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Footnotes from the Field: Intergenerational Soil Stewardship

Intergenerational Soil Stewardship: Our Only Hope? Marjorie Harris BSc, IOIA V.O. P.Ag Soil, specifically topsoil, is the foundation of life on this earth. Earth is the only planet with healthy fertile soil on it that we know of yet, in the whole of the universe. Fertile soil is a little-understood mixture of biology and geology… Keep Reading

Holistic Management

Blain Hjertaas Holistic Management is a decision making system that helps us make better decisions. It teaches us to make decisions that are simultaneously sociologically, environmentally, and economically sound. The end result is happy people, healthy profits, and regenerating soils. Holistic Management emphasizes principles of regenerating the soil. Our modern industrial approach to agriculture has… Keep Reading

The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative

Cari Hartt Growing Prairie Grain The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative is a 4-year, $2.2M tri-provincial project dedicated to achieving resiliency and stability in the prairie organic sector by focusing on increasing the quantity and quality of organic grains, and developing relationships across organic market value chains. A partnership between Organic Alberta, SaskOrganics, and Manitoba Organic… Keep Reading

Horse Power

Naomi Martz Sometimes the best tool for a job isn’t a tool at all Despite what some may think, farming with horses is not always about wanting to go back to the “good old days”. For me, it comes from a pretty extensive list of things that are important to me as a young person… Keep Reading

Sweat Farming at Hope Farm Organics

Sweat Farming at Hope Farm Organics

Andrew J. Adams From Fossil Fuel to Sweat Power Sweat farming: an ideal low-carbon, low-stress, grease-less-hands, no-knuckle-bashing approach to organic farming. All of you know that the price of food is low relative to the costs of production (though some might argue this), and that is due to our fossil fuel addicted economy. Mechanization sought… Keep Reading

Red Fife Wheat at Woodgrain Farm

All is Grist for the Mill

Jonathan Knight The Story of WoodGrain Farm’s Hand Made Grain Mill I like good technology. I don’t mean my smart phone (I don’t have one) or the latest gene spliced varieties, but rather the tools and innovations that have evolved over decades or centuries of use to make life easier. Appropriate technologies reduce daily drudgery,… Keep Reading

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