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Manitoba’s Open Farm Day – Opening the barn doors to the city

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Aurora Farm in St. Norbert, Manitoba.

“I’m about medium sized,” Toms remarked about his farm operation. “I’ve got 100 cows and about 800 acres of grain,” he added.

By Tony Eu
Neepawa Banner/Neepawa Press
Sept 9, 2016

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“I started up about five years ago,” Toms said about participating in Open Farm Day. “I read it in the newspaper and I thought it’d be a good way for people from the urban communities, the cities and that, to connect with farmers,” he explained.

When asked what he thought about Open Farm Day, Toms replied, “It’s a way for people from urban centres to have a chance to go to the farms and see the different farms. It’s a good way for them to connect with the farmers and see what’s happening out in rural Manitoba.”

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Merced, California council approves a new zoning code that adds community gardens and restricts tobacco sellers.

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Community Gardens Do Tend to Increase Property Values and Be a Positive Thing in The Community.

By Thaddeus Miller
Merced Sun-Star
Sept. 8, 2016

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Under the actions taken by the council, the gardens would be treated like a new business, which means landowners within a 300-foot radius would be notified of a potential garden. But the council asked city staff to reduce or waive the $577 fee that would be charged to a comparable business.

“It can be done at no cost, because I don’t think that we’re going to have so many of them that it’s going to create a huge burden on planning staff for processing these,” Kim Espinosa, Merced’s planning manager, said Tuesday.

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The Farmer’s Office

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New book: Tools, Tips and Templates to Successfully Manage a Growing Farm Business

By Julia Shanks
New Society Publishers
Sept 1, 2016

You decided to become a farmer because you love being outside, working the land and making a difference in the way we eat and farm.

And when you decided to become a farmer, you also became an entrepreneur and business person. In order to be ecologically and financially sustainable, you must understand the basics of accounting and bookkeeping, and learn how to manage a growing business.

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