Category Archives: Tools

Small-scale grain harvesting equipment

When we think of growing grains, typically a vast horizon of wheat heads comes to mind. And big tractors. Only the slightly lunatic farmer/gardener would attempt to grow grains at a small scale. After all, a 4×8 plot in the … Continue reading

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Local Food Workshop, Olds, Alberta

October 24-25, 2013. Put on by the Foothills Forage and Grazing Association, with keynote speakers Joel Salatin (polyfacefarms.com) and Doug Weatherbee (soildoctor.org) An interesting mix of people gathered to talk about to talk about farming on a small-scale. Topics ranged … Continue reading

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New Seed Map

You may remember the classic USC-Canada seed map titled “Food, Farmers and Climate Chaos”. I still have one on my wall, having received several over the years. The symbolic blue, green and orange colours representing where droughts were expected with … Continue reading

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Strathmore Alberta Farm tour 2013

Marc Gibeau of Heritage Harvest shows a field of Red Fife wheat. Marc grows and mills his own grain which he sells to local bakeries in Alberta, Saskatchewan and BC.  Marc is very mechanically minded and has created some interesting … Continue reading

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Field Day 2013: Vonda, Saskatchewan

Following the Barrhead field day, Organic Alberta teamed-up with OCIA chapter 5 to host a field day at Marc Loiselle’s farm in Vonda. Marc grows heritage wheats and participates actively on his own research projects, as well as collaborating with … Continue reading

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The Noble Blade

  This is an important tool in agriculture in dry Southern Prairies. The blade cuts plants below the soil surface without inverting the soil. This causes very little soil disturbance, and leaves dead plant matter (stubble) on the surface, protecting … Continue reading

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