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#OurFoodHasAStory…what’s yours?

Oct 4, 2017

October is Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan, and friend and fellow rancHER Adrienne Ivey asked me to share my food story as a guest post on her blog VIEW FROM THE RANCH PORCH. Adrienne is sharing a variety of food stories from people across Saskatchewan as part of Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture’s #OurFoodHasAStory campaign. Head over to Adrienne’s blog to read



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What’s Up, Buttercup?

Apr 15, 2017

Pasque flower. Wind flower. Prairie anemone. Anemone patens. Does a crocus by any other name smell as sweet?

There is no rite of spring quite like the discovery of the first crocus. I’m sure at this moment sitting on many a table across southwest Saskatchewan, there are crocuses in teacups, tiny vases, or bowls. Excited children like to bring …



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Home/Work

Dec 14, 2016

Entering into the ranching business is not cheap. It takes work, planning, mostly lots of luck, and to be perfectly honest, capital. Without money, you can’t buy grass. Without grass, you can’t buy cows, and if you want to buy cows, guess what you need? For this reason, I have almost always worked off-farm in some capacity. Lucky for me, …



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Tree Hugger

Mar 30, 2016

My dad used to have a saying about the southwest Saskatchewan landscape – “there’s a girl behind every tree,” he would say. Evidently there aren’t many trees in our part of the Palliser Triangle and apparently back in the day, there weren’t many girls either. Not many trees, mind you, except for the rows upon rows of carefully planted shelterbelts …



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The Green Green Grass of Home

Jul 27, 2015

I love haying season. I love the smell of hay, the anticipation of walking up to a swath to see if it’s dry, and the sound of a baler whirring across a field, provided the sound is indeed a whir and not a clank. I suspect most ranchers love seeing hay bales dotting a field because they know that in …



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The Grass(land) is Always Greener

Jun 16, 2015

The third week in June is jointly proclaimed as Native Prairie Appreciation Week (NPAW) by the provincial Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Environment. Saskatchewan was once a sea of uncultivated wild grasslands, with needle grasses, wheatgrasses and hundreds of other plant species covering the landscape as far as the eye could see. For a variety of reasons far too …



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East or West

Dec 9, 2014

They say everyone deserves a day off now and again, a holiday or a getaway of sorts, to help rejuvenate and renew your soul, inspire your work, even make your work more productive and valuable upon your return. It’s a great theory, but one that’s not always easy to put into practise.

People these days seem pretty busy. There’s a …



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These Boots are Made for Walking

Oct 28, 2014

Ten years ago this summer I made a dear friend. We were hired as summer students, to hike around some of the most beautiful parts of southwest Saskatchewan and identify plants, measure shrubs, and assess habitat for a particular species at risk (SAR). This gal and I spent four months working and living together, and also depending on one another …



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Independence Day

Oct 14, 2014

Autumn is a bittersweet time of year. It’s wonderful to see the crops being harvested and watch the leaves change colour, but it also wistfully signals that summer is gone once again and we’re on the cusp of my not-so-favorite season.

Autumn is also incredibly busy. There are bales to haul in, cattle to move, pens to set up, cows …



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GPS or GP-No

Sep 9, 2014

Technology is a marvelous thing. In the last century, humans have been able to accomplish more, understand things better, and share and transmit information at an almost unfathomable pace. That’s good, right? Right???

I had a tech-savvy co-worker who employed a GPS to navigate his route on trips, apply herbicide to invasive plants, mark out pasture trails and important landmarks. …



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