The Hurt family of Crossfield were named Master Farmers by the County of Rockyview. The entire family is involved in the 75 year old mixed operation: Wendy Hurt, left, Daryl, Nicole and Graham Ireland and baby Emery, Ron and Donna Hurt and Krystal and Brad Hurt. In front are MacKenzie Ireland and Abigail Hurt.  | Photo courtesy of Donna Hurt

Multi-generational farm looks to innovation

On the Farm: An Alberta family looks for ways to become more efficient so that they don’t have to become bigger

CROSSFIELD, Alta — Returning to the farm does not mean going back to the simple life. At the Hurt family farm at Crossfield, the next generation is transitioning into the 75-year-old business. Adopting new plans, doing more business analysis, handling the division of responsibility and learning new technology is all part of life on a […] Read more

Jackson, left, Katelyn, Laura and Clinton Monchuk are part of a modern family-run farming operation that produces eggs along with grain, oilseeds and pulse crops.   |  Monchuk family photo

Farm has high hopes for the next generation

On the Farm: The Monchuks turn their farm into a modern operation and hope to pass it on to their children

Maintaining strong family ties has always been an important consideration at the Monchuk family farm near Lanigan, Sask. So it brings a smile to Clinton Monchuk’s face when his son Jackson, 10, talks about carrying on the family tradition. “It kind of warms my heart because I remember sitting on my dad’s lap when I […] Read more

Dallas Vert and Natasha Popisil were named Alberta’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2019. They farm at Kirriemuir and have three children: Reese, seven, Tegan, three and Ryker, three months.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Alberta farm family finds a work-life balance

On the Farm: Dallas Vert and Natasha Popisil run three agricultural businesses but also find time for family vacations

KIRRIEMUIR, Alta. — Dallas Vert always knew he wanted to farm and his wife Natasha Popisil was willing to follow the dream. The couple, both 36, farm 11,000 acres at Kirriemuir in east-central Alberta and were named the province’s outstanding young farmers for 2019. Their neighbours, Craig and Jinelle Ference, were national winners last year […] Read more


Yuko Suda grows about 60 varieties of mostly Asian vegetables. She examines a Japanese eggplant which is smaller and more tender than the traditional varieties.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Engineering success with Asian vegetables

SURREY, B.C. — There are more people who want to farm than there is farmland available in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Yuko Suda considers herself to be one of the lucky ones because she was able to secure a five year lease on a patch of land at Surrey. Working with the B.C. […] Read more

A corn crop stands before one of the Schafer farm sites near Goodhue, Minnesota. The family also grows alfalfa and various cover crops.  | Barb Glen photo

Seven generations and still adding on

GOODHUE, Minnesota — Max Schafer was all smiles July 29. His son, Louis John Schafer, was born the day before to him and his spouse, Hollie Fehrman, marking the eighth generation of Schafers on this farm. The farm was established in 1886 and now comprises 850 acres that sustain a 2,200-sow hog operation and a […] Read more


Will Robbins never expected to return to the family farm, but when the opportunity presented itself, he said yes.  |  William DeKay photo

Son of farm activists finds his way home

On the Farm: Organic farming comes naturally to this producer, who works with parents Nettie Wiebe and Jim Robbins

LAURA, Sask. — Will Robbins’ head told him he would never farm. His heart knew better. Like the slow drip of a coffee machine, the idea of pursuing an agricultural livelihood percolated for years. “I didn’t think of it as a career or a project that was mine really at the time when I was […] Read more

Saskatchewan farmer Terry Youzwa and his son, Zak, have never shied away from public life. Zachary, a fourth generation farmer, is president of the local Kinsmen branch and serves as a councillor with the Rural Municipality of of Nipawin.  |  Brian Cross photo

Sask. farm welcomes back fourth generation

On the Farm: Terry Youzwa has sat on a variety of boards over the years and his son is following in his footsteps

Saskatchewan farmer Terry Youzwa has never been the type of person to sit on the sidelines and criticize. “If you’ve got something to contribute, stick up your hand and get involved,” says Youzwa, who grows cereals and oilseeds on a medium-sized farm near Nipawin, Sask. “There aren’t enough people willing to step up. We need […] Read more

Brett Schuyler checks new apples that are just starting to appear in the orchards.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Sheep and fruit work well on Ontario farm

On the Farm: The Schuylers raise sheep, maintains apple and cherry orchards and grows, corn, soybeans and wheat

SIMCOE, Ont. — When farmers are told they have a good story to tell, a prime example may be found at Simcoe, Ont. Schuyler Farms is a diversified livestock, crop and fruit farm owned by brothers Marshall and Drew and Marshall’s sons Brett and Ryan. They grow about 3,000 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat, […] Read more


Lester, Laura and Royce Lodoen focus on sheep these days on their farm near Fox Valley, Sask. | Karen Briere photo

Sask. farm family has history of innovation

On the Farm: Vestiges of innovation and experimentation can still be seen on the farm, which was founded in 1924

FOX VALLEY, Sask. — There are two constants at the Lodoen farm: change and innovation. Since Ben Lodoen homesteaded the land with his brother, establishing their farm in 1924 even before the nearby town of Fox Valley sprang up, there have been all types of enterprises on this land. Grain, horses, cows, pigs and chickens […] Read more

Seeding keeps Stephen, Adam and Derek Schraefel busy on the family farm south of Kerrobert, Sask. |  William DeKay photo

Organic-raised brothers take over family farm

An accident with farm chemicals prompted Clem and Chandra Schraefel to go organic when their sons were very young


The Schraefel brothers have never experienced conventional agriculture, which suits them just fine. The 20-something lads — Adam, Stephen and Derek — are taking hold of the reins of the 5,200 acre organic operation from parents Clem and Chandra Schraefel near Kerrobert, Sask. “They have never run a sprayer or had to put fertilizer in […] Read more