WP “NoCOZone” stories

There’s a great deal of news coverage of the current #COVID-19 pandemic. You won’t find any of that here.

For your enjoyment we’ve pulled together some of our favourite stories from past months and years that feature you, our readers. Stories of your life “on the farm.”

It’s our hope these stories will distract you, for a moment or two, from the the onslaught of pandemic news that seems to be the new normal these days.

We’ll add more stories here each weekday – we’ve got lots!

We hope you enjoy them. Please feel free to share. #InItTogether #NoCOZone


new stories will be added each weekday – last update – Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Sask. family not sheepish about raising goats – DINSMORE, Sask. – Kristie Lawes said she is not shy about trying new projects on the family farm, which gets her a glancing look from husband Jason.

Multi-generational farm looks to innovation – CROSSFIELD, Alta – Returning to the farm does not mean going back to the simple life.

The Hurt family of Crossfield were named Master Farmers by the County of Rockyview. The entire family is involved in the 75 year old mixed operation: Wendy Hurt, left, Daryl, Nicole and Graham Ireland and baby Emery, Ron and Donna Hurt and Krystal and Brad Hurt. In front are MacKenzie Ireland and Abigail Hurt.  | Photo courtesy of Donna Hurt

Pride in the past, hope for the future of family farm – TARBOLTON, Man. – Under the branches of a birch tree, which shaded out the harshness of the mid-day sun, Reed Wolfe sat at a glass table sipping lemonade and snacking on homemade Monterey jack cheese.

Preserving past for future generations – EDAM, Sask. – Glen Foulds takes in a sweeping million dollar view from the porch of his rustic wooden cabin high above the North Saskatchewan River.

Sometimes growth means thinking small – SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. – When Glenda Allan says the ranching side of her southwestern Saskatchewan family farm has become smaller, she means it in the most literal sense.

Sustainability essential as family farm expands – WILLOWBROOK, Sask. – Labour is the one thing the Prybylski family doesn’t have to worry about on their farm.

Running Creekridge Farms Ltd. is a family affair. Back row: Brooklynn, Samantha and Kristyn, daughters of Josh and Janelle Prybylski.
Front: Bill, Neil, Mark, Josh and Richard Prybylski. | Family photo

Northern Alta. farmer breaks fresh ground – FORT VERMILION, Alta. – Bill Boese is clearing 600 acres of bush to make way for new cropland, an exciting venture that highlights his optimism for the future.

Couple focuses on raising livestock the natural way – INDIAN HEAD, Sask. – Ranching is in Jeff Bovee’s blood.

Family uses free-range thinking to diversify – DELBURNE, Alta. – Klein Farm, situated in the rolling parkland of central Alberta, keeps its eggs in several baskets.

VIDEO: Three generations going strong in Peace region – RYCROFT, Alta. – Keegan Milkovich said he tries not to take what he has today for granted because he realizes his grandpa had it tough in the farm’s early days.

Hard work, co-operation build rural lifestyle – Cam Goff has been involved in farming for his entire life.

Bev and Cam Goff grow cereals and oilseeds on their dryland farm northeast of Hanley, Sask. Cam’s name is well-known to those who follow farm politics. Over the years, he served as a board member with various farm organizations, including the Canadian Wheat Board, the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission and the National Farmers Union. | Brian Cross photo

Prairie farm proves viability of apple orchards – If you’ve ever driven north of Saskatoon toward the rural community of Blaine Lake, Sask., then there’s a good chance you’ve driven past the small piece of paradise that Diana Fedosoff calls home.

Farm to expand with direct-to-consumer sales – CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – Clay and Katy Peck will soon increase production on their small farm in northern British Columbia, providing nearby consumers with local meat and produce.

Dairy capitalizes on farm-fresh trend – MARTENSVILLE, Sask. – Monday wasn’t the explosive product launch Bas Froese-Kooijenga was hoping for.

The Sunnyside Dairy farm near Martensville, Sask., has branched out and added a creamery to the operation. It took about one year to obtain a permit from the province to operate the creamery. | Sean Pratt photo

Father and sons enjoy farming with each other – SYLVAN LAKE, Alta. – Brothers John and Doug Bystrom have a standing coffee date most afternoons at 3:30 p.m. with their dad, Bernie, at his farm.

Family strives for healthier food – DENZIL, Sask. – The Witzaneys love to grow food for local customers.

Farmer convinced ‘this is the best place to be’ – RIMBEY, Alta. — “With the way things are right now, I’m glad I’m a farmer,” says Calvin Sargeant during a phone interview from his rural central Alberta home.

Jayden, left, Calvin, Louise, Jamin and Paige Sargeant farm 2,600 acres of rented and owned land and also raise horses and Simmental cross cows. | Sargeant family photo

Busy off the farm helping ag and community – BARONS, Alta. – Wide-open fields are visible in almost every direction from the Bishop family farm a few miles west of this southern Alberta village.

Backyard flock operators spread their wings – COBBLE HILL, B.C. – James and Cammy Lockwood have their own way of doing things.

Family takes on project for air ambulance – PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – Sometimes modern technology helps farmers grow bigger and better crops. And sometimes it helps to give them away.

Teamwork is key for Ont. cattle producers – GLENCOE, Ont. – There is strength in numbers and the Zwambag family has proven that since they got into the purebred Limousin business in 1989.

Alberta custom graziers aim to always evolve – BUSBY, Alta. — One of Amber and Steve Kenyon’s missions is to never stop learning.

B.C. cattle producers resettle in Saskatchewan – MORSE, Sask. – Trading the mountains of British Columbia for the rolling hills north of Morse, Sask., represented a huge opportunity for Erika and Cyle Stewart.

Stocking dugouts: selling fish to farmers – VANSCOY, Sask. – Collin and Rachel Keet worry about drought, even though their operation is literally swimming in water.

Early garden patch grows into vegetable farm – OUTLOOK, Sask. – Dan Erlandson remembers when he became a farmer.

Children inherit parents’ passion for livestock – PINCHER CREEK, Alta. – There are bears in the Clark living room. Each has attempted a break-in of the ranch house at one time or another so each has met its demise.

Grandfather-inspired chicken project thrives – CREELMAN, Sask.— It all started with a chicken coop built by Grandpa.

Love of a lifetime starts with a gift of farming – CANDIAC, Sask. — It all started with a birthday gift — a quarter of land. Danny Kotylak knew he’d be a farmer early in life. With his grandmother gifting him his first quarter section, one-half cultivated and one-half pasture, it was like destiny came calling.

Raven buys DOT with plans for expansion — Raven Industries is now the sole owner of DOT. Norbert Beaujot is taking in the big view from his farm in southern Saskatchewan and of the future of the autonomous farming platform. “As a family, we couldn’t take on putting DOT where it needed to be by ourselves,” said the founder and owner of SeedMaster farm equipment near Regina.


Mars’ loss is our Earth’s gain  —  When we think drones, we envision UAV fixed-wing or rotary flying devices. Well, there’s now a UAV rolling ball that’s equally comfortable travelling across land, water or the Martian countryside. Meet GuardBot, a spherical drone that doesn’t fly. It rolls across the surface of the Earth or across water gathering data using sensors, including those able to collect sub-surface soil data.


Outstanding young farmers focus on Holsteins – SPRUCE VIEW, Alta. — Farming at Benthemmer Holsteins is all about continuous improvement. Every year Roelof and Mary van Benthem make improvements to their dairy at Spruce View in central Alberta to make life better for their cows and ultimately for themselves.

Farm profitability improving through the use of older equipment – The average American farmer has $170,000 tied up in unused used equipment. These implements are too good to scrap and they’re left sitting around in farm yards, losing value every month.

Young bison producer has deep roots – MELVILLE, Sask. — There was no question what Payton Molnar would do once she finished high school. Growing up in a family of bison ranchers, her career path was likely set before she was born.

Diversification keeps family seeing rainbows – ARGYLE, Man. – During a winter in Manitoba’s Interlake, there are days when eye and ear protection is essential. Jan. 5 was one of those days.

Sheep and fruit work well on Ontario farm SIMCOE, Ont. – When farmers are told they have a good story to tell, a prime example may be found at Simcoe, Ont.

When mountain meets prairie: a farm is born – WHITE BEAR, Sask. – How does a snowboarder and rafter fall for a farmer and prairie way of life?

Cowboy mounted shooting relives Wild West – BLACKFALDS, Alta. – The romance and folklore of the Wild West fascinated Niels Lausten when he was a farm boy growing up in Denmark.

Alberta family keeps cattle, business flowing – Windows in the second-floor office at KCL Cattle Company provide a good view of the 9,000-head feedlot north of Lethbridge.

Vegetables, sheep drive Vancouver Island farm – SAANICHTON, B.C. – Silverwood Farm is a serene place hidden in a grove of trees beside the busy urban community of Saanichton.

Aussie farmer jumped on Sask. opportunity – WARMAN, Sask. – You can never be exactly sure what life has in store for you.

Return to family farm life-changing experience – For Lesley Kelly, the decision to leave a stable job in Alberta’s financial sector and return to Saskatchewan to pursue a career in farming wasn’t easy.

Farm has high hopes for the next generation – Maintaining strong family ties has always been an important consideration at the Monchuk family farm near Lanigan, Sask.

Choosing a rural lifestyle, for the family’s sake – SPRUCE VIEW, Alta. – Stephen and Nicole Poburan have made a deliberate decision to raise their family on the farm so that they can give their two young sons, Hayes, 5, and Kett, 19 months, a lifestyle the city just can’t provide.

Sustainability top priority for Sask. family – FILLMORE, Sask. – Farming on the Canadian Prairies can be a risky business.

Sask. couple share a passion for livestock – INDIAN HEAD, Sask. – Ryan and Ashley Kattler could probably best be described as go-getters.

Sask. farmer happy that flood years in past – Slowly but surely, Saskatchewan farmer Jason Basset is reclaiming the farmland that he lost during “the wet years.”

Man. family survived tough times – HOLLAND, Man. – The national men’s curling championship was held in Brandon last week.

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