Janelle Herbert holds a strawberry plant in a basket in Riverbend Gardens’ greenhouse.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Market vegetable farm thrives in Alberta

On the Farm: Riverbend Gardens grows roughly 45 acres of vegetables with close access to urban consumers

Janelle and Aaron Herbert have what they call the perfect storm for growing vegetables in Alberta. Their farm, Riverbend Gardens, is situated in an agricultural zone within City of Edmonton limits, giving them close access to urban consumers who demand local products. They are also lower in altitude, right beside the North Saskatchewan River, allowing […] Read more

CTV News reported the woman is Jenny McQueen, a member of Direct Action Everywhere, which opposes animal agriculture and eating meat. | Screencap via YouTube/Direct Action Everywhere

Charges dropped against animal rights activist in Ontario

Livestock producers in Ontario are losing faith in Canada’s justice system. On May 1, the crown attorney’s office in London dropped charges against a woman who broke into a hog barn several times and stole piglets from the barn. The decision shocked farmers and producer groups in the province because the activist admitted she entered […] Read more

Katelyn and Chad Crest are the fifth generation to farm at Skycrest Holsteins near Athabasca, Alta. The brother and sister team have shown cattle successfully across the country and work with their parents to manage the farm and dairy.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Holstein farm extends to fifth generation

The Alberta farm had to be cleared of bush and rocks when it was homesteaded, and this clearing effort has never stopped

ATHABASCA, Alta. — Skycrest Holsteins is tucked away in north-central Alberta but has built a strong reputation across the country. The farm is owned by Rob and Sue Crest and their adult children, Chad and Katelyn, and they can sometimes be found showing their elite Holsteins in Alberta and as far away as the Royal […] Read more


Inappropriate hug needs to become learning moment

Q: When I drove to the city a few days ago to shop for a graduation present for my nephew, I ran into an old school friend in the jewelry store. I was excited. It has been years since I have seen her and that is sad. I miss her. We were very close friends […] Read more

Misko Farms seeding barley near Roblin, Manitoba May 6, 2019. | Robin Booker photo

Cooler air, soil temperatures slow seeding in Manitoba

WINNIPEG – With air and soil temperatures below average, spring planting across Manitoba has been generally slow so far, according to Manitoba Agriculture. Planting is expected to pick up as both temperatures improve. In the department’s second crop report of 2019, farmers in the southwest region of the province had planted approximately 10 to 15 […] Read more


CTV News reported the woman is Jenny McQueen, a member of Direct Action Everywhere, which opposes animal agriculture and eating meat. | Screencap via YouTube/Direct Action Everywhere

Charges dropped against animal rights activist

May 1 was a good day for animal rights activists in Canada. And a frightening day for livestock producers in the country. Ontario farm groups are frustrated with a decision to drop charges against an anti-meat campaigner who broke into a hog barn and took two animals from the barn. “(This) court decision negatively impacts […] Read more

Vietnamese-style fresh rolls are like a shrimp salad in a roll served with peanut sauce. Create some visual appeal with fresh herbs or fruit when placing the filling items on the softened transparent rice paper.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Fresh spring rolls one way to make eating light possible

For many people, spring, the season of new growth and renewal, is synonymous with fresh food and lighter, simpler meals. Spring rolls are one of those simplified foods. Originally from eastern and southeastern Asia, spring rolls have been enjoyed and adapted to western culture. The thin rice paper rolls are filled with raw vegetables, cold […] Read more

The Sunnyside Dairy farm near Martensville, Sask., has branched out and added a creamery to the operation. It took about one year to obtain a permit from the province to operate the creamery.  |  Sean Pratt photo

Dairy capitalizes on farm-fresh trend

On the Farm: A Saskatchewan couple allows customers to buy fresh milk from a vending machine on their farm

MARTENSVILLE, Sask. — Monday wasn’t the explosive product launch Bas Froese-Kooijenga was hoping for. A hose carrying milk from the dairy to the creamery burst mere hours before customers showed up at Sunnyside Dairy to sample farm-fresh milk from the farm’s newly installed vending machine. The windows on the dairy instantaneously turned white and so […] Read more


Choosing to laugh: a family’s approach to life

The author’s father made it his life’s mission to coax laughter out of his family — but sometimes it was best to wait awhile

One time my sister got two baby ducks and named them Harold and Louise after our parents. The next spring, an egg appeared in the duck pen. Being in about Grade 4, she reported this event for her “news of the day” at school. “I have two ducks named Harold and Louise,” she said, “and […] Read more

Alberta's annual highway cleanup is scheduled this Saturday, May 4, and the provincial government has asked drivers to use extra caution. | File photo

Alberta plans highway cleanup

Alberta’s annual highway cleanup is scheduled this Saturday, May 4, and the provincial government has asked drivers to use extra caution. Volunteer groups, among them 4-H clubs, scouts, girl guides, church groups and service clubs, all participate in the annual event as a way to raise funds while also removing litter. People will be cleaning […] Read more