For now, I'm a reporter with Niagara This Week focusing mainly on agriculture across the Niagara Peninsula in Canada. You can read my reporting here.
I've also paid the bills freelancing, mowing lawns, selling computers, refereeing, turning wrenches, being a rent-a-cop, working in a lab, driving forklifts, stamping metal, throwing garbage bags, sorting chicken innards, managing employees, and (unsuccessfully) dodging vomit.
I'm a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists and the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists.
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Niagara soybean yields a mixed bag, but rising market prices benefiting farmers
Nov. 2, 2020
If you’re driving through Niagara’s countryside this time of year, you’re likely to notice a plume of dust trailing behind a combine harvester as it crawls its way through a field of soybeans.
In his seventies, Don Smith still hops into the cab of a John Deere 9500 in the early morning and steers the harvester through rows of soybeans, sometimes well into the night.
Honey bees are 'shivering' through winter
Nov. 2, 2020
While it’s certainly true that some bees hibernate through the winter, the Carniolan honey bees inside Amanda Skelding’s hives will be a busy bunch.
Inside each one of the100 hives, located from Niagara Falls and out toward Fort Erie, there are between 30,000 and 40,000 “shivering” honey bees.
A nutty harvest
Oct. 24, 2020
It’s late August, when the hazelnuts begin raining into nets below, signalling an end to summer and the first cascading waves of harvest.
The falling of heartnuts follows, then Persian and black walnuts, and pecan and hickory soon after.
From vine to wine: Separating the good from the bad
Oct. 4, 2020
In recent years, Niagara’s wine grape harvest has seen a collision between tradition and technology in the field.
While some wine grapes are harvested by hand each fall, most will, quite literally, be rattled off the vine by towering machines.
On a quest, bringing health care to migrant farm workers
Sept. 18, 2020
Earlier this year, Jesslyn Froese and Moises Vasquez found it tough no longer visiting migrant workers for health checkups at Niagara’s farms, like they have been doing since 2015.
Froese is a registered nurse working for Quest Community Health Centre as an outreach nurse, and Vasquez is a Quest community health worker. Together, they visit migrant workers to provide primary medical care.
Ezra Avenue, Waterloo
March. 17, 2016
I documented the infamous Ezra Avenue on St. Patrick's Day in 2016, to better understand youth drinking culture and why the unsanctioned party has gained international notoriety and become a "right of passage" in the university city of Waterloo, Canada.