Tag Archives: farming

Rats and Alberta: a haiku

Be warned: the subject of this post is not suitable for all audiences.  I don’t know about you, but I have an instinctive aversion to rats.  Not the cute little white rats you find in labs and pet stores, but … Continue reading

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Big-business agriculture versus locavorism: a rebuttal to Margaret Wente

This past Saturday, in her Globe and Mail opinion piece entitled “Take the romance out of farming and ditch locavorism”, Margaret Wente’s usual logically formulated arguments failed her. I don’t often agree with her viewpoint, which seems to be constrained … Continue reading

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Lessons from raising pigs

During our time in the country, once we expanded our farm inventory to include animals, our menagerie – and annual home-grown supply of food – wouldn’t have been complete without a few pigs.  The spring during which our farm population … Continue reading

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The fable of the fox and the ducks

One year during our time on our farm, one of our neighbours acquired 4 white ducks. Whether for pets or meat I’m not sure.  They were kept in an enclosure behind the neighbour’s house, at the end of his driveway.  … Continue reading

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Small-scale farming – an African success story

In previous posts I have mentioned the enormous risks farmers accept when choosing farming as their livelihood.  In previous posts I have also discussed the reality that the family farm as we know it is becoming an endangered species.  While … Continue reading

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Lessons from raising horses

The title of this piece is somewhat inaccurate.  I don’t think we could say that we actually raised our horses.  We had a horse and she produced a baby horse. The mama definitely raised her colt; we just watched and … Continue reading

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Where did the family farms go? Does it matter?

When we were farming, over 30 years ago now, we were just hobby farmers.  We had day jobs; our farming exploits provided us with new adventures, new learning experiences, unbelievable food, and beautiful animals in our pastures and barns.  Of … Continue reading

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Lessons from raising cows

I have always loved cows.  I grew up far from any cows, but whenever my family had occasion to drive in rural areas – usually when visiting our grandparents and cousins in upstate New York – I loved seeing them … Continue reading

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