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Takota Coen (pictured) and parents Michael and Laura have been honoured for their creating pollinator habitats on their farm near Ferintosh.

Alberta farm receives national pollinator award

Grass Roots Family Farm near Ferintosh has diversified into agroforestry

Grass Roots Family Farm is the 2014 recipient of the Canadian Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award, which recognizes the contributions farmers make towards protecting pollinators and pollinator habitats. The 250-acre farm near Ferintosh, south of Camrose, is operated by Michael, Laura and Takota Coen. The Coens have been practising sustainable farming since the late 1980s, with son […] Read more

Farmers’ Biodiversity Efiorts Merit Increased Recognition

World leaders meeting in Nagoya, Japan last month discussed plans to reduce the rate of global biodiversity loss. Biodiversity is integral to protecting habitat and species at risk, as farmers well know. Perception in the media usually focuses on the habitat-conservation side of this multi-faceted issue. But farmers recognize that crop variety is also a […] Read more