Chef Justin Cournoyer at work in his kitchen in his Toronto restaurant.  |  Arash Moallemi photo

Chef extols benefits of sustainable food

TORONTO — An animated Justin Cournoyer readily answered questions following his food demonstration at the SIAL international food show. This show, held last spring, along with others like the Trashed and Wasted food event in Toronto gives the chef and restaurateur the forum to share his views on living and eating in harmony with the […] Read more


Allister, left, and Lauchie MacEachern work in their Debert, N. S., dairy barn.  | Nick Pearce photo

OYF nominees share tips on succession

PENTICTON, B.C. — Careful planning, honest conversations, trust and respect are keys to successful generational farm transfers. In interviews during the Outstanding Young Farmer national conference in Penticton Nov. 30-Dec. 3, provincial nominees shared these tips from their farms’ succession plans. Lauchie and Jolene MacEachern of Folly River dairy farm at Debert, N.S., who gradually […] Read more


Heide Held originally added Nubian dairy goats to her Hillside Orchards’ farm store near Oliver, B.C., due to her children’s milk allergies.  |  Karen Morrison photo

Challenges bring opportunities to Okanagan growers

OLIVER, B.C. — Access to a reliable labour force and ever increasing production costs have challenged British Columbia fruit growers in recent years, but a proliferation of wineries in the south Okanagan Valley has also presented opportunities. Heide Held operates Hillside Orchards U-Pick and Farm Market with her parents, Guenther and Mary, near Oliver. The […] Read more

Kevin Stewart addressed asking difficult questions to create change, growth and innovation on the farm at the Outstanding Young Farmers conference in Penticton, B.C.  |  Karen Morrison photo

Don’t let your farm get stuck in a rut

PENTICTON, B.C. — The status quo is not sustainable in a rapidly changing agricultural climate, delegates heard during Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers conference Dec. 1. “If you are not focused on growth, you are going backwards,” said Kevin Stewart, who operates AgVision Media. “In this disruptive environment, 70 percent of our decisions will be wrong […] Read more


Tannis and Derek Axten of Minton, Sask., left, and Francois Handfield and Veronique Bouchard of Mont Tremblant, Que., were named Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers national winners Dec. 1 at the group’s annual conference in Penticton, B.C.  |  Karen Morrison photo

Farmers’ sustainability focus rewarded

PENTICTON, B.C. — Sustainable farming was rewarded at this year’s Outstanding Young Farmers awards ceremony with both national winners focused on soil ecology and the environment. Grain farmers Derek and Tannis Axten of Minton, Sask., and produce growers Francois Handfield and Veronique Bouchard of Mont Tremblant, Que., were selected from seven provincial nominees during an […] Read more

Expert says children need stimulating activities and interaction with others to reduce anxiety and develop social skills. | Getty image

Technology is not a good babysitter

Expert says children need stimulating activities and interaction with others to reduce anxiety and develop social skills

PENTICTON, B.C. — Developmental and language delays, increased depression, distracted behaviour and less empathy in children are red flags for parents who need to better manage technology use in their homes. Elad Milman presented a session on keeping human connections in the technological age at a recent parenting conference in Penticton. “I think the concern […] Read more

Residents started a food program in their community to ensure access to food to those who need it. | Karen Morrison photo

B.C. community tackles food insecurity

OLIVER, B.C. — Connecting the bounty of food in the highly productive Okanagan with people in need is a priority of Food Secure Oliver. After three years of planning and consultations with the community, the initiative is expected to roll out in February and March with the hiring of a co-ordinator to implement the plan […] Read more


Outdoor play improves children’s emotional behaviour, while 
risk-taking allows them to overcome fears.  |  Karen Morrison photo

Outdoor play expands curiosity, vocabulary, communication skills

PENTICTON, B.C. — Young children are more likely to be hurt in car accidents than on the playground, said an early childhood researcher. Beverlie Dietz, director of learning and applied research at Okanagan College, said outdoor play should be a part of everyday life, whether at home or in child-care centres. Her study of early […] Read more

Tannis and Derek Axten of Minton, Sask., accept their award as one of two Outstanding Young Farmers national winners. They, with Francois Handfield and Veronique Bouchard of Mont Tremblant, Que., were named Dec. 1 at the group’s annual conference in Penticton, B..C.   |  Karen Morrison photo

Sask., Que. couples win Outstanding Young Farmer

PENTICTON, B.C. — Both the east and the west were represented among this year’s Outstanding Young Farmers national winners. Derek and Tannis Axten of Minton, Sask., and Francois Handfield and Veronique Bouchard of Mont Tremblant, Que., were selected from seven provincial nominees during an awards ceremony Dec. 1 in Penticton, B.C. The Axtens, the fourth […] Read more