When farmers think about giving up the job

Laurie Ahrens, owner ofEdible Acres where it produces organic vegetables, says rising fuel prices, inflation and supply chain issues may, however, force it to raise the price of its produce.

She has already had to raise the price of salad cereals since the cost of seeds doubled.

It obviously costs us more to produce the food. Our tractors, tillers and everything else consume fuelshe explains.

Food actually costs more to produce on the farm, and then it costs us more to get it to market. »

A quote from Laurie Ahrens, farmer

Gasoline prices are breaking records across the province. In southern Ontario, regular unleaded gasoline was selling for almost $2.05 a liter as of Thursday.

All-round increases

Ms. Ahrens sells her produce at the Masonville Farmers’ Market in London, as well as two other public markets in Stratford. She also does some wholesale.

Everything increased […] We have to get out of it one way or another. Thinking only of packaging, we tried to move away from plastic, so now we use reusable containers, but they cost moreshe explains.

Tina Gokstorp, who also sells at the Masonville Farmers’ Market, says she has raised the prices of her produce and may continue to do so because of fuel prices and inflation.

Tina Gokstorp deplores the increase in prices for everything related to production.

Photo: Courtesy of Tina Gokstorp

She founded GF Farms in Ailsa Craig, 35 minutes northwest of London, two years ago. She raises poultry including ducks, chickens and produces eggs.

I price our chickens based on what they cost us, where we get our birds, where we feel comfortable buying them, where we we get our foodshe explains.

Gokstorp says she also considers where the poultry is processed, knowing she wants to do business with like-minded people.

Abandon farming?

Crispin Colvin fully understands the difficulties faced by farmers, especially small ones. He is the president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

If you are small, your overhead costs are relatively high and your returns are lower due to your sizehe says.

It’s an uphill battle. There’s no doubt about it […] My heart goes out to small farmers. »

A quote from Crispin Colvin, President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Laurie Ahrens, for her part, is reluctant to increase her prices because she wants her product to remain affordable. She further points out that if the price is out of reach, people will not buy the products.

The situation today is such that she is wondering about her professional future, even though she has been farming full-time for more than six years.

We [les agriculteurs] many of us believe that if nothing changes, we will abandon agricultureexplains Ms. Ahrens.

She adds that she knows this year will be another year of losses if farmers do not raise prices. Like last year we had a big lossshe says.

Based on information from CBC’s James Chaarani


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