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HALO Air Ambulance has seen a surge in support for its pandemic fundraisers, including its new Cattle er’ Cash lottery.

Demand for air ambulance lottery tickets soars

Reading Time: < 1 minute It was quite the liftoff. It only took a week for HALO Air Ambulance to sell 70 per cent of the tickets for its first-ever online lottery. The pandemic meant the Medicine Hat-based emergency service hasn’t been able to hold most of its traditional fundraisers, so it has come up with a number of new […] Read more

Paradise Hill Farm has been renting its sunflower field out for photo shoots for the past two years, but this year was the start of a new tradition on the farm — using these bookings to raise funds for Make-A-Wish Canada.

Alberta sunflower growers make wishes come true

Paradise Hill Farm owners leapt at the chance to help program that grants wishes to seriously ill children

Reading Time: 4 minutes Farmers aren’t typically in the business of granting wishes — but then again, 2020 isn’t your typical year. And this year, Tony and Karen Legault of Paradise Hill Farm put their particular brand of magic to work, bringing some much-needed sunshine to sick children in southern Alberta with a little help from their sunflower field. […] Read more


Marion Ashton, executive director of Sankofa Arts and Music Foundation, shares a Black is Beautiful beer with Haydon Dewes, owner of Cabin Brewing. The black forest coffee stout was brewed in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and will raise $20,000 for Sankofa.

Alberta companies join Black Lives Matter beer fundraiser

Reading Time: 4 minutes Bringing people together over a beer. That’s the goal of several businesses from across central Alberta that have joined forces to create a fundraiser beer to support the Black Lives Matter movement. “Beer is a great equalizer. You can break down a lot of barriers just by sitting down and having a beer with someone,” […] Read more

Take a rodeo grounds, add a steady overnight rain and a bunch of kids 
in the wild pony race and this is the result.

Police rodeo is a wild and wacky affair

Reading Time: 3 minutes Const. Sean LaBrie just laughs when it’s suggested the Calgary Police Rodeo is arguably the most amateur rodeo in existence. “That would be about right,” said LaBrie, the rodeo association’s vice-president. “It’s pretty strange. For 99 per cent of the guys who are participating, this is the only rodeo stuff they do all year. It’s […] Read more


Glenn Cheater, Alberta Farmer editor

A warm welcome from a very hospitable community

The number of producers is declining, but the spirit of 
the farming community grows stronger and stronger


Reading Time: 3 minutes I was running seriously late and my pal Rick’s email directions for the community supper were “four miles north of Vauxhall — lots of signs.” Judging when you’re four miles from a place you’ve never been before is a little tough, but surely I couldn’t miss all those signs. I did. I spotted one marking […] Read more

Harvest Gala tickets on sale

Reading Time: < 1 minute Tickets for Agriculture for Life’s third annual Harvest Gala fundraiser on Nov. 8 are now on sale. The event, held at the BMO Centre in Calgary, raises funds for educational programming on rural and farm safety, and to promote understanding and appreciation of the impact agriculture has on Albertan’s lives. “With more and more people […] Read more