton area, the business was sold in 2007. Mark was elected as Mayor of the Municipality of Brighton in 2010 and has been a Northumberland County Councillor representative. He is currently involved in a number of commercial real estate and land development projects. Mark has also been a great supporter of local citizens through several community organizations.

20/08/17 Walas

 

September 5, 2017

Brandon Bickle, The Bickle Farm Valley Hops

Paul and Trissia speak with Brandon Bickle about farming Hops in the county of Northumberland! Valley Hops is a new hop farm in Northumberland County that focuses on quality, locally grown and sustainability. Located just north of Port Hope, Valley Hops offers quality hops for quality brews and encourages everyone to drink local.

05/09/17 Bickle

 

September 12, 2017

Candy Sellers, Port Hope Fair Board

The fair is completely volunteer run by a volunteer Board of Directors and run as a not for profit organization incorporated under the Ontario Agricultural and Horticultural Act. Early fairs were similar to farmers' markets where one could sell produce rather than just exhibit it, and eventually agricultural societies became even more active, and their exhibitions stimulated wider use of agricultural machinery. Today, the Fair is about Agriculture, Animals, Education, and Entertainment.

12/09/17 Sellers

 

September 19, 2017

Nancy Dejong, Owner/Operator of a Local Turkey Farm

Nancy Dejong grows turkeys on her local family farm near Centreton. Nancy married into the Dejong family who run the Dejong family farms across various counties. Nancy’s husband Rudd and their children work on the farm with her raising the turkeys. Nancy and Rudd went into the business hoping to do chickens and after their barn was built, they turned to turkey instead with their “dream team”.

19/09/17 Dejong

 

October 10, 2017

Jen Burnham, Maplewood Stables

Maplewood Stables is primarily a Boarding and Lesson Facility, owned and operated by Jen Burnham who grew up on the family dairy and cash crop farm before she converted it to horses. The business was conceived of and put in place in March of 2002 shortly after graduating from Kemptville College with an Equine Management Diploma.

10/10/17 Burnham

 

October 24, 2017

Dan Needles, Playwright

Paul and Trissia speak with author and playwright Dan Needles over the phone about his personal experience in agriculture and how this influenced his work. For 30 years, author and playwright Dan Needles has been bringing to life the stories and characters of his mythical Persephone Township, a fictional rural Canadian community two hours north of the big city. His Wingfield Farm series of stage plays have appeared in virtually every English speaking theatre in Canada. He is the author of 12 plays, four books and hundreds of magazine columns.

24/10/17 Needles

 

October 31, 2017

Ian Sculthrope, South 50 Farm

As ninth generation residents of Port Hope, Ontario, Ian & James Sculthorpe are at the helm of South 50 Farms, a family venture situated on land that has been in the Sculthorpe family since 1850. South 50 Farms is an all-natural, grass-fed beef farm raising both Angus and Hereford cattle in Northumberland County. The farm is committed to providing a healthy, local and delicious alternative to conventional supermarket beef.

31/10/17 Sculthrope

 

November 7, 2017

Jamie Ferguson

 

07/11/17 Ferguson

 

Coming Soon

November 28, 2017

Dennis Laver, Laver’s Farm Fresh Eggs

Dennis Laver has been farming with his wife Janice since 1982, five years after he purchased half his father’s laying hen operation. By 1991 they had started growing sweet corn and now they grow and sell potatoes, pumpkins and squash along with their corn and eggs directly from their farm. Dennis and Janice have three children and their oldest son Ian now farms with them. The family farm provides eggs all year round and fresh vegetables in season.

28/11/17 Laver

 

December 5, 2017

Sue Whitefield, Local Farmer

Paul and Trissia interview Sue Whitefield about her local farm and local products. Sue Whitefield is a farmer and jam maker extraordinaire. Sue grows most of her products such as asparagus, rhubarb, black currants, red currants, raspberries, peppers, tomatoes, and horse radish; she uses her home grown product as a value-add to make other products, anything that she doesn’t grow herself she tries to source locally. Her farm near Port Hope has been a family farm since 1854. Sue sells her product at local farmers markets.

05/12/17 Whitefield

 

December 12, 2017

Doug Grey and Bonnie Wilson, Piper Creek Farm

Doug Grey and Bonnie Wilson run a local beef farm in Castleton where the public can order corn finished Angus beef (halves or quarters) or hamburger anytime.

12/12/17 Grey and Wilson

 

December 19, 2017

Joost Verrest, President of Green Protein

Paul and Trissia interview Joost Verrest from Green Protein about the business being brought to the area from the Netherlands. Green Protein is based on a strong know-how and patents portfolio. Green Protein are hard at work finishing the development of a truly disruptive innovation in the fields of protein production and food loss reduction by producing high-added value, food-grade functional proteins called Rubisco and vegetable fibres out of the vegetable waste streams from the vegetable processing industry and rural communities.

19/12/17 Verrest

 

2018 Podcast List

February 6, 2018

Chris Logel, Pioneer Seed

Chris is located in Grafton where he sells seed for Pioneer Seeds to full and part time farmers in the general Northumberland area. Pioneer Seeds has been around for over 70 years and is a worldwide seed company and has a long history in developing seed for the farming industry.

 

06/02/18 Logel

 

 

February 13, 2018

John Graham, Co-Owner of Port Britain Chemical Inc.

John speaks about different chemicals, their classification and uses. John graduated from Guelph in 1976 and became a licensed exterminator. John teaches spray courses in his spare time to various agencies across the Province. In this episode, John speaks to myths and facts about using chemicals to control pests on farms.

 

13/02/18 Graham

February 20, 2018

Steve Lawrence, Dare 2 Dream Farm

As the home of Sweet Dream Food, Dare 2 Dream farm is a local producer and packager of Canada’s natural sweeteners; honey and maple syrup. This business offers a number of things to see and do including peering into the processing area, where they extract, infuse and bottle raw local honey. The processing area is also used in the early months of the year to finish and bottle wood fired maple syrup.

 

20/02/18 Lawrence

February 27, 2018

Eric Charbonneau, True Saffron

Eric talks about Saffron and how he got into the field. Eric began his business in 2016 when he ordered 50,000 bulbs from Europe to be planted here in Northumberland County. Today, True Saffron delivers saffron in small glass flasks sealed with real cork to preserve freshness.

 

27/02/18 Charbeonneau

March 13, 2018

Mark and Cindy Bickle, Stonybrook Farms

Paul and Trissia speak with Mark and Cindy who own and operate a farm of Holstein cows near Grafton. Their farm is a 6th generation farm that has been in the family since 1845. The farm milks 295 cows (40 Jersey Cows) twice a day, and they farm their own feed for the cows. Mark and Cindy have been the first family in the registered purebred Holstein business to farm them for 100 years straight in the business.

 

13/03/18 Bickle

March 20, 2018

Reubon Dejong, G & D Farms

Reuben Dejong currently grows corn, soybeans, wheat, and canola in the hills of Northumberland County. Reuben is a graduate of Kemptville College (now the University of Guelph’s Kemptville Campus) and a third generation farmer. Along with his wife Rebecca and their son Theodore, Reuben is trying to be as efficient as possible by using many forms of precision agriculture technology. Their crop is grown with variable rate fertilizer and seed monitored with satellite imaging throughout the season.

 

20/03/18 Dejong

March 27, 2018

Jesse Petit, Precision Technology Specialist at Farmers Edge

Jesse Petit is a local farm specialist working for Farmers Edge, a global leader in decision agriculture servicing over 20 million acres worldwide with precision digital solutions. Farmers Edge provides growers with scalable solutions to produce more with less. From seed selection to yield data analytics, Farmers Edge transforms big data into timely and accurate insights to support informed decision making.

 

27/03/18 Petit

April 10, 2018

Cam Davidson, Local Farmer

Cam Davidson speaks about his farm operation and how farming has changed in the county over the years he has lived here. Cam farms in Hamilton Township, his family has been on that farm for 3 generations. Cam went to Guelph University and came home to help work the family dairy farm. Cam speaks about living on a local farm and compares farms from 50 years ago to today.

 

10/04/18 Davidson

April 17, 2018

Alan Kressel, Soil Conservation Council of Canada

The Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC) has a rich history as the face and voice of soil conservation in Canada. The SCCC is the only national organization to concentrate on the issues of soil health and soil conservation within a broadly based landscape context. It works to build a greater understanding of the importance of soil as an essential resource to society by facilitating the exchange of information with all stakeholders.

 

17/04/18 Kressel

April 24, 2018

Julie Perry, Red Tractor Farm and Market

The Red Tractor Farm and Market offers a weekly basket of farm fresh produce delivered to your door all season long. There is no commitment- they post the basket contents every week on Friday, and you comment if you'd like one delivered the following Tuesday. Julie Perry and her family provide fresh, in season veggies and if you order their baskets she adds yummy choices like pumpkin and apple home-made pies and squash soup.

 

24/04/18 Perry

May 1, 2018

Carol Harrison, Registered Dietitian with Yummy Lunch Club

Carol has built on 20 years’ experience in nutrition communications and marketing for government, food industry and non-profits. Carol can help you to plan and execute your food and nutrition communications projects.

 

01/05/18 Harrison

May 8, 2018

Kevin King, Kingsholm Farm & FamilyFarms.ca

As a fourth generation farmer Kevin and his wife Margo raise rare, hardy Tamworth pigs and Large English Blacks on a barley-based diet mixed with field peas and alfalfa meal. Their cattle are Shaver Beef Blend, grass-fed and pasture-finished for a low-fat meat high in Omega fatty acids, potassium and iron, and full of the flavour and care their customers demand.

 

08/05/18 King Pt. 1

 

Coming Soon

 

May 15, 2018

Kevin King, Kingsholm Farm & FamilyFarms.ca (Part 2)

 

15/05/18 King Pt. 2

 

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