Sunday sight: Funky bee hives

Sunday sight: Funky bee hives
My soft spot for apiculture was obvious last weekend for the 2nd annual Randee’s Bees bee box painting at Headwaters Farm. A stunning spot with the warmest of hosts who also baked pizza for the guests who came hungry. The day was really about the bee hives though, that became works of art as families of ...

Sunday sight: Half moon

Sunday sight: Half moon
This picture was snapped through my telescope at our farm in northern Alberta last Sunday. Very little light pollution in our rural area.

Natural Cuba: 4 spots in Pinar del Río

Natural Cuba: 4 spots in Pinar del Río
It was T.J. English’s appearance on the Daily Show in 2008 that got me to read Havana Nocturne – How the Mob Owned Cuba then Lost it to the Revolution. The history – involving JFK, Frank Sinatra and guys like Meyer Lansky – was fascinating. Ever since then I’ve wanted to visit Havana. And so it happened a few ...

Bound together: Agriculture & cities

Bound together: Agriculture & cities
Some time ago I heard a grain farmer say, “I’ll grow the stuff, but I won’t eat it.” His comment was with reference to the way the agri-food system is controlled and how some of the grains we eat today are not the same grains grown even some 20 years ago. And the problem doesn’t ...

The internet of where you come from

Going home to a farm for Thanksgiving (especially if harvest is done) is probably one of those rare times that the actual experience lives up to farm life clichés. It’s quiet. A time to disconnect and enjoy one another’s company. As I’ve moved further and further away from our family farm, it’s an experience that is increasingly ...

5 things you may not know about farmers

5 things you may not know about farmers
Sometime after midnight on Friday, June 10, 1983 my life changed forever. My mom woke me up to go to the hospital. I was so tired that I asked her to wait until morning. She was in labour with my sister so it didn’t work. A few hours later, a baby came into the world. ...