Rhubarb Pudding

It grows like a weed, but rhubarb makes for a great-tasting pudding

After a long winter we're always eager to see signs of spring

You may call them weeds, but to the pioneers, dandelions were dinner. After a long winter of root vegetables — progressively shrivelling and even running out — dandelions and other “weeds” were the first greens of spring. Mother Nature’s salad bar. Tender young dandelion leaves were collected by the pailful, as were lamb’s quarters, sorrel […] Read More

Working towards a bully-free farm culture

Author offers insight if your the target of bullying and what you can do about it

She came up to me quietly after my presentation, looking tired and sad. “Elaine I haven’t been off the farm in months, and I don’t know who is going to help us with seeding. I am 70 and I cannot take this anymore. My husband is very verbally abusive and won’t get help for his […] Read More

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Top ‘phrases’ for coaching farm families

The Elaine Froese (phrase) that pays

One snowy day at a beautiful ranch home in southern Alberta around the expansive kitchen table, the farm team said, “Elaine you should make a list of your top phrases that you use in coaching.” “OK,” I said, knowing that many of the best projects are started by attentive practical ranchers and farmers who call […] Read More

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Working with returning kids

Learn how to relate to the next generation when they come home to farm

In a high-energy keynote presentation at this year’s FarmTech conference in Edmonton Jason Dorsey, a U.S.-based expert on generational differences and the chief strategy officer of the Center for Generational Kinetics, briefed a packed conference hall on the sources of strife between parents and children in family businesses. His audience was ready to hear his […] Read More

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Raising livestock – naturally, and in a free-range setting

Couple wants their animals to be in environment that best suits their needs

Ranching is in Jeff Bovee’s blood. His great-grandfather was legendary large-scale rancher John Minor from the Abbey, Sask. area. And while Bovee is following in the footsteps of his ancestors, he’s seeking to do it in a radically different fashion. Jeff’s wife Sabrina is a registered dietitian so they are raising their livestock on a small scale […] Read More

Coping with stress

Whether it’s from calving season or exam time — here’s some tips

If there is one word that can strike terror into the hearts of people it is exams. Like any other stressful event in life, if a person takes some time for preparation they really aren’t all that bad. It is a matter of being able to meet the physical, mental and emotional challenge of the […] Read More

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Alcohol abuse on the farm

What needs to change in the addiction department on your farm in 2015?

How does one start to convey the sadness sown by a life of addiction? For transparency, let’s get a few things on the table before going too far. I grew up in a farm family where my parents worked very hard, long hours, and some would say were “workaholics.” My sister died at age 23 […] Read More

book entitled, Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens

Saskatchewan kitchens of the past

A review of Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens by Amy Jo Ehman

One year for Christmas, my grandma tucked under the tree one of my most memorable presents. Wrapped in a clear plastic bag — topped with a festive ribbon — was a pile of books. Well into her 80s and living with us, she gifted me with her cookbook collection. After all, she said, I had […] Read More

Mentors are in our lives for a time and a season; at some stage such a relationship should become one in which each person "co-mentors" the other.

Being a compassionate farm mentor

Things on our farm are changing again — an employee moving on. In Stephen Poulter’s book The Father Factor, he talks about the fathering style of a “compassionate mentor.” This is a great style for farm founders to embrace over the winter months as they train the next generation for success. Smart farm dads and […] Read More