Alberta farm family seeks a simpler way of life

Couple launches outdoor dining experience and runs farm and farrier business with focus on natural, slow pace

VIKING, Alta. — Passersby will be craning their necks to see what’s going on at Nature’s Green Acres Aug. 18 when 80 diners sit down to enjoy a five course, white linen dining experience in a cow pasture. Shannon and Danny Ruzicka provide the lion’s share of ingredients from their own farm with other items […] Read more

VIDEO: Success is in the details, says dairy farmer

Good herd management comes from a guiding set of principles and faith in hired workers, says Holstein producer

LYNDEN, Ont. —Travelling along a rural road near Lynden, Ont. recently, a writer looking for the Joe Loewith and Sons Holsteins farm stops at another farm looking for directions. He’s farther down the road, the woman said before volunteering: “Good farmer.” Indeed, sitting in a room with Ben Loewith, who runs the farm with his […] Read more

Memorable stock dog steers roper’s life in new direction

Stock dog trainer says it has been a ‘blessing to be able to do something that you love’ during 30-year career

MAPLE CREEK, Sask. — If dogs are a man’s best friend, then it’s safe to say that Dale Montgomery has spent the past 30 years or so surrounded by best friends. Montgomery and his wife, Dawn, have been breeding, raising and training stock dogs on their farm near Maple Creek since the mid-1980s. During that […] Read more

Family challenged by ag economics covet rural life

HAGUE, Sask. — The dream was to farm full time, but high rents, minimal returns and a farm accident intervened for the Harms family of Hague. Rodney started farming in 1998, eventually buying three quarters and renting 12, raising about 100 cattle and trucking. “I knew we couldn’t make it on three quarters so I […] Read more

Farmers eager to educate kids about agriculture

VULCAN, Alta. — Farmers are frequently told they need to reach out to their city cousins and show them where their food comes from. One southern Alberta family took up the challenge by opening up their operation to Calgary schoolchildren for three days in May. The idea was born in 2010 when Calgary teacher Natalie […] Read more

Bees key to fruit, honey farm success

U-pick fruit and vegetable gardens and award-winning on-farm meadery rely on a healthy bee population

CARON, Sask. — Vickie and Dennis Derksen feel a strong sense of responsibility toward their bees. Without them, their retirement project wouldn’t be the “cool and wonderful thing” that Vickie says it is. “It’s like having any kind of animal and you want to look after them properly,” she said. Adds Dennis: “We fell in […] Read more

From field to restaurant — ‘the pinnacle of production’

GLENLEA, Man. — There are three types of zucchini, five to six types of lettuce, arugula, multiple types of Swiss chard and four types of kale. As well, there are the regular Red River Valley crops of wheat, oats, canola, soybeans and corn.  And a feeder barn for hogs. Those are the basic commodities the […] Read more

Family farm is all about fostering lifestyle

BIGGAR, Sask. — Lisa and Mark Haynes think it’s important to their family to nurture a farm way of life and the values that go with it. “Growing up with a farming background, we wanted to be able to raise our children in a farming community with those farm values and work ethics,” said Lisa. […] Read more

Diverse Alberta farm focuses on consumer

BIG VALLEY, Alta. — When Cremona Primrose fills egg cartons for her city customers, she always adds a blue-green egg for a little variety. Those added touches are part of the direct marketing plan Cornel and Cremona Primrose have created for their farm near Big Valley in central Alberta. A commercial dairy is the mainstay […] Read more

Ranching and rodeo with focus on family

PINCHER CREEK, Alta. — Bobby and Kaycee Peters and their daughter, Eva, are embarking on “the unfinished business tour” this year. Bobby has set his sights on qualifying for the Canadian rodeo finals in bareback riding and is already on his way after winning that event at the Kananaskis Rodeo. Kaycee, a registered nurse now […] Read more