The Back 40

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November 02, 2021 00:34:45
Upcycling Food Waste

Upcycling Food Waste

This week on The Back 40, we spoke with Cher Mereweather, President & CEO of Provision Coalition.  Provision is focused on developing a circular food economy while helping companies grow by making food sustainably.  Cher joins us to discuss one of their recent projects The Re(Purpose) Incubator.  The project works with local businesses to create a new Upcycled ingredient or product with their unavoidable food waste. ...

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October 26, 2021 00:30:53
Little Brown Cow

Little Brown Cow

This week on The Back 40, we spoke with Jenny Butcher and Wes Kuntz of Little Brown Cow farm near Brantford, Ontario.  As this year’s winners of the Ontario Outstanding Young Farmers contest they have a very unique and extraordinary story to tell.  A winning combination of a passion for agriculture and a commitment to local food has pushed many across Ontario to visit their storefront.  Listen in as we discuss their operation, how a viral video boosted their business and what the future may hold for the Little Brown Cow. ...

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October 19, 2021 00:36:18
Outstanding Young Farmers

Outstanding Young Farmers

This week on The Back 40, we spoke with Amy Cronin, Chair of the Ontario Outstanding Young Farmers program. Amy and her husband Mike started farming in 1995 as pork producers and have since expanded their operation, along with their six kids, to include poultry and cash crop on farms all across Ontario and some parts of the United States. Listen here as Amy discusses her experience going through the Outstanding Young Farmers Program, what she learned and how the program is still helping farmers. ...

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October 12, 2021 00:30:41
CleanFarms

CleanFarms

On this episode of The Back 40 podcast we spoke with Kim Timmer, Manager of Stakeholder Relations at Clean Farms.  Cleanfarms is an industry stewardship organization that focuses helping farmers recycle plastics that are used on farms.  Over their 10 years of operating Cleanfarms has recovered more than 50,000 MT of Ag-Waste, including jugs, grain & fertilizer bags, unwanted pesticides and livestock medications, for recycling.  Join us as they discuss the many programs they have available that are contributing to their ultimate goal of zero waste through proper disposal of these items. ...

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October 05, 2021 00:31:39
Building a Circular Food Economy

Building a Circular Food Economy

This week on The Back 40 we spoke with Barb Swartzentruber (Executive Director, Smart Cities Office, Guelph) and Justine Dainard (Smart Cities Project Manager for Wellington) from Our Food Future & the Smart Cities Challenge in Guelph, Ontario.  They both join us to discuss the Smart Cities Challenge, which is working to imagine our food system as a circular economy where we produce no waste and every community member has access to affordable, nutritious food. ...

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September 28, 2021 00:31:29
Farm to School Programs

Farm to School Programs

On this episode of The Back 40 we spoke with Carolyn Webb (Ontario Edible Education Network Coordinator) and Nicole Hambleton (Ontario Lead for Farm to School) about how Sustain Ontario is helping to bring farm education to the classroom.  Sustain Ontario provides support to classrooms across Ontario to help them develop farm education programs. Their ultimate goal is to transform Ontario’s food system by working collaboratively with schools, farmers, chefs and other industry stakeholders.   Listen to the full episode where Carolyn and Nicole talk about some of the school programs and how Sustain Ontario can help bring farm & food literacy to a school near you. . Additional Resources: Sustain Ontario Website (https://sustainontario.com/) Farm to Cafeteria Canada (http://www.farmtocafeteriacanada.ca/) Farm to Cafeteria Canada Resources (http://www.farmtocafeteriacanada.ca/resources/f2s-resource-centre/) Farm to School Stories (http://www.farmtocafeteriacanada.ca/our-work/farm-to-school-canada/farm-to-school-grants/)  ...

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