Healing grows along with vegetables

Healing grows along with vegetables

Market garden offers Yazidi families who have resettled in Winnipeg an opportunity to plant and harvest their own crops

Onions, potatoes, garlic, pumpkins, squash, beans, peas, carrots and other vegetables were planted in mid-May on a nine-acre plot of land next to the Assiniboine River in St. Francois Xavier, Man. It marks the start of the third growing season at the Healing Farm Project. The Healing Farm Project’s mandate is providing food security for […] Read more

Aurora Farm founder and owner Louise May visits with riders at the farm. | Andrea Geary photo

Manitoba farm moves to the inner city

Woman works to bring agriculture to a part of Winnipeg where residents have few opportunities to grow their own food

Louise May, owner of Aurora Farm, looks forward to helping Winnipeg’s inner city residents learn how to plant, nurture and harvest produce, and to possibly get acquainted with a goat or alpaca. The inner-city area of Winnipeg can be described as a concrete jungle and a food desert, having virtually no opportunities for most residents […] Read more

Marcus Wiebe made his first large batch of cider in 2018.  |  Dead Horse Cider Co. photo

Prairie cidery focuses on Manitoba apples

Some of the varieties used by the business were developed years ago at Agriculture Canada’s research station in Morden

Manitoba’s climate isn’t as apple-friendly as Canada’s main apple growing areas, but a surprising number of varieties manage to thrive here. “The main varieties are Goodland, Norland, Winter Cheeks, Red Sparkle, Fall Red and Norkent,” Marcus Wiebe, owner of Dead Horse Cider Co., said. He added that some of these varieties were developed years ago […] Read more


Jodi Friesen, right, and her daughter-in-law, Victoria, in the garden at Miss Millie’s Flower Farm near Poplar Point, Man.  |  Andrea Geary photo

Producer starts a flower farm

Jodi Friesen and her daughter-in-law, Victoria, are turning a half acre of fertile land close to the Assiniboine River into a floral paradise featuring more than 150 flower varieties. Friesen opened Miss Millie’s Flower Farm near Poplar Point, Man., last summer. Since then, she’s added a greater variety of perennials and annuals planted in rows […] Read more

Josh, left, Bohdan, Anna and Luke hang out with some of their sheep.

Manitoba yarn business starts with the sheep

On the Farm: Anna Hunter and Luke Palka moved to the country so they didn’t have to raise their children in the city

Anna Hunter admits that she and husband Luke Palka were novices in agriculture when they bought their 140-acre property in Ste. Genevieve, Man., five years ago. Located near the edge of Manitoba’s boreal plains, the land is a diverse mix of poplar, spruce and pine trees, open pastureland and wetland containing a creek. A variety […] Read more


Letters captured in landscape

WINNIPEG – Take a good look at the next telephone pole you pass. Does it look like a giant letter T? Or does that forked tree resemble a Y? Photographer David Matthews sees upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet everywhere he goes. “I keep my eyes open and have my camera with me at […] Read more

Agriculture Notes

Simmental president Miles Glasman of Russell, Man., is settling into his job as president of the 2,400-member, Calgary-based Canadian Simmental Association. He was selected at the group’s 28th annual meeting in November. Glasman, who had been first vice-president, replaces Michael Burns of King City, Ont. Other executive board changes include Ken Lewis of Spruce Grove, […] Read more

Ag committee wants to go west

The House of Commons likely will launch debate of government proposals for Canadian Wheat Board reforms in early March, government leaders indicated last week. Government house leader Herb Gray said the proposals to change the wheat board will be a priority when the House of Commons meets in early March. Shortly after that, the Commons […] Read more


Group creates alternate budget

A coalition of social activists which prepares an annual ‘alternative federal budget” would like to see Ottawa spend more money on agriculture. In the face of a real federal budget this week, the coalition last week issued its proposals to argue that there is an alternative to Liberal government spending cuts. The Canadian Centre for […] Read more