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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Wordless Wednesday: New Life on the Farm

Calving is in full swing on my family farm in southern Manitoba. My young farmer brother was kind enough to snap the following photos of some of our cute baby calves to share with you all. My family says that the unseasonably mild winter across the Prairies has made calving easier. I've always loved animals,... Continue Reading →

Bringing Attention to Food Freedom

Yesterday, February 12, was Food Freedom Day in Canada. Designated by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), Food Freedom Day marks the calendar date when the average Canadian will have earned enough income to pay his or her grocery bill for the entire year. For the past four years the date has fallen on February... Continue Reading →

Learning More Than Just How To Cook

During a family supper, my 12-year-old nephew pipes up and says he's taking a compulsory home ec class in school where he's learning how to cook. I tell him to pay attention in class because that knowledge will come in handy when he's older. After all, us girls like a man who can cook! But on... Continue Reading →

The Next Generation of Farmers

Several years ago, during college, I wrote a feature article for a class assignment on young farmers being a rare breed in Canada. This week I was reminded of that award-winning article (yes, I won a journalism award for it) when I read Christie Young's comments at a recent ag event. Young, the executive director... Continue Reading →

Giving thanks for food and farmers

Going around the table and having each person say what they were thankful for was a Thanksgiving tradition at my extended family gatherings growing up. As a child the answers usually were friends, family, toys and food, especially food. We were, after all, waiting to dig into a delicious spread that always included turkey and all the... Continue Reading →

Follow the field: Harvesting

What does it take to get that loaf of bread into your hands? Wheat grown by a farmer is ground into flour and used to make that bread. Rewind the process and you begin with a wheat seed. Wheat is the cornerstone of many of the world’s most basic foods. This spring I decided to... Continue Reading →

Bringing in the harvest: Canola

Canola is often referred to as western Canada's Cinderella crop because of its humble beginnings and fast climb to multi-billion dollar status. The oilseed is my favorite crop because of its bright yellow flowers. The countryside around my family farm is a sea of yellow during the summer. Here are some photos from our recent canola harvest.   We... Continue Reading →

Wordless Wednesday: Connecting farm and food

Last week I joined my fellow farm writers and communicators for the annual Manitoba Farm Writers and Broadcasters Association (MFWBA) tour. We visited the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment (NCLE) near Glenlea, Man. We went on a field tour where we learned about Whole-systems field-based research and the Watershed systems research program. This was followed... Continue Reading →

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