Biking to Canadian Hazelnut

Chuck Zimmerman

The farm bikers at the 2013 Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation Conference went off road through a hazelnut orchard before arriving at the largest organic hazelnut farm in Canada – Canadian Hazelnut. We were met by Shelley Krahn who talked to us about the farm and answered questions. You can watch in the video below. There are eight thousand trees on …

CFWF, Farming, International, Video

Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation Awards

Chuck Zimmerman

The concluding banquet at the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation Conference included the annual Writers and Broadcasters Awards. There are fourteen categories with Gold/Silver/Bronze winners in each. The categories ranged from Television and Radio Reporting to News Release, Website and Feature and News Photographs. Here is the group of winners or those who were accepting for a winner not attending the …

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CFWF Senators Report

Chuck Zimmerman

A tradition at the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation Conference is the Senators Report. The senators are the past presidents of CFWF who are in attendance. They gather on the final afternoon of the conference to discuss important and worldly things that are then reported during the awards banquet. Giving the report this year was John Morriss, Farm Business Communications. I …

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Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation in Growth Mode

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. In this week’s program we’re going to learn about the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation from the past President and the new President. First up is Tamara Leigh, Shiny Bird Communications, who passed the gavel of leadership during last week’s Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation (CFWF) Conference. Tamara not only does agricultural communications work but also …

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Touring Farms on a Bike

Chuck Zimmerman

I chose the Scenic Cycle Tour for my tour yesterday at the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation Conference. As a biker it sounded like a unique opportunity and it was. We had a beautiful sunny day and the farm visits were fantastic. I’ve got a lot of stories to share, most of which will need to wait until I get back …

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Support Young Agrarians

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s a group that you need to put on your radar. The Young Agrarians. I think you’ll hear more from them from my visit to Canada this week. But to get us started, Sara Dent spoke during our opening reception here at the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation Conference. She gave us an overview of this organization. Young Agrarians is a …

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Welcome to CFWF 2013

Chuck Zimmerman

Sharon Gaetz is the mayor of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. She welcomed the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation to Harrison Hot Springs last night. Sharon is the Chair of the Regional District. She says we’re going to love the area. From what I’ve seen so far I would have to agree. You can listen to Sharon’s welcome here: 2013 Canadian Farm …

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CFWF Check In

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello and welcome to the 2013 Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation Conference in Harrison Hot Springs. Yesterday was check in and if time allowed, take a dip in one of the hot springs pools outside or inside. This is a beautiful location on Harrison Lake. We got things started last night with a welcoming reception. Today it’s off on tours. I’ll …

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Canadian Farm Writers Federation Plan Conference

Jamie Johansen

Canadian Farm Writers Federation (CFWF) is currently in the planning stages for a conference for members this fall. The event will be held October 3-6, 2013 at the world-famous Harrison Hot Springs Resort. The Fraser Valley is one of the most densely cultivated areas in Canada. This compact region boasts the highest blueberry production in North America, Canada’s largest dairy …

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CFWF Farm Tour

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s some more information courtesy of Dan Danford, AdFarm, from the Canadian Farm Writer’s Federation conference. These are some pictures from Friday’s farm tour at the Canadian Farm Writer’s Federation Conference. Our first stop was Fanny Bay Oysters. They grow, process, market and distribute their own farmed shellfish. It was very interesting to learn how they actually seed the bay …

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