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THE AGRITECT

A blog about all things rural and agritourism related

VELD’s Vrijdag Verses – 6

“The technological development, especially in agriculture, as well as increased contact with industrial cities, movement of people from rural communities to urban centers, and spread of urban beliefs and values due to the improved means of transportation and communication have radically transformed rural Canada in recent decades. The transformation has been so dramatic, and urban influence […]

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VELD’s Vrijdag Verses – 5

“we accept these new farm buildings as we must accept the inevitable, but we look forward to their evolution in matters of design and material to the point where a comparison may be made with the barns of an earlier era in which beauty and surprising degree of efficiency emerged as a solution to the […]

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VELD’s Vrijdag Verses – 4

“it is possible that millions now living in North America have never seen a barn, let alone been in one. In the foreseeable future there is more than a possibility that for many, the kind of barn illustrated in these pages will not be there to see.” – Eric Ross Arthur & Dudley Whitney, Authors. […]

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VELD’s Vrijdag Verses – 3

“the science of agriculture, which is the only profession in the world which encompass all sciences and all the laws of the universe, but the realm of human philosophy as well”  – Louis Bromfield, Author. From My Experiences: the Pleasures and Miseries of Life on a Farm.

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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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VELD’s Vrijdag Verses -2

The design, like a farmer, is one “whose sense of beauty and poetry is born of the Earth” – Louis Bromfield, Author. From my Experience: the Pleasures and Miseries of Life on a Farm

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VELD’s Vrijdag Verses

I dug my thesis out today to remind myself of all the work, research, and knowledge that went into that book!  It’s 1inch thick, 235 double sided pages, 3 professor advisers, 18 years of farm life, 1 years worth of work! For those who are curious, you can download it here. As I was leafing […]

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Capturing ‘Farmer Thinking’

At a recent conference for Sustainable Food Systems in West Lorne 2025″(see post) I was introduced to the work of Dan Needles, a playwright who has self proclaimed the title of keeper of 'farmer thinking'. Dan describes farmer thinking as three things; absolutely practical, humble in the face if great calamity, and too rare in […]

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