Using Solar Panels for Farming – An Ingenious Concept

Farms and agricultural businesses are increasingly turning to solar power to run their businesses. The cost of going solar has decreased due to investments made by the Solar Energy Technologies Office. This has allowed for more installations across the country.
Could solar power and crop cultivation be integrated in a mutually beneficial way? Do solar farms work or not?
What Is Agrivoltaics?
While a solar farm is a huge land set up with solar panels to produce energy, Agrivoltaics is when you use an area of land for solar …

Transitioning from Urban to Rural Farming

Reclaims Organics, a farm certified to produce organic herbs and vegetables, is owned by Ryan Mason. In his 20s, Ryan spent most of his time visiting many countries to learn more about food and agriculture. He shares his experience in running a farm in a rural area.
He said that if you want to expand your farm in a rural area, you should not rush into doing it. That is because there are many things to consider. One of these is having fewer sales, network, and marketing opportunities. He …

Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Its Environmental, Social, and Economic Benefits

Food and agriculture have a very large impact. The United Nations reported that agriculture, including livestock, aquaculture, and irrigation, makes up over 60% of the water taken out in the world every year. The natural source for food is decreasing because of overfishing, irresponsible use of water, poor soil fertility, land degradation, and marine environment deprivation.
The present condition of food and agriculture poses an immediate threat to the resilience and health of people and the…

No-Till Organic Culture As a Climate Solution

Jenny Berkenbosch and James Vriend manage Sundog Organic Farm. This 14-acre farm is certified for producing organic herbs and vegetables. They offer many greenhouse and field-grown herbs and vegetables to customers in the Farm Share program during summer and fall and at the Strathcona Farmers Market in Edmonton.
They launched Sundog Organic Farm in 2009 by starting a booth at the Downtown farmer’s market located in Edmonton. Jenny said that their background in cabinetry and arts helped them design and build their booth. Because of this, they can have many loyal customers.

Why Invest in Solar Power for Our Future

When my husband and I started dating 10 years ago, he already discussed to his parents his interest in having their family farm. Now, we are married and have started our lifelong journey together in managing their farm.
We milk about 90 cows with about 150 young stock. Moreover, we also take care of a small herd of beef. We harvest feed from 4 quarter-parts of our land. We have 4 children who want to help. However, they are still too young to do that. It can be challenging to manage family and farm time. Since we do everything ourselves, we have to find the right balance in doing daily work.