The Back 40

Welcome to The Back 40 Podcast! The podcast for anyone interested in learning more about the food they eat and those that eat make it. We explore topics and issues surrounding agriculture in Ontario and ...more

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March 08, 2022 00:26:15
Education for A Changing World

Education for A Changing World

This week on The Back 40 we are joined by Abby Stec, Director of Business Development at Elephant Thoughts.  Elephant Thoughts, located in Durham ON, was founded in 2002 with the goal of putting education first to create sustainable change for youth facing barriers.  Their local farm property is over 135 acres and boasts farm land, hiking trails, several event facilities, overnight accommodations and much more.  Their focus is to be inclusive and by providing these resources to those facing any type of barrier they can start to improve access to quality education to as many as possible! ...

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February 22, 2022 00:29:45
Ag Thoughts with Senator Rob Black

Ag Thoughts with Senator Rob Black

Today, February 22nd, Canada’s Ag Day, we are joined by a very special guest, The Hon. Rob Black, Senator for Ontario. Senator Black has been heavily involved in agriculture with OMAFRA, 4-H, Junior Farmers, AALP and in February of 2021 he was recognized by the Canadian Western Agribition as one of the top 50 most influential people in agriculture. Senator Black joins us to discuss a number of topics including his journey & role in the Senate, the importance of celebrating Ontario’s Agriculture industry and what’s in store for the future of agriculture across Canada. ...

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February 08, 2022 00:29:49
Managing Farm Land Health

Managing Farm Land Health

This week on The Back 40 we spoke with Chris Van Esbroeck, Stewardship Services Coordinator at the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority.  Chris joins us to discuss the various programs they offer to help farmers with advice or funding to address their land concerns.  They work with each individual land owner to meet their specific needs to help combat climate change, land erosion or increase the diversity of their natural areas. ...

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January 25, 2022 00:29:18
Growing Underneath Solar Panels

Growing Underneath Solar Panels

This week we are joined by Martin Pochtaruk, President of Heliene.  Heliene is a company that is challenging the status quo or what solar panels can do.  Solar panels have become more abundant over the years as more people look towards renewable sources of energy for their operations needs. Martin joins us to discuss how their technology is allowing farmers to not only produce energy, but also grow crops using the same area. ...

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January 11, 2022 00:27:16
Local Line to Local Produce

Local Line to Local Produce

This week on The Back 40 we spoke with Cole Jones, CEO of Local Line.  Local Line is an online marketplace for the food industry that helps farmers list, sell and manage their products.  They build e-commerce, CRM and inventory management solutions that helps farmers, wholesalers and other food system stakeholders manage and grow their business. Listen here as Cole discusses how their platform supports and connects over 12,500 farms with the right customers. ...

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December 28, 2021 00:45:13
A Year in Review

A Year in Review

What a year it's been! First, a huge thank you to all of our guests and listeners for your support throughout the year! Because of you we have been able to share the stories of 46 different guests doing incredible work in agriculture! For our last and final episode of the year, we are joined by Tracy MacDonald, President & CEO of Trillium Mutual Insurance. Tracy joins us as we take a look back at some of the incredible stories and highlights from The Back 40 in 2021. We have been joined by some inspirational and motivating guests this year and we look forward to bringing you more stories from the ag industry in 2022! ...

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