The Williams have sold their alfalfa seed across Western Canada as shown on the map they are holding, while the leafcutter bee larvae stacked in the nesting blocks behind them are sold across North America. | Sean Pratt photo

Business downturn forced producers to think small

On the Farm: Couple found new way to market leafcutter bees after low prices hurt alfalfa seed industry and reduced demand for pollinators

Jed and Kathy Williams reached a crossroads with their alfalfa seed and leafcutter bee operation in 2017. The common seed market for alfalfa collapsed due to overproduction with prices plunging to 40 cents per pound compared to $2.20 a year earlier. The couple from Imperial, Sask., made the gut-wrenching decision to warehouse that year’s crop […] Read more

Gary Dixon combines with his antique Massey Harris. | Randy Vanderveen photo

Antiques help the hungry – photo essay

Photo essay | Volunteers using modern and antique combines harvested the 2021 wheat crop grown for the Bear Lake Growing Project west of Sexsmith, Alta. The crop harvested will be sold and the money donated to the Canadian Food Grains Bank. | Randy Vanderveen photos

Volunteers using modern and antique combines harvested the 2021 wheat crop grown for the Bear Lake Growing Project west of Sexsmith, Alta. The crop harvested will be sold and the money donated to the Canadian Food Grains Bank. | Randy Vanderveen photos

Greyhound bus service stopped in Canada in 2018, leaving few affordable, and in many cases no, options in Western Canada for inter-community and interprovincial travel.  | Reuters/Blair Gable photo

Funds earmarked for better rural transit

Inter-community transit fund creates new transportation options after Greyhound and STC strand rural passengers

A federal fund of $250 million is being seen as a first step in the creation of better transit services for everyone from rural communities and Indigenous people to farmers. The loss of inter-community bus service, including Greyhound Canada’s decision to pull out of the prairie provinces and British Columbia in 2018, “has been devastating […] Read more

Fieldstone Farm is operated by Rachel Basaldua LePoudre on her parents' farm near Davidson, Sask. More than 200 varieties of dahlias, other flowers and an apple orchard fill two acres of the yard. | Karen Briere photo

Stopping to smell and purchase the flowers

DAVIDSON, Sask. — Tucked in a corner of her parents’ farmyard between the house, a row of grain bins and a vegetable garden lies Rachel Basaldua LePoudre’s passion. Dahlias. More than 200 varieties in a wide range of colours and sizes are gloriously blooming on a September day. All of them are neatly labeled and […] Read more

Jake Bodart, left to right, Austin Johnson and Jessica Rendon of the Oregon Department of Agriculture look at the advanced telemetry system used for tracking Asian giant hornets while wearing hornet extraction suits, during a hornet field training day held by the Washington State Department of Agriculture Pest Program near Blaine, Washington last month. |    Reuters/Lindsey Wasson photo

Asian giant hornets threaten both sides of the border

A British Columbia producer is keeping a watchful eye on her beehives after the recent discovery of three nests of Asian giant hornets just across the border in the United States. Heather Higo said the nearest nest of the insects, which have gained international notoriety as “murder hornets,” was only about 500 metres from some […] Read more

Jill Mitchell, a project ambassador with Grow Hope Saskatchewan, holds the painting, “Feeding the World — One Grain at a Time” that was auctioned off during harvest at the 
charity’s project near Bruno, Sask. | Mennonite Central Committee photo

Charity puts donors on the ground

People sponsor an acre of land, which is then farmed by volunteers; Grow Hope Sask. uses proceeds to feed the hungry

Fundraisers for charities are common, but not in the way Grow Hope Saskatchewan does it — by allowing people to sponsor an acre of land where they will then grow and harvest a crop, and then donate the money to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. “I think the closer that we can get to the growing […] Read more

Pumpkins and apples arrive from the harvest at the same time. They make delicious and nutritious sweet and savoury recipes together. | Sarah Galvin photo

Apples and pumpkins are autumn’s kitchen companions

Two of my favourite foods from the fall harvest are pumpkins and apples so I was curious about how many ways I could combine them in recipes. My preference is to use sugar pumpkins because they are rich in flavour, slightly sweet and lower in water. A roasted sugar pumpkin yields a thick, rich pulp […] Read more

Extraverts are stimulated by the world around them. Introverts are captivated by thought swithin themselves. | Getty Images

Extraverts and introverts can learn to live with each other

Q: What is the difference between an extravert and an introvert? A: I would like to approach the distinction between extraversion and introversion by talking about energy. All of us have energy. Some of it is biological, the push you pick up from healthy nutrition, eight hours of sleep at night and daily walks down […] Read more