Liam Gauthier and Megz Reynolds hang out in the family’s vegetable garden with their children, Thea, 4, and Rynn, 2.  |  William DeKay photo

When mountain meets prairie: a farm is born

On the Farm Megz Reynolds and Liam Gauthier grow crops, raise cattle and run a custom operator business

WHITE BEAR, Sask. — How does a snowboarder and rafter fall for a farmer and prairie way of life? “I ended up at a friend’s surprise birthday party in White Bear at the bar in the middle of harvest and Liam was late coming to the party. He got there at like 10:30 at night […] Read more

It's hot and dry in southern Alberta, and the provincial agriculture department has imposed a ban on open fires on private land, the back country and non-designated camping sites due to the high fire hazard risk. | File photo

Alberta imposes fire ban

It’s hot and dry in southern Alberta, and the provincial agriculture department has imposed a ban on open fires on private land, the back country and non-designated camping sites due to the high fire hazard risk. The ban, effective today affects the Calgary Forest Area, which extends south of Highway 32 along the mountains and […] Read more

Aging well requires acceptance, preparation

Q: I am afraid that I am not doing well with this whole getting old thing. I see other people my age who appear to be happy and smiling and doing great but I am not. My days start and end with handfuls of pills, waiting for various doctor appointments and scheduling yet again more […] Read more


Alberta expands rural bus service

Two new routes will connect communities between Red Deer and Innisfail and Medicine Hat and Lethbridge

Alberta is expanding its rural bus pilot project following Greyhound’s decision to end all services on the Prairies. Two new bus lines, one connecting Medicine Hat to Lethbridge and the other connecting Red Deer to Innisfail, should be running by the end of this year, said Premier Rachel Notley during an announcement in Medicine Hat […] Read more

At least five swift foxes are now resident in southeastern Alberta, a species that was declared locally extinct within Canada in the 1930s. | Nature Conservancy of Canada photo

Swift foxes found in Alberta

At least five swift foxes are now resident in southeastern Alberta, a species that was declared locally extinct within Canada in the 1930s. Cameras erected on property managed by the Nature Conservancy of Canada photographed the foxes in an area south of Medicine Hat and about 50 kilometres west of the Saskatchewan border in late […] Read more


Life changes can cause difficulties in preadolescence

Q: We are no longer sure what to do with our daughter. Until recently, she has always been a great kid. But that is not always so now. This past couple of years, both in Grades 7 and 8, she has been moody, temperamental, not as co-operative as she once was and not nearly as […] Read more

Roger and Lana Groot and their four children — Lily, 8, Corbin, 6, Bryce, 4 and Brody, 1 — are part of a youthful demographic in an area where there are few farmers and even fewer young people.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Couple shows ranching’s younger side

The Groots had limited experience but a willingness to learn when they took over the family ranch in northern B.C.

TOPLEY, B.C. — Roger and Lana Groot became full-time ranchers in 2011 with limited experience but plenty of willingness to take over the family operation at Topley. Located on Highway 16 about 275 kilometres northwest of Prince George, Hatch Creek Ranch is a showplace with a newly renovated house, tidy landscaping and neat corrals. The […] Read more

Lloyd Ross is a perfectionist when it comes to his cattle.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Alberta purebred producers selling the herd

On the Farm The Rosses, who have raised cattle in the Peace for 36 years, got into Red Angus before they were popular

CLEARDALE, Alta. — Lloyd and Donna Ross head to one of their pastures to check on the cattle. The animals are doing well, though Lloyd can always spot something that’s not up to his standards, even if it’s only a minor flaw. He points to a cow that has a slightly uneven udder, but it’s […] Read more


The round popsicles are started with a layer of apple juice before blended strawberries and blended bananas are added. They are finished with blended strawberries. The rectangular popsicles are blended strawberries and then a blended kiwi layer.  | Leanne Deobald photo

Cool treats make it easier to enjoy hot summer days

On hot summer days a large quantity of liquid is needed to keep hydrated. Frozen treats are a fun way to add cool fluids. By making your own freezer treats you can control the amount of sugar they contain and the kids can have fun helping to make these cool mixtures that the whole family […] Read more

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Woman stayed with abusive husband for love of a farm

Frank and Sheila had been married almost 50 years when he died five years ago. Seated at her retro red chrome table, in her sunny farmhouse kitchen, Sheila, a vibrant 73-year-old, looked back on her life and her marriage with mixed feelings. The young couple bought their first farmland soon after their marriage. An acquaintance […] Read more