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THE AGRITECT

A blog about all things rural and agritourism related

A Guide On How To Treat Outdoor Timber

Looking for tips on how to treat outdoor timber? This guide covers everything you need to know to keep your wooden surfaces and structures looking great and protected from the elements. From cleaning and sealing to staining and painting, this guide has got you covered.

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A Complete Guide to Site Plan Approval

What is Site Plan Control, and how to navigate your agritourism project through it smoothly? Master planning an on-farm winery with a restaurant. Co-credit South2010 architects. You may have heard your municipality mention Site Plan Approval when you go to them with a building permit or agritourism request. And you are probably wondering what the […]

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Understanding The OMAFRA Guidelines For Your On-farm Diversified Uses

What are the OMAFRA guidelines for On-farm Diversified uses?  The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) created the “Guidelines on Permitted Uses in Ontario’s Prime Agricultural Areas” to assist municipalities in what OMAFRA feels protects “prime farmland” while providing opportunities for different income streams for farmers. It’s important to remember that it […]

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50 Ideas for Your Barn Conversion Project

So, we convinced you to keep your barn! Now, what are you going to use it for? Here are some ideas to give your old barn a new life. We hope these suggestions ignite your creativity for repurposing your old barn into something unique! Barn Restoration for Agriculture Uses: There is nothing wrong with reusing […]

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How to adopt a Barn?

Discover the joy of adopting a barn and preserving our rich heritage. Support sustainability, restore architectural treasures, and make a lasting impact.

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VELD’s Vrijdag Verses – 18

“…the countryside conjures nostalgic rather than real interpretations.” “Perhaps more than any other landscape, the tended fields of the countryside symbolizes our most revered meld of man, nature, and time.” -Sally Schauman.

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VELD’s Vrijdag Verses – 17

“Ontario’s 19th century vernacular [Vernacular architecture is a category of architecture based on local needs and construction materials, and reflecting local traditions] is beyond recovery, however much it is craved. Awareness cannot be un-invented in an informed, interactive society.” -Michael J. Troughton. Vernacular Architecture in Ontario; Industrial Vernacular  

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VELD’s Vrijdag Verses – 16

The basic problem associated with a monoculture farm is that it is not a closed system. By closing the loop and creating a farm which operates like an ecosystem, we can re-establish the nutrient cycle and rehabilitate our resources. In order to do this we must produce the feed on the same farm as the […]

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VELD’s Vrijdag Verses – 15

“A good farmer is a craftsperson of the highest order, a kind of artist. It is the good work of good farmers – nothing else – that assures a sufficiency of food over the long term.” -Wendel Berry, Farmer & Author. Gift of Good Land

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VELD’s Vrijdag Verses -12

“Farming keeps man honest, vigorous, and independent” -James S. Ackerman, Architect. Vila:Form & Ideology of Country Houses

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