GFM Network News

The perfect gift may be a heartfelt letter to a family member expressing your appreciation.

The gift of healing stories in agriculture

This gift will not cost you any money — only your time and attention

Pierrette believes as I do that positive feedback and pointing out good actions is important to creating a healthier culture in our farm teams. Pouzer and Koutes authored Encouraging the Heart of Your Business that echoes the same theme. As Christmas celebrations approach I’d like to challenge you to take a risk this year in […] Read more

Squash, Pear and Parsnip Soup with Maple Croutons.

When it’s too cold to go outside make soup instead

First We Eat: Some say this comfort food has the power to do everything from curing the sniffles to mending a broken heart

When my sweetie caught a cold recently, he asked me to stop in at our favourite Chinese restaurant and bring home some hot and sour soup. “Are you kidding me?” I said. “No way. I’ll make you some.” Next time you slurp some of this Szechuan soup at your fave joint, look at it closely. […] Read more


Losing brain function is a loss so there will be much grief to go through.

Froese: Dealing with the denial of dementia

This is very difficult for a spouse who sees decline and the partner won’t accept their loss of abilities

BDO’s Maggie Van Camp, leader of agricultural development, sees the key foreboding issue for agriculture as farm succession. She asks, “Who is going to farm in future generations… and how the heck are we going to transfer the management and ownership of those farms? Never before have the older generation lived this long; Never before […] Read more

Wondering if your pain could be related to stress? Try the steps below for seven days.

Can stress cause pain?

Fit to Farm: Whether it’s the stress of everyday living or an unexpected stressor there is usually an effect

I cannot count how many times a client has walked in my door telling me that they have aches and pains, and they’re SURE that it’s related to stress elsewhere in their lives. Often they say this in somewhat of a dismissive tone, acknowledging that stress is (sometimes) an unavoidable factor in life and that […] Read more


My Chili Cha Cha in a jar.

Preserving pickles and relishes

First We Eat: Making your own means personalized flavours from ingredients you can trust

Whenever one of my sons visits, he invariably rummages through the fridge, hunting for a jar of beet pickles or dills. When he finds it, he devours half of its contents. It’s been that way for years; I am the Condiment Queen. My pantry — and my sons — are full of preserves. They are […] Read more

Giving up the garden

First We Eat: After a lifetime of successful gardening Mom is now giving it up as it becomes difficult to manage

This spring, I stood in Mom’s backyard with a wheelbarrow and a shovel, digging out all the soil in her raised beds. “Take it all,” she said when I slowed down. “I’m done with it.” “Not even a potful of lettuces?” I asked, thinking of the preceding summer, when she’d grown more lettuces than she […] Read more


If you will no longer be farming full time you’ll have to make some decisions on how you will spend your time.

Froese: After this harvest what are you getting ready for?

What do you really want to do? How will you spend your time?

A weather-worn farmer has recently transferred a major part of the farm business to his millennial successor. He asks his spouse, “What are we going to do for the next 20 years?” She reflects with a hint of surprise in her voice, “What do you really want?” The Wall Street Journal published how retirees are […] Read more

Farmers have a culture of pushing through pain, but pain is generally not a beneficial thing to push through in terms of longevity in our health and performance.

Don’t just carry on if you’re experiencing pain

Fit to Farm: This can lead to burnout, injuries, illness, and lower stress tolerance

I see all sorts of complaints in the clinic, ranging from sore backs, tense shoulders, headaches, and acute injuries. When we’re going through a busy time, it’s important to keep in mind some simple tools to help prevent, and alleviate, the symptoms of busyness. Farmers have a culture of pushing through pain, but pain is […] Read more


Ted the Singing Gardener sang his “Manitoba Marathon Rally Song” and other tunes on Father’s Day, June 16, 2019 in Winnipeg.

Singing Gardener: Ted entertains at the Manitoba Marathon in Winnipeg

Plus, some weather lore to test out and some zucchini recipes to try

It’s good to toot your horn once in a while except in this case there are no bells, whistles or horns, although I do recall horns tooting the day I became a married man decades ago. This year’s yellow and green zucchinis in my half-acre garden are awesome. I’ve a second batch of zucchini youngsters […] Read more

Bill and Laurette Keen.

Metal artist influenced by nature

Bill Keen says sculptured trees are now his signature work

Bill Keen is an artist, sculptor and craftsman. The Moose Jaw-area resident has been creating one-of-a-kind metal wall hangings for 46 years, and each piece is unique, original and inspired by his love of nature. “Sculptured trees have become my signature work,” he says. “The elements of nature can affect the design of our surroundings. […] Read more