5 | This Issue
Fine dining: Eat what you grow.
By Victoria Foote
8 | Earth Watch
Development pushes endangered caribou further north; garlic mustard pushes trees out; eco-tourism outfit pushes back.
15 | Profile
The Quiet Passion: With much patience and fortitude, Kathy Nihei of the Wild Bird Care Centre has nursed countless avian casualties back from the brink.
By Moira Farr
38 | Field Trip
Tree Spotting: A guide to Ontario’s rarest trees.
By Lorraine Johnson
44 | Inside Ontario Nature
Free workshops for landowners; Leading Edge conference; a generous donation for nature reserves.
46 | Last Word
The 3,000-Mile Salad: Southern Ontario contains some of the country’s richest soil. So why are we awash in imports?
By Linda Pim
On the cover
18 | The New Farm
Ontario’s agricultural landscape is shifting. Are big box greenhouses signaling the end of the traditional farm?
By Ray Ford
24 | Backyard Harvest
There are lots of great reasons why city farming is so popular: fresh produce, the conservation of soil, water and air. And you can’t beat the travel time.
By Allan Britnell
28 | Good Food Gone Bad
A new agricultural incentive may be key to saving wildlife habitat: paying farmers not to grow.
By D’Arcy Jenish
30 | A Different Kind of Crop
Food’s nutritional countdown.
By Sharon Oosthoek
34 | What Good is Nature?
Winners of Ontario Nature’s first writing contest for kids.
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