GFM Network News


Froese: What’s possible when people are separating and don’t want to go to war

Froese: What’s possible when people are separating and don’t want to go to war

Couples who are amicable and consider the farm successors will have a different outcome than those who are bickering

The Great Pause continues to amplify cracks in the family dynamic which may lead to separation and divorce in farm families. In my coaching practice this year for the first time I am navigating transition planning at the same time the founders are leaving their marriage. I am also receiving calls for help from women […] Read more

Making the best of a tough tomato harvest

Making the best of a tough tomato harvest

First We Eat: This summer was disastrous for growing tomatoes as well as many other crops

War contributes to the transportation and appropriation of goods around the globe. For instance, tomatoes were among the plants and animals that ended up in Europe in the unequal exchange of goods, disease, slavery, land theft, and genocide between New World and Old, beginning in 1492 and culminating in1650, called the Columbian Exchange. This event […] Read more


Just a few of the tomatoes picked from my garden.

Making the best of a tough tomato harvest

First We Eat: This summer was disastrous for growing tomatoes as well as many other crops

War contributes to the transportation and appropriation of goods around the globe. For instance, tomatoes were among the plants and animals that ended up in Europe in the unequal exchange of goods, disease, slavery, land theft, and genocide between New World and Old, beginning in 1492 and culminating in1650, called the Columbian Exchange. This event […] Read more

Pain is there for a reason and it can actually be considered an ally if we are able to see it as a sense versus an attack to be made the victim of.

Do emotions and pain work together?

Fit to Farm: Like any other emotion, pain needs to be felt to be released so the healing process can begin

Regulating pain has a lot to do with regulating the nervous system’s response to its environment (or perceived environment). Throwing emotion into the mix will actually lead to fixating on the sensation of pain and ramping up the intensity of that sensation. Think of pain like another emotion. The more you think about it, the […] Read more


The emotional cost of being a “nasty Nancy or cruel Charlie” is immeasurable if you lose the relationship of your son or daughter and their children.

Froese: The emotional and financial cost of nastiness

The cost is immeasurable so challenge the nastiness rather than just accepting it

First of all, my apologies to any readers named “Nancy.” This is not really about you. I have coined the phrase “nasty Nancy” to describe anger-filled farm coaching clients. These are the folks who are extremely negative; they threaten to leave the room and the conversation often. They are really closed off to any awareness […] Read more

Commonly known as Cushion Spurge, you may want to add this garden showpiece to your landscape.

Research shows berries are good for your heart

Singing Gardener: Plus, don’t forget to get those evergreens ready for winter

What kind of a gardening season has 2021 been for you so far — and how do you feel about gardening this year? If you want to write to me and share a little or a lot about that, I’m a good listener and Grainews subscribers are great readers. Most often sharing is good medicine, […] Read more


Meal ideas for a hot summer

Meal ideas for a hot summer

First We Eat: Get your meal preparation done before the day heats up and think ‘cold suppers’

Like many rural residents, Dave and I live surrounded by trees and shrubs: the double windbreak planted by my grandfather in the 1940s — caraganas, Manitoba maple, and linden — with ornamental crabapples, lilacs, blue spruce, white paper birch, fruit trees, highbush cranberry, columnar aspens. I love our trees. In the tough climate we live […] Read more



Many issues in the spine stem from too much of the same movement or not enough movement in general.

Simple ways to keep the spine healthy

Fit to Farm: Spine health is important for overall quality of life so we must look after it

Spine problems like low back pain, sciatica, disc degeneration, shoulder and neck pain often sneak up on us seemingly out of nowhere, however, usually they are byproducts of chronic behaviours and patterns over the years. With this in mind there are a few simple things we can do routinely to support the spine, and everything […] Read more

When summer heats up what better way to cool down than eating ice cream

When summer heats up what better way to cool down than eating ice cream

First We Eat: Why not make your own? It’s really not that difficult and the varieties are endless

I love ice cream. I am not alone. In my immediate family, Dave and Mom perk up like hungry pups whenever we stop at our favourite ice-cream joint. A 2019 survey reveals that 25 per cent of Canadians eat ice cream two or three times a month, making us solid contributors to its global consumption, […] Read more