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Helicopters, Soil Life, and Healthy Food

On a warm August evening I returned home from making some deliveries to see a helicopter circling over my house alarmingly low to the ground. He headed across the river, almost brushing the treetops and dove lower out of sight in my neighbour’s corn field. There was no crash though, and soon he reappeared to repeat the same maneuver. My initial thought was that maybe the authorities were scouting for marijuana plants. They used to do that from the air – back in the days when pot was illegal. But the systematic flight pattern of this noisy bird made...

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A Brief History of Organic Farming at ZFF

A Brief History of Organic Farming (at Zettel Family Farms) By Ted Zettel Part One: Beginnings In 1982, on the day of my first contact with a real organic farmer,  I was a progressive young dairy farmer working in partnership with my Dad, who had taken over the family farm from his Dad. I got into farming for what are now called “lifestyle aspirations”.  When my girlfriend Christine and I were planning our post-secondary studies, my Dad announced that he would be getting out of cows when I left to go to the city. That threw a monkey wrench...

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News Update – June 22, 2016

 Greetings from the busy family farm! 1) Farm Tour and Barbecue – Sunday, July 10  Click HERE to Register Now! The Farm tour is on for July 10, and when we’re not busy cutting and baling hay to feed the cattle next winter, or looking after the pigs, chickens, goats, horses, cows and calves who are all out in their separate pasture fields, we are trying to clean up in time for company.  What we really want is for you, the people who eat our products and make it possible for us to realize our mission of making a...

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