Veronica and Brad Doenz raise purebred Angus and Herefords on their ranch near Warner, Alta., assisted by their sons, Branson, 4, shown here, and Jordy, 7, who was in school.  |  Barb Glen photo

Century ranch focuses on Herefords and Angus

On the Farm: Veronica and and Brad Doenz operate LCI Doenz Ranches and raise two sons in southern Alberta

WARNER, Alta. — Veronica Doenz wears a T-shirt that gives an immediate clue about her busy life. Chasing Cows and Kids, it reads. She and her husband, Brad, have two young sons and 300 cows so they both do a lot of each activity. Jordy, 7, is in Grade 2 at the Warner school and […] Read more

Farm employees at Ferme François Gosselin in Quebec pick strawberries in mid-October as harvest comes to a close. At its peak, the farm employs 125 employees.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Quebec fruit operation takes safety seriously

On the Farm: Ferme François Gosselin employs up to 125 employees, who harvest fresh strawberries and raspberries

ILE D’ORLEANS, Que. — Dozens of farm workers are picking strawberries as the leaves begin to change colour in Quebec. They are nearing the end of harvest here on Île d’Orléans, a small island outside Quebec City. It’s situated on the Saint Lawrence River and is blanketed with red, orange and yellow maple trees. The […] Read more

Gary, Susana and Ryker Porttin have created a winter wonderland at R Family Tree Farm.  | Maria Johnson photo

Tree farm in the business of growing memories

On the Farm: The family sold more than 225 Christmas trees last year and are also developing other attractions for visitors

SYLVAN LAKE, Alta. — The joy is in the hunt. Bundling up, tromping through glistening snow in crisp winter air, examining it from all angles, is all part of the quest for just the right tree. Then after “the one” is discovered, cut, and packed for the journey home, there’s additional outdoor excitement to prolong […] Read more

Polled Dorset sheep are one of three breeds raised on the Bieganski farm. The other two are Suffolks and Rideau Arcotts. | Robert Arnason photo

Accidental sheep producers have no regrets

ON THE FARM Raising three breeds of sheep allows the Bieganskis to lamb out of season and spread out their income

CARBERRY, Man. — Paw Patrol and Play-doh. For an average three-year-old, a cartoon about rescue dogs and a container of Play-doh is enough to keep them occupied. At least for 35 minutes, while mom sits down for tea with a visitor. Alayna Bieganski isn’t a typical three-year-old. During an early November visit to Alayna’s farm, […] Read more

Jake and Stephanie Leguee, shown here with sons Asher, 4, and Grayson, 1, say it’s important to build opportunities for future generations who might be interested in agricultural careers.  |  Leguee family photo

Sustainability top priority for Sask. family

On the Farm: The Leguees focus on sustainable production and developing long-term business relationships

FILLMORE, Sask. — Farming on the Canadian Prairies can be a risky business. That’s why effective risk management strategies are so important to farm manager Jake Leguee. Jake and his wife, Stephanie, are partners at Leguee Farms near Fillmore, Sask., about an hour’s drive southeast of Regina. The family has been farming in the Fillmore […] Read more

Cammy and James Lockwood, egg producers and vegetable growers near Cobble Hill, B.C., direct market eggs and produce at various markets and wholesale outlets on Vancouver Island. They are the 2019 outstanding young farmers for British Columbia.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Backyard flock operators spread their wings

On the Farm: A B.C. couple started out small, but they now have close to 5,000 layers and grow vegetables on two acres

COBBLE HILL, B.C. — James and Cammy Lockwood have their own way of doing things. Their business-like approach to environmental sustainability and animal welfare captured the notice of the Outstanding Young Farmer program, and they were named British Columbia’s 2019 representatives. Neither planned on farming, but life throws curve balls, bunts and home runs. For […] Read more

The Bishops have made their community and industry priorities in their farming lives.  |  Bishop family photo

Busy off the farm helping ag and community

On the Farm: Between conferences, meetings and local projects, the Bishops became award-winning farmers

BARONS, Alta. — Wide-open fields are visible in almost every direction from the Bishop family farm a few miles west of this southern Alberta village. And at a time when many prairie farmers are still struggling to harvest the last of their crops, David Bishop considered himself lucky to have only 20 acres of soybeans […] Read more

Brendon, Porter and Rustie Sobchuk, along with Great Dane Pete, enjoy life on their farm near Lang, Sask. | Karen Briere photo

Farmers move beyond the air waves and the rink

On the Farm: Rusti Dean worked in radio and TV while Brendon Sobchuk played hockey; now they’re helping operate the family farm

LANG, Sask. — Early risers in southern Saskatchewan might have listened to Rustie Dean on one of several radio stations, or watched her as the weather morning host on Regina’s Global television station. Earlier this year, she announced she was stepping away from her most recent radio show, putting an end to a 3 a.m. […] Read more

Members of the Witzaney family include Valerie Witzaney, left, with daughters Thea, 13, Emma, 9, and TaraLee, 11, and husband, David.  |  William DeKay photo

Family strives for healthier food

DENZIL, Sask. — The Witzaneys love to grow food for local customers. That’s the niche market they have moved into after starting New Life Organic Foods to market their homegrown produce, which includes beef, sheep, pork, poultry, eggs and milled grains. “We really found that connection to growing food for families when we actually started […] Read more

Mike, left, Cora, Lucas, Dawn and Emma Williams live on a busy life on their farm. Mike and Dawn have full time jobs and manage the operation around their schedules. The kids are bussed to a rural school just 10 minutes away — the same school Mike and his parents attended.  |  Maria Johnson photo

Alta. ranch operators keen on tackling new ventures

On the Farm: Besides full-time jobs, the Williams family raises Boer-cross goats, pigs and chickens and grows pumpkins for local customers

PONOKA, Alta. — Mike Williams had given up on his youthful dream of farming. The dairy where he grew up had been sold years earlier. He and his wife, Dawn, both had jobs in town and they were happy enough. “I was telling this to a friend,” says Mike. “Then he told me about a […] Read more