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The Needle From the Stack

Progress in Reverse

I've never liked to back track, in anything. Hiking, driving, career plans, finance, I have always thought to go backward was to waste energy.  Over the last couple of years, once again, farming has been a wise and demanding teacher. It has taught me the value of retreat. 

Now I'm not talking r…

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State of the Farm Address

Some of you may have known the kids and I were away from the farm for most of the summer. While we were away our lone farmer was forced to deal with all manner of things gone wrong. So this is our state of the farm address to explain where we are at and where we are going. The weather, though grea…

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Baptism by Drought

It is unlikely one has never heard discussions of farming and drought. I've seen pictures of deserts in Africa, and dry fields in Saskatchewan. This year, however, put the idea of drought into a whole new perspective for me. Drought doesn't mean you have to work a little harder to produce a crop. Dr…

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An Inuit Inspired Philosophical Farming Moment

Here's my philosophical moment for the day. Though it doesn't come from a farm setting I think it is very relevant. I've been reading a book called "The Long Exile" by Melanie McGrath. It's set in a changing Inuit culture. In describing the culture and the changes brought about by contact with white…

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Crockpot Lamb Shanks

I had to use 4 shanks in total to feed our family of 6. I served it with a mix of roasted potatoes and carrots. We had just enough leftover for a lunch for tomorrow. The biggest problem with the recipe is what to do with all th…

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Easy Cranberry Chicken

This was a great way to use a whole chicken that we cut into pieces and just used all the pieces in the recipe.


1 chicken 3-4lbs

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

2 tbsp butter

1/2 c onion diced

1/2 diced celery

1 can whole berry cranberry sauce

1 cup bottles barbecue sauce


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Alberta Lamb Recipes

If you're looking for new ways to cook your lamb check out the Alberta Lamb website www.albertalamb.ca.


Our sows have become surprisingly enthusiastic when it comes to meal times. They actually break into a run to get from the building to the trough. I'm hoping this is a sign they were both bred by the boar and they have the pregnancy munchies. We'll have to get some more alfalfa hay in to them this w…

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A Long Telling of a Short Story About a Morning Walk

When you enter a forest with peace, you never know what she will show you. Miraculously I had no children for a few hours on Friday morning.  The two youngest successfully convinced their Dad to save them from just another morning home with Mom.   Driving into town for a load of lumber must be more …

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Farming and Church

I am not a church going person but I am not completely unfamiliar with what happens inside those sacred walls. The sights, sounds, and feelings of Catholic mass are etched into my childhood memory.  This spring, one of my goals, aside from keeping everything alive and where it is suppose to be, has …

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