VIDEO: Farmer advocates for gay rights, rural lifestyle

STEINBACH, Man. — Farming, singing and travel. Those are Chris Plett’s favourite things. And being a farmer, a singer and an airline employee is how Chris automatically describes himself. But the warm, affable man is defined by many other people in many other ways, and that’s just a reality he accepts about his situation. “The […] Read more

VIDEO: Alberta family getting out of cattle

DONNELLY, Alta. — Frank Cote will miss his cattle once he sells the herd, but he finds solace in the change too. It maintains a long-held philosophy of moving in a direction that’s right for the family. For Cote, the sale means he can take it easier as he grows older. His feedlot isn’t large […] Read more

Couple grows farm, family on Gelbvieh operation

PARRY, Sask. — Trevor and Amber Burks aren’t ones to let the grass grow under their feet. They want to produce the best Gelbvieh cattle and they want to do it sooner rather than later. Trevor established Twisted T Gelbvieh in 2011 and by 2013, the year he and Amber married, they were showing champions. […] Read more

Challenges bring opportunities to Okanagan growers

OLIVER, B.C. — Access to a reliable labour force and ever increasing production costs have challenged British Columbia fruit growers in recent years, but a proliferation of wineries in the south Okanagan Valley has also presented opportunities. Heide Held operates Hillside Orchards U-Pick and Farm Market with her parents, Guenther and Mary, near Oliver. The […] Read more

Couple finds ways to remain on the farm

The Warwaruks raise chickens and gather eggs 
for sale and market their hand-woven items at farmers markets and trade shows

NEVIS, Alta. — Corwyn and Nancy Warwaruk may have one of the smaller farms in central Alberta but they are finding unique ways to make a living and raise their two young children. The Warwaruks’ hilly three-acre farm houses several dozen goats, 100 chickens, an alpaca, a horse, and Rosa, the dog. Corwyn and Nancy […] Read more

VIDEO: Three generations going strong in Peace region

RYCROFT, Alta. — Keegan Milkovich said he tries not to take what he has today for granted because he realizes his grandpa had it tough in the farm’s early days. “People say you worked hard, but you really didn’t because all you did was put a lot of hours in. There are so many stories […] Read more

Family uses free-range thinking to diversify

DELBURNE, Alta. — Klein Farm, situated in the rolling parkland of central Alberta, keeps its eggs in several baskets. The farm includes a free-range poultry operation numbering 300 turkeys and 2,000 chickens, a 20-acre orchard planted with rows of black currants, saskatoons and chokecherries, and 900-plus acres of commercial grain: wheat, malting barley and canola. […] Read more

Couple find farm life exciting

WINKLER, Man. — As they sit in the small office of a new assembly plant in an industrial district with their two eldest children playing with the furniture and their baby happily snoozing, the Penners seem the image of a composed and relaxed young couple. But Tim admits it often doesn’t feel that way on […] Read more

Maritime farmer all smiles when she’s milking

GOULDS, N.L. — There was never a doubt that Rebecca Williams would be the fourth generation to operate Forest Pond Farms Ltd. The dairy barn is her happy place. “I love it,” she said. “That’s simply it. I’ve never wanted to do anything else.” At 20 years old, she has a two-year dairy business management […] Read more