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


Inge and Tim Meinen operate a 55-cow dairy farm in southeastern Manitoba.  |  Ed White photo

Family enjoys close interaction with animals

On the Farm: Couple moved from B.C. to Alberta to Manitoba, where they now live their dream on a dairy operation

LANDMARK, Man. — The Meinens have had to move between three provinces and three farms to arrive at this, their dream. But it’s all been worth it. “Going to the barn in the morning with two cups of coffee with me, despite whatever the weather is, and having that time with Tim in the barn […] Read more

Bernie Bystrom, left checks a canola field’s readiness for combining Sept. 12 with his sons, Doug and John.  |  Maria Johnson photo

Father and sons enjoy farming with each other

On the Farm: The Bystroms feel the pros of farming outweigh the cons and like the sense of freedom they get from it

SYLVAN LAKE, Alta. — Brothers John and Doug Bystrom have a standing coffee date most afternoons at 3:30 p.m. with their dad, Bernie, at his farm. The trio, partners in Bystrom Farms Ltd., discuss their crops and livestock, who’s doing what and where, and the daily goings-on in their neighbourhood, as well as the wider […] Read more


Alpacas at Kensington Prairie Farm are maintained for their fine fleece. All are registered animals.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

B.C. family raises alpacas for fibre and meat

On the Farm: The Huacaya alpacas share space on the farm with registered polled Herefords and a feed business

ALDERGROVE, B.C. — The quest for quality drives every operation at Kensington Prairie Farm. Owned by Catherine Simpson and her husband, Jim Dales, the picturesque property at Aldergrove, B.C., is home to 60 Huacaya alpacas, 35 registered polled Herefords and an agriculture services division that produces high quality hay and silage, as well as custom […] Read more

Katy Peck visits with the chickens on her farm near Charlie Lake, B.C.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Farm to expand with direct-to-consumer sales

On the Farm: Clay and Katy Peck use permaculture and regenerative practices on their small northern B.C. farm

CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. — Clay and Katy Peck will soon increase production on their small farm in northern British Columbia, providing nearby consumers with local meat and produce. The young couple moved to their farm, Canadian Acres, in Charlie Lake about six years ago, starting with 160 acres, 80 of which are for hay. They […] Read more

Marilyn and Dwaine Haughian, owners of Gunworth Kennels and Hunt Farm near Asquith, Sask., bought their 320 acre property in the late 1990s and have been hosting hunting groups for more than 20 years. They also raise and train Labrador Retrievers.  |  Brian Cross photo

Visitors to Sask. farm come for the pheasants

On the Farm: Dwaine and Marilyn Haughian release the birds on their property and then host hunters to spend the day

For the birds. That’s the answer you might get if you ask Dwaine and Marilyn Haughian why hunters love to spend time at Gunworth Kennels and Hunt Farm, a 320-acre grain farm and hunting preserve near Asquith, Sask. Gunworth Kennels is an upland bird hunting operation that offers commercial hunting excursions to groups or individuals. […] Read more


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