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Meet your farming neighbours: Vickie and Robbie Ripplinger

Vickie and Robbie Ripplinger are raising four girls on their family farm

Every farm has its own story. No two farms (or farmers) are exactly alike. Everyone got started in a different way, and every farm has a different combination of family and hired staff who make the decisions and keep things running. But, in general, even after you consider all of the details, Prairie farmers are […] Read more


Meet your farming neighbours: Mandy and Jason Manz

Mandy and Jason Manz live on a fifth-generation homestead north of Regina, Sask.

Every farm has its own story. No two farms (or farmers) are exactly alike. Everyone got started in a different way, and every farm has a different combination of family and hired staff who make the decisions and keep things running. But, in general, even after you consider all of the details, Prairie farmers are […] Read more



Meet your farming neighbours: Calvin and Andrea Kotylak

This is the story of Calvin and Andrea Kotylak, from Kendal, Sask.

Every farm has its own story. No two farms (or farmers) are exactly alike. Everyone got started in a different way, and every farm has a different combination of family and hired staff who make the decisions and keep things running. But, in general, even after you consider all of the details, Prairie farmers are […] Read more


Johnson Livestock — A true family business

Saskatchewan Angus operation is run by young couple, four daughters and his parents

Every bull and nearly every cow bought from Johnson Livestock is delivered in person to the customer. The personalized service is part of a two-pronged approach at this purebred Angus operation — old-fashioned customer service coupled with new-school dedication to keeping a finger on the pulse of the market. “We truly care about our cattle […] Read more



Roche Percee Trail Ride

Annual ride highlights diverse southeastern Saskatchewan landscape

The horses are rustling beneath a navy-blue sky as a meteor shower lights up the night. Whinnies echo across the park grounds as campfires are extinguished and the 75 campers retire to their tents and trailers. When the sun rises, so do the cowboys and cowgirls who are up early to feed, water and groom […] Read more


Preserving the past through photos

Retired administrator keeps memories alive

Brian Miller likes old farm sites. He’s not sure what possessed him to take hundreds of photos of abandoned and derelict farm sites over his 28-year career as a municipal administrator. What he does know for sure is that he’s thankful he has taken photos over the years because many buildings, from two-storey brick houses […] Read more



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All-natural meat producer ahead of the times

Pine View Farms beef, pork, poultry, lamb, specialty meats and eggs are prized by Saskatoon chefs

They were “all natural” before “all natural” was cool. Kevin and Melanie Boldt have been giving conscientious meat consumers locally and naturally raised meat options for almost two decades. The Osler, Saskatchewan farmers have made a conscious commitment to ethically raise pasture-grazed and vegetarian-fed animals in a stress-free environment that does not include the use […] Read more


Seabuckthorn berries — nutritious and tasty

Just ask Betty Forbes at Saskatoon’s Farmers’ Market

Have you ever tried seabuckthorn berries?” is the first question you will likely hear as you enter Saskatoon’s Farmers’ Market. Betty Forbes, who operates the first booth at the market, will then likely tell you that if you travelled to Saskatoon by vehicle, you’ve probably passed numerous seabuckthorn bushes without even knowing it. This bush […] Read more



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Solving the labour shortage

Southeast Saskatchewan farmer using connections in former home country

It was simple economics that brought German farmer Ole Michaelsen to Canada. But it is his connection with his homeland that has kept his Saskatchewan grain farm thriving. The former German dairy farmer has used his connections in his home country to attract workers to help him deal with a labour shortage that is plaguing […] Read more


Four men standing together in front of a hopper of grain.

What’s the secret?

What makes three farms operating as one such a success?

What’s the secret?’ is a question the Weichel family is often asked. With three generations and multiple families working together as a unit, everyone wants to know what the secret is to keeping three farms operating like one. For 85-year-old Mike Weichel and his wife Babe, 80, the secret lies in the history of the […] Read more