Blake Brownridge, left, talks to local farmer Lyle McLaren while McLaren picks up feed from Brownridge at Ridgeline Agriservices east of Arcola, Sask. | Christalee Froese photo

Producer settles down after life on the road

On the Farm: Blake Brownridge spent 12 years harvesting other producers’ crops before deciding to start a farm of his own

ARCOLA, Sask. — Blake Brownridge didn’t have your typical start in farming. His entrance into seeding and harvesting his own land came at age 30, after 12 years of harvesting other people’s crops. The Arcola farmer began travelling on the custom-harvesting circuit when he was a teenager, spending every fall season in places like North […] Read more

Randy James checks one of his purebred Angus cows.  | Christalee Froese photo

Sask. cattle producers return to their roots

On the Farm: Randy James made the decision to leave the business for which he had so much passion but then found a way to come back

ARCOLA, Sask. — It all started with 4-H. At the age of eight, Randy James joined a local beef club. It was a fateful event that has taken him to cattle shows around the world. Growing up on a mixed farm with a commercial herd, it wasn’t a natural fit for the family to have […] Read more

Gaylene Kaip, left, and her daughter, Renae, at the Innovation Centre in Radville, Sask. | Christalee Froese photo

Sask. town gets innovative

RADVILLE, Sask. — It started with several local farmers and a school. It is now Innovation Centre and it features a regional library, a fitness centre, a yoga studio and a daycare, as well as business offices for a hairdresser, massage therapist and optometrist. This thriving hub of activity began to take shape eight years […] Read more

What started as a modest fundraiser has turned into a Christmas decoration extravaganza on Ian Moats’ acreage near McLean, Sask.  | Christalee Froese photo

Christmas light display brings cheer

A Saskatchewan man uses his annual winter wonderland to raise money for the mental health unit of a Regina hospital

MCLEAN, Sask. — The goal is simple. “I just want the lives of patients who stay in 1D (mental health unit) to be a little bit better,” says Ian Moats as he sits by a crackling outdoor fire on his expansive rural acreage surrounded by 55,000 Christmas lights. The 59-year-old contractor first decorated a single […] Read more

Jennifer and Shane Hunter have brought their acreage power bill to zero with the installation of two arrays of solar panels.  | Christalee Froese photo

Rural couple sells solar to prairie producers

Jennifer and Shane Hunter promote solar energy as good for the environment but also as beneficial for the bottom line

RADVILLE, Sask.—Southern Saskatchewan gets more than 2,300 hours of sunlight per year, and as far as Shane Hunter is concerned, that’s a valuable resource that is going to waste. The journeyman electrician established Meridian Solar and Electric Inc. with his wife, Jennifer, in 2016 to show business and farm owners that the power of sunlight […] Read more

Alex and Janet Galarneau at PHS near Radville, Sask. | Christalee Froese photo

Organic grain marketers flex global muscles

On the Farm: Prairie Heritage Seeds had humble prairie beginnings in 1981 and now sells its products around the world

RADVILLE, Sask. — They run their hands appreciatively along the fur of the buffalo hide given to them by one of their grain contractors. While their organic grain marketing business is known worldwide, and is an economic success with 80 growers and 24 employees, it isn’t necessarily about any of that. Prairie Heritage Seeds is […] Read more

Raelene and Russell Herold take a moment at the grave of their 16-year-old son, Adam Herold, who died April 6, 2018, in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. | Christalee Froese photo

Rural cemetery plays special role

Graveyard takes on extra significance for a Saskatchewan farm couple since the death of their son in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash

MONTMARTRE, Sask. — This sacred plot of land has always been revered by Arnold Bieber and his family. And now they have another family with whom to share their reverence, pride and tears. The Fairview Cemetery was created in 1906 by Brethren pioneers, who established homesteads in the area in 1903. Bieber’s grandparents were among […] Read more

Cain Quam speaks to riders at one of his horsemanship clinics.  |  Christalee Froese photo

Obstacles no match for horse training family

On the Farm: Broken ankle the latest setback for Roberta and Cain Quam, but they ‘would not trade it for anything’

KENDAL, Sask. — Obstacles have never stood in the way of success for the Quams and they’ve had their share of them. Challenges for the horse-training couple have come in the form of economic fluctuations in the horse industry, a devastating fire in 2009, their oldest daughter’s serious horse accident and now COVID-19, paired with […] Read more

Wendy Davis checks the dispensary at her Harmony Health Clinic in Windthorst, Sask.  |  Christalee Froese photo

Village hosts naturopathic practice

A naturopathic medicine practitioner who moved to southeastern Sask. three years ago says fatigue is a common ailment she treats

WINDTHORST, Sask. — Experienced naturopathic doctor Wendy Davis is providing southeastern Saskatchewan residents with a greater range of health-care options. The Ontario woman began practising in Carlyle, Sask., in 2017 and recently opened a new office in the small community of Windthorst. Her holistic approach is focused on finding the root cause of illness and […] Read more

Kevin Williams rides at the back of the pack while his outriders — Bruce Dunham, left, Herb King, Brian Ross and Ian Box — keep the 160 head of cattle together.  | Christalee Froese photo

Producer goes old school with cattle roundup

After years of moving his cattle by trailer in the fall, this year a Sask. rancher decides to do things the old-fashioned way

CANDIAC, Sask. — They could have hauled the cattle home by trailer. Or they could have used ATVs. But not these cowboys. These cowboys know that the best way to do it is the way it’s been done for centuries — on horseback. “Horses are more suited to chasing cattle than quads,” said Brian Ross, […] Read more