Carson Ebeling, 14, drives a 1950 McCormick Super W6 tractor to seed barley from his 1929 John Deere steel wheel seed drill.  |  Maria Johnson photo

Teen takes different approach to farming

Alberta 14 year old is farming his own crops for a second year and getting it done with vintage equipment

LACOMBE, Alta. — When Carson Ebeling seeded his crops this spring, he started with barley before moving on to canola. It’s a very common scene on prairie farms, but what’s uncommon about this scenario is that Ebeling is just 14. This will be his second crop, which comprises 21 acres of barley on the family […] Read more

The Ebeling family, left to right: Murray, Esten, Candace, Harley, Grady and Carson.  | Maria Johnson photo

Alta. farm embraces unconventionality

The owner of a livestock trucking company says he technically doesn’t farm; he leaves that up to his kids

LACOMBE, Alta. — “Technically, I don’t farm,” says Murray Ebeling, who operates his livestock hauling business, Proudash Cattleliners Inc., from the family farm. Ebeling’s wife, Candace, is also an experienced livestock trucker, but driving has taken a back burner. Instead, her energies are devoted to their family of four teenaged children and the farm, which […] Read more

It’s never lonely on Chris Grab’s farm.  |  Maria Johnson photo

Goats make this Alberta farm a lively place

On the Farm: Chris Grab started with the Nigerian Dwarf breed in 1997 and later added registered Nubians to her flock

LEDUC, Alta. — Chris Grab enters her goat pen and is quickly surrounded by a welcoming committee of does and kids. The rambunctious Nigerian Dwarfs and larger, lop-eared Nubians rub and nudge for attention. They are personable, entertaining and friendly. Grab, who raises and sells the miniature breed as well as the larger Nubian goats […] Read more


Numerous upgrades have been made to the building over the years, including installing a furnace in the basement, enlarging and upgrading the floor space, adding power, a kitchen and front entrance, building a stage and dressing rooms and re-siding and re-shingling.  |  Maria Johnson photo

Rural school not allowed to fade away

LACOMBE, Alta. — On a winter’s day in January 1895 a petition was accepted for the formation of Lakeside School District No. 348. Plans and specifications for the rural school southeast of Lacombe were forwarded for approval to the Board of Education, which at the time was in Regina, Northwest Territories. It was a decade […] Read more

Three generations of the Rodenburg family include Jan-Willem, left, and his wife Jolanda, Axel, 1, Heather and Ben with Jazlyn, 3. | Maria Johnson photo

Alta. sheep farm anticipates room to grow

Producers feel there’s a huge demand and not enough supply, considering Canada produces only half of what it consumes

PONOKA, Alta. — It’s busy at East Valley Ranch — and loud. The collective“baa, baa, baa” of well over 1,000 sheep and lambs bleating together under one roof is surprisingly loud as ewes ensure their lambs stay close and lambs in turn want to feed or confirm the whereabouts of mom. Ben Rodenburg processes three-day-old […] Read more



The Zuidhof family: Jeffrey, left, Martin, Annette, Victor, Allison and Ashely. Missing is daughter Jessica. | Maria Johnson photo

Third generation continues legacy on Alta. farm

LACOMBE, Alta. — Zuidhof Feeders sprawls over the rise of a hill in the rolling parkland of central Alberta. Its towering feed mill can be seen for miles. Pens of feeder cattle are squared off over the hillside. Hundreds of bales are stacked in rows nearby. Adjacent to the farm site, cattle dot the landscape. […] Read more

Devastation was complete after a fire destroyed a goat barn on this Alberta farm Feb. 4.  |  Maria Johnson photo

Alberta farm loses 300 goats in barn fire

CLIVE, Alta. — Meindert and Johanna Dijkstra were nearing home around 10:30 p.m. Feb. 4 after being out for the evening. As the couple got closer to their farm, set in the hills a few kilometres southeast of Clive, they wondered at the orange glow in the night sky. Upon turning south at their range […] Read more


All main course meal items are sourced locally at least one day a month at the University of Alberta’s Augustana campus. On a day in late October, the cafeteria served spicy sausages from Irving’s Meats in Round Hill, Alta., baby potatoes from the Little Potatoes Co. in Edmonton and creamy dilled carrots from greenhouses in central Alberta.  |  Maria Johnson photo

College students treated to local fare

CAMROSE, Alta. — It’s lunch time at the cafeteria at the University of Alberta’s Augustana campus in Camrose. Students are lining up, chatting and laughing, awaiting their turn. The main course menu items today are spicy sausages, tender baby potatoes, and creamy dilled carrots, all locally sourced. A homemade bun rounds out the main course. […] Read more

Alf and Thelma Foster stand in front of their store sometime in the 1940s. They bought the store in 1939 and eventually added a Cockshutt farm equipment agency. They renovated the second floor living quarters and lived there during their time in Benalto. The Fosters sold the store in the mid 1940s.  |  
Jim Foster photo

Benalto’s ‘mini-mall’ provides gathering place

This Alta. general store comprises a convenience store, post office, ATB branch, hair salon and courier depot

BENALTO, Alta. — Some things about the traditions of a community general store never change. “We’re a meeting place, a gathering place,” says Karen Turner-Padley, referring to the Benalto General Store. She adds that some people jokingly refer to it as the mini-mall of Benalto, and for good reason. All together under one roof in […] Read more