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A group of Grow Hope Saskatchewan supporters pose with Olympic gold medalist Cindy Klassen, fifth from left, at the Grow Hope Saskatchewan field just outside of Rosthern, Sask.  |  Jana Al-Sagheer photo

Food project connects city to country

The program allows people to sponsor an acre of farmland, which covers the cost of seed, fuel and other inputs

City folks have an opportunity to get in touch with their farmer sides by sponsoring an acre of farmland in Saskatchewan. Grow Hope Saskatchewan is a novel approach aimed at attracting more urban donations to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The project is a partnership between the Saskatoon Catholic Diocese, Mennonite Central Committee and the Canadian […] Read more

Tracey Burke and Brian Odgaard have been raising  grass fed and finished Dexter cattle for a decade and plan to continue to do so well into their retirement years. They market through word of mouth and on social media.  |  Maria Johnson photo

Alta. couple’s Dexter cattle feed people, pets

On the Farm: Tracey Burke and Brian Odgaard rent summer pasture and winter the herd on their 20-acre property

PINE LAKE, Alta. — When Tracey Burke says she doesn’t cheat on her cows, she’s referring to the fact that the only beef she eats is the 100 percent grass-raised, hormone-free Dexter beef that she and her husband Brian Odgaard raise at Ghost Pine Dexters. “And I don’t buy meat in grocery stores or order […] Read more

Attention deficit disorder diagnosis often too quick

Q: Late last spring our son’s Grade 2 teacher asked for a parent-teacher meeting between herself and my husband and I. The principal of the school was also there. According to our son’s teacher, our son has a hard time staying on task. He is easily distracted and often presents a disturbance to the other […] Read more

Sydney Hampshire takes a photo of a barn for her book project, Heritage Barns of Flagstaff: Volume 1.  |  Photo submitted by Sydney Hampshire

Barn book uncovers unique stories

Sydney Hampshire has spent the last two summers documenting the history of old barns in Alberta’s Flagstaff County

When Sydney Hampshire spots an old barn along the side of a highway, she doesn’t only see a relic of the past. She sees a story, an untold history. That’s why she’s made it her mission to document the buildings. She’s made a book, Heritage Barns of Flagstaff: Volume 1, dedicated to barns in Alberta’s […] Read more

Life is a bowl of cherries for the Johnson family of Luke, left, Abi, Jennifer, Dwayne, Caleb and Josh.  |  Maria Johnson photo

Little Cherries on the Prairie keep life in the pits

On the Farm: Becoming orchardists was natural move for family, who say it’s always been in their blood to grow fruit

BENTLEY, Alta. — Becoming an orchardist was natural for Jennifer Johnson. “It’s always been in my blood to grow fruit,” she says. Johnson recalls happy times picking crisp apples from the tree in the backyard on her parent’s grain farm at Carbon, Alta. And she fondly recalls a vacation in British Columbia where the whole […] Read more

Prescribed burns are part of a five-year research project conducted by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the University of Saskatchewan at the Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area.  |  Nature Conservancy of Canada photo

Controlled fires can prevent wildfires: research

Prescribed burns at a conservation site in Saskatchewan help researchers understand importance of fire on the prairie

Bone-dry conditions have put a damper on further research using fire at Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area in southwestern Saskatchewan. A prescribed burn this fall, organized by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and University of Saskatchewan, was cancelled. “We’re not considering a burn right now. It’s just not safe. It’s […] Read more

A Trailman crabapple tree is a bountiful producer of versatile tart, juicy apples.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Bountiful harvest can be put to delicious use

About 25 years ago, we planted three apple trees in our yard. Two were affected by fire blight, but the remaining tree has more than made up for their loss. The bountiful producer is a Trailman crabapple. It also has the advantage of receiving plenty of water from one of our eavestrough downspouts. The round […] Read more

LIVE BLOG: Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show

The 2018 edition of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show runs through September 13, and Western Producer reporters Michael Raine (@MikeJRaine) and Robin Booker (@CDNag) are on the ground in Woodstock, Ontario covering the event. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the show that will feature the latest ag equipment taking part in field demos, livestock […] Read more