Pulse Love: Summer Snapshots

July was a crazy busy month so I missed my monthly Pulse Love post. Therefore I've decided to combine July and August and keep it simple - I'm sharing a few pulse field shots I took during my travels this summer. If you've had the opportunity to take a road trip across the Canadian Prairies... Continue Reading →

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Pulse Love: Alberta Pulse Facts

Last month I shared some interesting Canadian pulse facts as part of my Pulse Love series for International Year of Pulses. This month, May, I'm sharing some facts about the Alberta pulse industry. And it's perfect timing as it's spring seeding across the Canadian Prairies which means pulse crops such as lentils, chickpeas and field... Continue Reading →

Protecting Our Crops

As someone who grew up on a conventional family farm that uses pesticides and someone who works in the crop protection business, it bothers me when people assume that farmers douse their crops with all kinds of chemicals just for the heck of it. This is simply not true. First of all, the term chemicals... Continue Reading →

Ultimate Foods Grown in Our Own Backyard

At a recent agricultural conference I decided to take in a session with speaker Mairlyn Smith. Some of you may recognize her name. Mairlyn is a professional home economist who makes regular appearances on CityLine and Breakfast Television in Canada. She peppers her healthy cooking talks with a side of comedy. Check out her website. During... Continue Reading →

I Scream for Ice Cream

I LOVE ice cream! I will almost always choose ice cream over all other dessert options. I'm not a big fan of cheesecake. I find it very heavy and feel full after a few bites. I'm not a fan of cakes with copious amounts of sweet icing on the top and edges. I don't mind... Continue Reading →

Wordless Wednesday: Straight from the Garden

This is just a handful of the produce my mom grows in her large garden. She also grows corn, lettuce, peas, tomatoes, watermelon, raspberries, rhubarb, apples and more. Do you have a garden? What do you enjoy growing? If you don't have a garden, what's your favourite fresh produce to enjoy in the summertime? Please... Continue Reading →

Agriculture: We’re In It For Life

This weekend I had the privilege of attending the 2012 Agriculture for Life Harvest Gala. I wanted to share a bit about the Ag for Life initiative and this annual event because it's a cause that is near and dear to me. The Ag for Life quest is to "deliver educational programming that serves to... Continue Reading →

9 billion by 2050

These numbers have been drilled into my head. They've been mentioned at every agriculture conference I have attended for the past few years. If you work in the ag industry you'll probably know what I'm referring to when I say these numbers. If not, I'll fill you in. The global population is expected to reach... Continue Reading →

Western Canada’s Other Oil Boom

There's an oil boom taking place across the Canadian Prairies but it's not what you think. A different kind of oil - an oilseed - is blooming throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. It's called canola. Canola is a western Canadian success story. The crop was bred at the University of Manitoba in the 1970s. This... Continue Reading →

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