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Demand was high but Innisfail Growers had lost their venue in Red Deer because of the pandemic. So they set up a drive-thru operation, which attracted long lines of customers.

Albertans coming together while keeping their distance

COVID-19 can't stem the flow of good will and generosity

Drawing a heart and putting it in your window or turning on the Christmas lights. Finding small containers so you can give away farm-milled flour to a food bank. Teaching kids how to grow a garden. Across Alberta, people are finding ways to give their neighbours and communities a lift in these troubled times. In […] Read more







A $220,000 sponsorship from the TD Bank Group will help support ALUS projects in eight communities, including Lac Ste. Anne County and Red Deer County. Pictured is a fence protecting a wetland on Duane Movald’s ranch in Brazeau County, one of several ALUS-sponsored projects on the fifth-generation farm.

Bank signs on as launch sponsor for ALUS Canada’s New Acre program

“We know that restoring nature on the landscape has many benefits for both farmers and their communities..."

Three hundred acres of farmland across Canada will be transformed into conservation projects thanks to a sizable sponsorship from TD Bank Group to ALUS Canada’s New Acre program. “The TD sponsorship is an indication that the private sector recognizes the value of this kind of work and is willing to put money behind it,” said […] Read more


‘Rare event’ 100 years in the making

It was quite a surprise for Harry Shierman during his 100th birthday celebration in December when his family presented him with a Century Farm and Ranch plaque. Harry’s father had purchased the Kathryn-area farm in January 1919, and it was Quincy Shierman, Harry’s granddaughter-in-law, who applied for the award. “I thought it would be pretty […] Read more




Stephen Hughes of Chinook Ranch in Longview is Canada’s first flagship farmer.

‘A humble guy’ chosen as Canada’s first ‘flagship farmer’

In many ways, Stephen Hughes has become the face of the sustainable beef movement in Canada. He’s spoken at conferences, given numerous interviews, and appeared in videos and commercials for McDonald’s sustainable beef initiative. Now the fast-food giant has named the Longview rancher the first “flagship farmer” in Canada. But while he’s willing to stand […] Read more