Dakota Odgers, left, and his father Jeff Odgers examine the fall rye cover crop that was emerging in the spring. In the background is the irrigation system the farm recently installed. | Robin Booker photo

Multiple generations work the Spy Hill farm

The intergenerational knowledge within a family farm is the bedrock upon which the farm is built. It’s also what makes each farm unique. This knowledge includes historical perspectives on the land, specialized know-how with specific equipment or livestock breeds, and on the Odgers farm near Spy Hill, Sask., hockey is a big part of the […] Read more

Pasture pigs are a major part of the farm operation at Cutter Ranch near Fort Steele, B.C., operated by Tyler McNaughton and Sacha Bentall, and their daughter, Bryn. Missing from the photo is their other daughter, Rylee.  |  Barb Glen photo

Award winning farmers guided by five goals

FORT STEELE, B.C. — Energy and enthusiasm for agriculture are in abundant supply at Cutter Ranch, owned and operated by Sacha Bentall and Tyler McNaughton. Their pasture-raised pork, lamb and beef operation, which they’ve developed over the past 10 years, required plenty of both attributes. Those same qualities also factored into earning them the 2018 […] Read more

Joan Heath and Corey Loessin from Radisson, Sask., feel obligated to give back to the agriculture sector by serving on boards of farm organizations.  |  Sean Pratt photo

Couple feels service work vital part of farming

On the Farm Joan Heath is a director with Cereals Canada and Corey Loessin is chair of Saskatchewan Pulse Growers

It is not nearly as rare as it used to be to find a woman on the board of directors of a farm organization. What is extremely unusual is to find a woman and her husband serving on separate boards at the same time. Joan Heath and Corey Loessin are doing just that. They have […] Read more


Jen and Brooks White, along with their children, Sawyer, left, 7, and Piper, 4, run a mixed farm with 600 head of bison and 5,000 acres of annual crops. | Submitted photo

Man. farmers embrace regenerative agriculture

On the Farm: The Whites grow a diverse rotation of crops, raise bison and aim to reduce inputs as much as possible

About three years ago Brooks White had an “aha” moment that changed his life, or at the very least, changed how he views farming. White was browsing on the internet when he came across a phrase that he hadn’t heard before: regenerative agriculture. Suddenly, everything made sense. “I saw that and (said), ‘that’s it, that’s […] Read more

The Lawes family — Kristie, left, Hunter, Blake and Jason — are raising and selling goats and Gelbvieh cattle on their family farm southwest of Dinsmore, Sask.  |  William DeKay photo

Sask. family not sheepish about raising goats

On the Farm: A flock of goats now complements the long-time cattle herd that had been a fixture on the Lawes operation


DINSMORE, Sask. — Kristie Lawes said she is not shy about trying new projects on the family farm, which gets her a glancing look from husband Jason. “Projects is exactly right,” Jason said, laughing because he knows his wife’s enterprising nature and love of animals. However, Kristie adds: “It’s good. It’s things that we do […] Read more


Sheep in the pasture on Larry and Liezel Kennedy’s farm near Shamrock, Sask.  |  Liezel Kennedy photo

Sask. family makes the switch from cattle to sheep

On the Farm Liezel and Larry Kennedy started by leasing a flock and then dived right in to the business in a big way

SHAMROCK, Sask. — Not everyone gets a trial run at farming, but Liezel and Larry Kennedy knew before they expanded from 60 to 600 sheep how things would likely go. They leased a flock that size, on their own farm, from a breeder who wanted to take a year-long sabbatical. “They had spent years developing […] Read more

Three generations of the Rodenburg family include Jan-Willem, left, and his wife Jolanda, Axel, 1, Heather and Ben with Jazlyn, 3. | Maria Johnson photo

Alta. sheep farm anticipates room to grow

Producers feel there’s a huge demand and not enough supply, considering Canada produces only half of what it consumes

PONOKA, Alta. — It’s busy at East Valley Ranch — and loud. The collective“baa, baa, baa” of well over 1,000 sheep and lambs bleating together under one roof is surprisingly loud as ewes ensure their lambs stay close and lambs in turn want to feed or confirm the whereabouts of mom. Ben Rodenburg processes three-day-old […] Read more

Brady, Jenny and Leena Vandersteen pose on an antique settee often used in Jenny’s photo shoots at the family’s ranch west of Pincher Creek, Alta.  |  Barb Glen photo

Young Alberta family returns to farm roots

On the Farm: Jenny and Andy Vandersteen met at a firebase and eventually worked their way back to the farm


BEAVER MINES, Alta. — A winding gravel road through the foothills west of Pincher Creek, Alta., brings visitors to a ranch where the scenery fosters two families, a 60-head cow-calf herd and a photography business. Jenny and Andy Vandersteen and their children Leena, 7, and Brady, 5, ranch with Jenny’s parents, Ron and Terry Watrin. […] Read more


Jinel and Craig Ference with their children, Macy, 3 Nate, 6 and Maddie, 8.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Farm puts down roots in two provinces

KIRRIEMUIR, Alta. — The circle of family, community and relationships embrace Craig and Jinel Ference. Recently named Alberta’s outstanding young farmers, the couple lives in the southeastern Alberta community of Kirriemuir near the Saskatchewan border. Becoming part of the young farmer alumni expands their community. “For us, it is a huge opportunity to meet different […] Read more

ABOVE: Dave and Krista McBain harvested their first commercial-scale garlic crop in 1996. Since then, they have expanded their business to become one of the largest garlic producers in the province.
BELOW: M & M Garlic at White Fox, Sask., offers 18 products that contain fresh Canadian garlic, including raw garlic, garlic powder, salsas, pickled carrots and pickled beans.  |  Brian Cross photo

Homegrown garlic venture follows unique path

When Saskatchewan grain and oilseed producers Dave and Krista McBain started looking for a specialty crop to supplement their farm income, they decided to head off the beaten path. The McBains pulled together 35 pounds of seed garlic and planted their first commercial-scale garlic crop in the spring of 1996. They harvested more than 100 […] Read more