Suzanne, Cooper, Tyler and Scarlet Smyth on their farm near Cantuar, Sask. | Supplied photo

Farm family lives where they work — literally

On the Farm: The Smyths have set up their home in the operation’s shop/barn as a way to ease the costs of developing a new farmyard

What do you get when you cross a shop with a house? A “shouse,” of course. That’s the nickname Tyler and Suzanne Smyth have applied to their workplace and family home. The building is actually a pole shed they bought a few years ago, along with two quarters of land at Cantuar, Sask. The property […] Read more

Lisa Kitt in the family’s market garden. | Supplied photo

Alberta couple find an organic connection

On the Farm: Donovan and Lisa Kitt produce 90 percent of their own food and sell the surplus directly to customers

Donovan Kitt had to travel the world to find out what he really wanted was what he’d always had at home. “I matured and realized that there’s a lot more to life than money,” he says. “That’s not where you’re getting your happiness from.” As someone who grew up in rural northern Alberta about an […] Read more

Jenna, left, and Emma Davison make 12 varieties of cheese in their 7,000 sq. foot production facility in Maple Ridge, B.C.  | Supplied photo

Sisters crack competitive B.C. cheese market

On the Farm: High labour costs are a challenge when competing with imported product that is gaining prominence

When sisters Jenna and Emma Davison were first presented with the idea of running their own business, they looked at each other in dismay. Jenna, 22 at the time, liked to consider things before making a move. Emma, then 20, was a risk-taker, ready to act first and ask questions later. Somehow, the combination worked […] Read more

Wes, left, and Ian Froese, with baby Read, make up three generations of Froeses on the family farm near Boissevain, Man. Ian is gradually taking over the farm from his father.  | Supplied photo

Two families call one Manitoba farm home

On the Farm: Wes and Elaine Froeses’ ‘joy bond’ — their three grandchildren — live ‘59 steps away’ across the shelterbelt

Today when she looks out across the farmyard toward the grain elevator, all she can see is grey, rather than the usual sight of the rising sun. But that doesn’t ruin her “quiet time,” when she thinks over her farm succession plan coaching business before the day’s busyness envelopes her. “No matter how tough and […] Read more

A big part of Jocelyn Velestuk’s contribution to the farm involves staying connected with professional agronomy, applying her soil science knowledge at home, making connections through her board involvement, attending farm conferences and bringing home new knowledge about emerging trends in production, agricultural research, marketing and policy.  |  Photo courtesy Jocelyn Velestuk

Career change both challenging and rewarding

On the Farm: Beef and grain producers Jocelyn and Jesse Velestuk switched gears in 2016 and became full-time farmers

Saskatchewan grain and cattle producer Jocelyn Velestuk describes her first six years in farming as a whirlwind of activity. “It’s been a wild ride,” says Velestuk, who farms with her husband and his parents near Broadview, Sask. “There’s always lots going on. There are times when we’re going flat out and there are times when […] Read more

Chris Procyk and Paige Stewart on the farm with their sons, Ryder and Nigel. | Supplied photo

Young farmers get involved to shape policy

On the Farm: Paige Stewart is one of many younger prairie producers who are taking leadership roles in farm groups to help make a difference

Resolving conflicts is a useful skill in all aspects of life. Whether you’re a manager of a fast-food restaurant or a mother of two daughters that fight about toys, clothes and everything else, you’ll likely be in the middle of a dispute or three. Paige Stewart, who graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a […] Read more

Aaron  Spence inspects one of her T-shirts in her office at the farm near Outlook, Sask.  | Supplied photo

Sask. farm diversifies into clothing business

On the Farm: Aaron Spence’s Dirt Road Collective feeds her creative side while allowing her to help her husband at home

Aaron Spence has created a home business that encapsulates four of her passions — farming, Saskatchewan, hockey and lake life. Her Dirt Road Collective online apparel and accessories company features eye-catching artwork, symbols, statements and phrases covering those four themes. She likes the simplicity of her work, like a T-shirt with the handwritten initials SK […] Read more

Aaron Birch, left, and Joe Barnett established Twin View Livestock at Parkbeg, Sask., four years ago and have quickly risen to the top of the Gelbvieh show ranks.  |  Submitted photo

Success in the show ring seen as win for breed

On the Farm: Sask. couple started their Gelbvieh ranch only four years ago but have already made a name for themselves

In the four years since Twin View Livestock started appearing on purebred show lists, the Gelbvieh operation has established itself firmly in the championship category. Joe Barnett and Aaron Birch earned national titles, winning both the female and bull championships at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina in 2019, and world titles after the most recent […] Read more

Scott Letts does a visual check of udders and vulva to determine if a cow is close to calving. The close ones are held back in the calving area. | Les Dunford photo

Better weather this winter eases calving stress

On the Farm: The next generation receives hands-on experience as members carry on a family tradition of raising cattle

WESTLOCK, Alta. — Scott and Wendy Letts have their home farm on the original Letts family homestead northwest of Westlock, Alta., near the Pembina River. Family have been on this farm for more than 100 years, and cattle have been part of the farm all along. Scott and Wendy raise more than 200 head of […] Read more

Randy James checks one of his purebred Angus cows.  | Christalee Froese photo

Sask. cattle producers return to their roots

On the Farm: Randy James made the decision to leave the business for which he had so much passion but then found a way to come back

ARCOLA, Sask. — It all started with 4-H. At the age of eight, Randy James joined a local beef club. It was a fateful event that has taken him to cattle shows around the world. Growing up on a mixed farm with a commercial herd, it wasn’t a natural fit for the family to have […] Read more