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In early-September, the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corp. asked interested parties to submit letters of interest, to request financial support for a conservation project in the province. | Screencap via mhhc.mb.ca

Manitoba conservation projects receive funding

Conservation groups and non-profit organizations in Manitoba that want to improve wildlife habitat, reduce flooding or enhance soil health, can soon apply for hundreds of thousands in funding. In early-September, the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corp. asked interested parties to submit letters of interest, to request financial support for a conservation project in the province. MHHC […] Read more

Travelling to the United States was an exotic experience in the days before cable TV, cellphones and the internet. | Reuters/Shannon Stapleton photo

On the hunt for elusive Americans

For a farm kid growing up in Manitoba in the 1970s, every trip across the border was a chance to check out the mystery

I didn’t know what to expect. I was only 12 years old and had only vaguely heard of these so-called “Merikans.” In 1972, cable TV, cellphones and the internet did not exist. Did these people speak the same language? Might they have a sixth finger? Were they taller than Canadians? Who were these Americans? We […] Read more

The seasoning on the pork tenderloin can be spiced up when serving it with this cantaloupe salsa. | Sarah Galvin photo

Late summer garden bounty provides culinary inspiration

Find inspiration for autumn meals at the garden or farmers markets. Peak of the season is bountiful with tomatoes, squashes, pumpkins, corn, potatoes and even strawberries. Yes, late summer strawberries were at the market when I went recently. I made a jar of quick strawberry jam. And zucchini. Who doesn’t want a new way to […] Read more



Michele, left, Wayne, Brian and Ryan Slenders have coffee in the farm office at their mixed operation near Vauxhall, Alta. before heading out to the fields. | Alex McCuaig photo

Alberta family prepares for another harvest

On the Farm: Irrigation has allowed this mixed farming operation to be successful, but it makes slow times a rarity


It’s harvest season for the Slenders family, who run a mixed farming operation north of Vauxhall, Alta. But when you’re working a 13-quarter section farm with forage corn, wheat and alfalfa seed, not to mention a 300 cow-calf operation and feedlot, there aren’t many times they aren’t busy. “We’ve always been a mixed farming operation,” […] Read more



The end gate of this truck has what it will take to fix breakdowns in the field during harvest. | Beverley Biggeman photo

‘Last field’ always causes the most problems

Whether it’s rain or mechanical trouble, this field never fails to cause its fair share of headaches at harvest time

Why is it that Murphy’s Law is sure to be invoked when working on the last field of harvest? Our last field this year, which is also the furthest from home, is the perfect location for breakdowns, down time, and weather events. This year, other than one or two minor breakdowns, we sailed through the […] Read more

For the last seven years, Viterra has covered the cost of printing the calendars and sells thousands each year at its elevators and other facilities on the Prairies. | Screenshot via starscalendar.ca

New calendars kick off STARS fundraiser

STARS calendars are now available at Viterra grain elevators in Western Canada. For the last seven years, Viterra has covered the cost of printing the calendars and sells thousands each year at its elevators and other facilities on the Prairies. “Viterra and STARS have worked together since 2015, and through the strength of our continued […] Read more


Erin Moskalyk’s flock is made up of a variety of duck breeds, including acona, rowen and cayuga. | Mary MacArthur photo

Life is ducky on northern Alta. farm

Learning curve is steep as family searches for information about raising ducks while convincing consumers to switch eggs

FAIRVIEW, Alta. — Erin Moskalyk isn’t afraid to jump into the deep end with new farm projects. When she and her husband, Darren, got the opportunity to buy 200 ducks about to start laying eggs, they didn’t hesitate. “We had never had a bird in our life, but we thought this had potential,” said Erin […] Read more

The perfect jelly is clear, not cloudy, and firm but easily spreadable  on bread. This is jelly I made from muscadine grapes when I was  in Tennessee. They are naturally high in pectin and easily make a perfect jelly. | Sarah Galvin photo

Common canning problems have easily fixed solutions

Failures happen when it comes to food preservation. But you shouldn’t swear off canning if you experience a few failings. It happens to the best home canners. Troubleshooting makes you a more confident and successful home canner. Don’t give up. First and foremost choose reliable sources of information and recipes. Great-grandma’s recipe will need to […] Read more