INSIDE THE VILLAGE: Family farms, fresh food—and figure-four leglocks

Welcome back to Inside the Village, a one-of-a-kind podcast where all news is local—and no topic is off-limits.

On this week’s episode, we dive into an issue that impacts everyone in Ontario: vanishing farmland. According to new numbers released by the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), the province is losing 319 acres of farmland every day, or the equivalent of nine family farms per week.

Peggy Brekveld, OFA’s president, explains why this is happening (spoiler alert: it’s not just urban sprawl) and why we should care.

Also on the podcast: body slams in the back of a church. “Big Ben” Ortmanns, who operates a wrestling academy in Cambridge, talks about why he moved his ring to God’s house.

As Hulk Hogan used to say: “Say your prayers!”

Launched in April, Inside the Village is a news and current affairs podcast that provides a weekly window into some of the best local journalism from across Village Media’s chain of Ontario newsrooms. The program also explores bigger-picture issues that impact people all across the province.

Every episode is available on this news site /insidethevillage. If you prefer the audio version, it is available wherever you find your favourite podcasts.

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