When you buy eggs at a farmers market, where did they come from? Yes, they came from a chicken, but as Tom Manley of Homestead Organic explains in this video, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Farmers need seeds if they're going to grow anything and need feed if they're producing meat products. That's where Tom enters the picture. Tom buys seeds from seed farmers which he cleans, bags, and sells to crop farmers after carrying out quality control. Tom also uses grain crops from other farmers, including corn, barley, and oats, which he mixes, mashes, processes, and fortifies with vitamins and minerals to create feed for livestock, who in turn produce eggs, milk, and meat.
In this video, in addition to Tom, you'll meet the seed farmer who sells to Tom and the poultry farmer who buys three tons of feed for his hens from Tom. They're all part of a long and complex chain of local operations that culminates in the delicious meat or produce that we buy at our local market.
- "Well-known agri-businessman, Tom Manley, had a wide smile while talking about Alfred College's near future.", in the Standard Freeholder on August 29th 2014. The University of Guelph recently announced that it will cease educational and research activities at Alfred and Kemptville Campuses in 2015. I am the president of the Community Council at Alfred College. I am very busy working with the community, U of Guelph and OMAF to find long term solutions. Eastern Ontario AgriNews reported this story. The Organic Council of Ontario, where I am a board member, issued this media advisory.
- The AgriNews reported that Plowing Matches are a deeply rooted Manley Tradition. My grandfather Peter coached me many times as a youth in local plowing matches.
- I helped the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Cornwall and District win big at their annual Bowl for Kid's Sake fundraiser.
- I was honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the Organic Council of Ontario.
- Tom, Murray, and Yannick Manley are keynote speakers at the 30th annual Guelph organic agriculture conference on January 27th-30th 2011.
- Tom and Isabelle host a local food event at their house.
- Manley takes the reins of Alfred Campus advisory committee.
- Tom Manley est le nouveau président au Conseil communautaire du Campus d’Alfred de l’Université de Guelph.
- I was recognized with the Tri-Valley Conservation Award in October 2008.
- Ecological Farming in Ontario - A Cover Story about Tom Manley and Homestead Organics.
- Homestead Organics: Entreprise agroalimentaire de chez nous, "Journal Agricom".
- Homestead Organics, an ethical business featured in Canadian Organic Grower.