The healing power of quilting

Quilting is therapeutic for Georgette Ehr, who suffers from fibromyalgia. She can pace herself with the craft and take the time to rest as required from a condition that contributes to chronic fatigue. “It’s something I can do that doesn’t expend a lot of energy,” said Ehr, who lives near Delisle, Sask. Her quilts will […] Read more

Wanda and Kevin Larsen stand near rodeo training apparatus in their farmyard in Manitoba’s Shell Valley.  |  Karen Morrison photo

Rodeo an integral part of life for entire family

INGLIS, Man. — The western lifestyle and cowboy culture epitomize the Larsen family of Shell Valley Ranch. “We never had quads; everything was done on horseback. The kids cut their teeth on horses,” said Kevin. His wife, Wanda, recalled their younger years in Hanna, Alta., when the Hand Hills community of ranchers would get together […] Read more

Cameron Dodds and Bea Janssens are preserving the historic buildings on their farm at Harding, Man.  | Karen Morrison photo

Producers enjoy hands-on approach

Couple upgrades heritage homestead while operating a mixed farm they hope will some day pass to the next generation

As ancestors pass, the barn still remains and remembers their calloused hands — excerpt from The Old Barn by Bea Janssens HARDING, Man. — They live in a 1900 house a stone’s throw from a 100-year-old barn on a farm homesteaded in 1881, and they have vacationed at Alberta’s historic Bar U Ranch. “We are […] Read more


Brandy Dvorak is set to become the Manitoba 4-H Council president at the group’s annual meeting in November. She stands by a park in Minitonas, Man., which received some TLC from her 4-Hers.  |  Karen Morrison photo

Introducing north to 4-Hers goal of new Man. president

MINITONAS, Man. — Introducing 4-Hers to northern Manitoba has long been a goal of incoming Manitoba 4-H Council president Brandy Dvorak. She recalled her own experience as a child in 4-H travelling to Churchill by train to whale watch and see the nickel mine, Prince of Wales Fort and Pisew Falls. “I’d like to expand […] Read more

Community cashes in on old bank

Fundraising events and volunteer labour turn heritage building into a hub for dance, arts and social events

HAMIOTA, Man. — In a Manitoba community known more for baseball than fine art, a repurposed 1903 bank building is making inroads. The Hamiota Heritage Arts Centre provides space for art displays, art and dance classes and live shows, the Hamiota and District Archives and a gift boutique. As the Baseball Capital of Manitoba, Hamiota […] Read more


Merle Coleman, 90, spent decades leading 4-H projects and training harness racehorses with her late husband, Ron, from their farm near Virden, Man. | Karen Morrison photo

Working with horses a family tradition

VIRDEN, Man. — Merle Coleman met her husband, Ron, by accident. The 90-year-old diminutive horsewoman and former nurse recalled him needing medical aid after getting hit in the face with a pulley. He recovered and went on to live a long life, passing away last year, while Merle gave up nursing at age 60 after […] Read more

Darrel Schaab, top, digs up garlic bulbils used for next year’s crop. The Garlic Garden at Yorkton, Sask., sells fresh garlic and also processes them into powder and granules. 
|  Karen Morrison photo

Sask. growers spice it up clove by clove

YORKTON, Sask. — The best advertising for the Garlic Garden comes from its customers. Darrel and Anna Schaab operate the five-acre plot of garlic near Yorkton, mainly for direct-to-consumer sales at weekly farmers markets in Saskatoon and Regina. Such sales eliminate the middleman and get them closer to end users, said Anna. For her, that’s […] Read more

Clint and Shannon Desjardins, pictured with their children, Alexa and Brooklyn, operate Cattle Drive Ranch Inc. at Laurier, Man.  |  Karen Morrison photo

Couple’s hard work a ‘labour of love’

Manitoba cattle producers striving to improve and expand herd, minimize workload and enjoy family life

LAURIER, Man. — Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmer nominees know the value of hard work. “Everything we have, we’ve worked for,” said Clint Desjardins, who operates Cattle Drive Ranch east of Riding Mountain national park with his wife, Shannon. “Clint is never happy unless he’s doing something. He needs to be busy,” said Shannon, citing how […] Read more


The original 1922 United Grain Growers elevator sign boasts a bright new look. | Karen Morrison photo

Prairie icon gets fresh new look

INGLIS, Man. — Stuart Breckon was suspended high above the prairie, painting an old elevator while his home in Houston, Texas, was being ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. Breckon, whose face and arms were splattered with white paint, was just one of many senior-aged volunteers who spent close to a week in August at the national […] Read more

Janel Fenton, left, Amy Newton and Kristal MacKay tend to gardens used to supply their Spade to Spoon Garden Market and Greenhouse near Irma, Alta. To reduce food waste and add value to their produce, they sell preserves, including seasonal flavours like pumpkin pie jam.  |  Karen Morrison photo

Produce a growing concern for Alberta trio

IRMA, Alta. — A perk of market gardening is the opportunity to work inside a warm sunny greenhouse on a brisk winter’s day. “It’s therapeutic,” said Amy Newton, who with fellow growers Kristal MacKay and Janel Fenton operate Spade to Spoon Garden Market and Greenhouse near Irma, Alta. As with most gardeners, growing started as […] Read more