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Froese: Tools to build trust on your farm

How much better would life on your farm be if trust wasn’t an issue?

Stephen Covey authored the great book The Speed of Trust. Imagine how much better life would be on your farm if trust was not an issue. When a farm founder trusts the next generation it’s a beautiful thing to behold. The spirit of generosity is fully empowered to help each generation find success in their […] Read more

Roasted vegetables — good for you and good for your dog

First We Eat: Home-cooked pet food can be a nutritious option to processed commercial food

Our golden retriever, Jake, is lying at my feet, waiting for me while I write. He won’t let the clock slip past 8 a.m. in mid-winter without getting up and nudging me. Sure enough, on the stroke of eight he’s beside me, his beautiful head in my lap, insisting we get moving. Time to get […] Read more


Froese: Tips to help you communicate

Research shows families who have regular business meetings are more profitable

It warms my coaching heart to sit in a workshop with a group of smart women in agriculture who truly want better communication on our farms. Some of these tips I’m sharing were generated by FCC’s Patti Durand, my friend and a great transition specialist at Connect Ag 2019. (Watch FCC Focus on Farm Transition […] Read more

Trying to learn patience? Make marmalade

First We Eat: The entire process will require varying degrees of this attribute but the final product is well worth it

My eldest son and I were out for lunch with my elderly mother yesterday, all of us slurping pho at my son’s favourite noodle joint. Mom is recently widowed. “Your father’s mind was like a laser,” she said, “and mine is set on real-time motion.” I glanced at my son with a sudden flash of […] Read more


A freezer is a must-have item on the Prairies

First We Eat: Keeping it well organized will mean there’s always something on hand for a meal idea

There’s no way to avoid having a freezer if you live on the Canadian Prairies, especially if you live rurally. Cooks who live in town have freezers too, but it’s not as urgent as it is for rural residents. Winter in particular makes a freezer an ironic necessity. (I have in some winters used my […] Read more

Feeding our elders

First We Eat: It’s important that seniors eat well and have supports in place to help with meals and groceries when needed

Last month an elderly friend called me, wondering if I could help him and his wife cope with food for a couple of weeks. They were living in assisted living after he’d had a stint in the hospital, but both were anxious to get back into their own home, a move scheduled for several weeks […] Read more


Apple pie for a snowy day

First We Eat: When it’s snowing and blowing outside it’s the perfect time to stay inside and bake

Another grey winter day, with the wind howling from the east and snow drifting across the yard and our long driveway, means we are snowbound. A snow day! Yay! What better thing to do but bake? An apple pie for instance. Apples are the fallback fruit of winter, and a pie is what all apples […] Read more

Society says that we ought to “retire” at 65, that 50 is the new 40... and on it goes.

Froese: Don’t let age be your cage

Pay attention to what decade of life you’re in and what needs to be addressed at that stage

Hopefully you are reading this in full sunlight with the heat of the sunbeams bathing your arms in warmth. #Harvest 2019 is but a memory, yet for some may be now #harvest2020! A podcast guest, a functional medical doctor says, “Don’t let age be your cage,” when folks complain about the aches and pains of […] Read more


Lead with love: Date nights on the farm

You may have to get creative to block off some time to be together

As the co-author of Farming’s In-Law Factor I spent a year of Tuesdays researching, interviewing and asking tough questions about marriage on the farm. There is precious little research on how to keep farm marriages strong. Young farmers tell me they don’t have time to read books. Spouses tell me they are longing for some […] Read more

Carrot and Coconut Cream Soup with Anise and Ginger (see recipe at bottom).

Shared birthday will always evoke memories

First We Eat: When my parents were stationed in France I was born on Dad’s birthday

I was born on my dad’s 22nd birthday while he and my mom lived in northeastern France. My dad was in the Royal Canadian Air Force, and at the time he was stationed at the fighter jet station called 2 Wing, near St. Avold. Mom and Dad waited for many months for Dad’s very junior […] Read more