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THE AGRITECT

A blog about all things rural and agritourism related

Are you in the right ‘Zone’?

An overview to municipal zoning regulations. Is your agritourism project allowed? What they are? How to interpret them? And what to do about them?

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An Alternative Solution to Farm Severances

Most farmers have encountered the restrictions in farm severances that have been enforced over the past years.  This planning policy requires that farms must be a minimum of 100 acres (40 hectares). And the result is that farmers have been unable to sever surplus houses from farms they purchase. As with most policy it is like […]

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Rural Revitalisation Idea #2 : farmer retirement village

I’m sure you’ve heard it before from a farmer, If I retire I’ll die.  Those farmers just don’t know how to take a day off, let alone retire. Not to mention that most farmers don’t want to move to town. So what options are left? move in with you on the home farm?!? If you’re […]

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Greenhorn’s Green Dreams

Woven Lea Farm – the ideal sustainable farm proposal – VELD architect 2008 4 years ago my brother made a deal with his environmental professor at Ridgetown Agriculture college.  In exchange for guest lecture in her class about my thesis work, he was allowed to skip class to come to my architecture thesis defense. He […]

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Rural Relics – A Foundation for Possibilities

I was recently introduced to a bit of Waterloo Region’s history. Black Horse Corners, a once bustling small town with an Inn, tannery, fueling mill, pump shop, shingle mill, shoemaker and blacksmith shop, all of which are no longer present except for some remains of the old Inn which burnt down.  Located at the corner […]

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Barn Raising… I mean Watching

This week my region hosted the International Plowing Match in Roseville, a small rural intersection town I often cycle through during the summer. This year the Mennonite Disaster Relief organization hosted a barn raising demonstration for which I volunteered for many months ago. As the day drew nearer I was very excited to participate in […]

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Who moved my cheese?

That's what I felt like after biking 35km to the Fifth Town cheese factory in Prince Edward County. Designed by Lapointe Architect, it has been on my architecture bucket list for many years for a few reasons; it was designed by an architect; it gave me hope that an architecture career in agritourism was possible; […]

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“Healthy agritourism is like having a factory in your economic community”

This quote by Vance Blackmore was the introduction to a conference dedicated to agritousim in hosted by Tourism Middlesex last month. The event was aptly called ‘Beyond the City Lights’ originally initiated by OMAFRA. He was referring to the equine industry in Middlesex County and its ability to generate income and economic growth in the community through tourism. […]

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Farm Community & Culture

The world is becoming very multi-cultural and globally connected. The scale of communities is drastically changing. How can rural maintain a distinct culture and connected community.  If we look back at the farming community it has traditionally be centered around a few key pieces of infrastructure. For example the Church or the School or the […]

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Farm Size Infographic

The following infographic describes the average size of farm in Canada, taken from stats Canada. copyright, VELD architect 2008

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