Great story about Ontario food and farming innovation in the St. Thomas Times-Journal on February 17:
One of Remi Van De Slyke’s favourite beers is produced by a small craft brewery in St. Thomas.
Not only does he enjoy the taste of Railway City Brewery’s Dead Elephant Ale, but it also happens to be made from the hops he grows on his farm near Straffordville.
Van De Slyke of Kinglake Farms Inc. got into the hops business more than a decade ago when his family was looking for alternatives to growing tobacco.
His efforts at building markets and helping other farmers start growing hops have just been recognized with a Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, and he credits the local food movement with helping spur interest in the crop.
This story was originally written for Farm & Food Care. To read more of their profiles of Ontario’s farmers, visit www.facesoffarming.ca