Monday, 28 September 2015 09:18

Seeking a Dynamic Visionary

Have you reached the point in your career where you want to know you are really making a difference? Are you passionate about organic food and interested in helping Prairie farmers to be more successful on their farms? Have you honed your listening, coaching and problem-solving skills to a fine point, and would love to put them to use in a place where they will be appreciated and celebrated? We are looking for someone who loves to get people excited and working together for a common cause. Someone who is fanatical for schedules and budgets, but who can maintain a sense of humour no matter what level of chaos is going on around you. Someone who is smart, flexible, fun and creative. Is that you? Then we want to hear from you!

Seed Saving Workshop and Open Farm Day

If you've ever wondered about expanding your farm business to include the production and sale of your own seed crops, or are interested in saving your own fruit and vegetable seed to use next year, then the Seed Saving Workshop and Open Farm Day on Sept 12th hosted by Sand Springs Ranch in Lac La Biche was the place to be!

Thursday, 24 September 2015 09:51

Farm builds business from seed

The angular beauty of spinach leaves is on rampant display as Shane Woods, right, discusses crops in the Wildrose Heritage Seed Company garden with visitors on a Lethbridge tour Aug. 20.  |  Barb Glen photoShane Woods pockets every vegetable seed he finds as he walks through his three-acre garden.

Mid-August is too soon to harvest seeds from most of the vegetables, but the work is so labour intensive that he takes every opportunity to reduce his workload.

Shane and Tami Woods own and operate the Wildrose Heritage Seed Co., which grows many kinds of vegetables strictly for seed. They have three gardens, but the most prominent is on leased land along Highway 3 on the east side of Lethbridge.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today released a list of designated regions in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba where tax deferrals have been authorized for 2015.

The designation allows livestock producers in prescribed drought regions who are facing feed shortages to defer a portion of their 2015 sale proceeds of breeding livestock for one year in order to help replenish that stock in the following year. Proceeds from deferred sales are then included as part of the producer’s income in the next tax year, when those proceeds may be at least partially offset by the cost of replacing their breeding animals.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 20:39

There are lots of good reasons to go organic

Imagine farming in a world in which you could control your production costs, receive a premium for what you produce, and in which demand exceeds supply.

That might seem like the impossible dream, especially in a year such as this one, when it appears it doesn't matter what crop a farmer grows, there are few opportunities to do much better than break even -- despite assuming above-average yields.

Friday, 18 September 2015 22:18

Go organic: Healthy eating made easy

Ever wonder what exactly it means to "go organic" when it comes to food choices? While the term "organic" is often thrown around, in order for a food item to be labelled as such it must meet strict guidelines set up by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

According to the Dietitians of Canada website, "organic foods are produced without synthetic (man-made) fertilizers and pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics and genetically modified organisms (GMOs)."

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