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- Lots of “How To” articles with step by step guides
- Great stories and photos from readers just like you
- Conservation projects and the volunteers who help
- Exploring right here in your own back yard
- Nature, science, road trips and more!
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- Down to Earth ~ Soil Science & Snowflakes ~ Snow safety, permafrost and snowflake microphotography.
- The Great Canadian Snowman Contest ~ Enter and WIN!
- Our Small Farm ~Using the winter months to plan starting a CSA.
- Our Rural History ~ Pioneer Life on the Prairies. Historical photographs of homesteader cabins.
- Explore & Learn ~ International Farmer Exchange Program.
- In Season ~ Confort Foods by the Fire. Venison nachos, pierogi lasagna, peanut butter dip and homemade vegetable soup.
- Always Learning ~ Upcoming workshops where you can study hobby level or commercial farming practices.
- Exploring the Northwest ~ Photos and stories from our readers across Canada.
- Trading Post~ Tools and resources for Small farms and Urban Agriculture in the north.
- Fall on the Front Porch ~ Recycling old treasures to decorate your home for fall.
- Gardening in the Northwest ~ Planting peonies for the best blooms.
- Our Small Farm ~ Setting new roots in the north at First Fruit Farms.
- Restorations ~ Converting an old horse trailer to a useful utility trailer.
- Native Plants for Food & Medicine ~ Wild rose hip syrup and the Herbal Pharmacy DVD.
- Honey Bee Health ~ The NBDC helps beekeepers identify disease and detect chemical residue.
- In Season ~ Cherries in the north and Haloween sugar cookies.
- Local Food ~ Food bloggers set out to define Canadian Cuisine.
- Exploring the Northwest ~ Photos and stories from our readers across Canada.
- In the Mailbox ~ Making friends with a talking magpie ~ Seniors housing complex builds raised beds.
- Introduction to Hugelkulture ~ A beautiful back yard oaisis in Canora, Saskatchewan.
- Gardening in the Northwest ~ Urban container gardening for small spaces.
- Down to Earth ~ How to build a raised bed. Diagrams and materials.
- Garden Trials ~ The good, the bad and the ugly. Raised beds compared to traditional gardens.
- Our Small Farm ~ Eureka River Soaps, the hurdles and rewards of running a farm based business.
- Always Learning ~ Elmworth School Permaculture Project, aquaponics and a sustainable greenhouse.
- Pioneer Crafts ~ Building fence and trellis with willow for gardens and small livestock.
- In Season ~ Time for rhubarb ~ pies, jams, and great wedding favours.
- Local Food ~ Making jelly from fireweed in Germansen Landing, BC.
- Tried and True by Lou ~ Recipies for natural weed control, deodorant and bug spray.
- One hundred Years of History ~ Grande Prairie, AB 100th anniversary homecoming celebrations.
- Gardening in the Northwest ~ How to garden by the moon, history, phases and photos.
- Down to Earth ~ Companion planting, what to grow together and what to avoid.
- Our Small Farm ~ Living off the land in a remote region of northern BC.
- Local Food ~ A CSA in Turtle Valley, BC offers fresh home grown food.
- Nature in the Northwest ~ Part II, identifying and harvesting wild edible mushrooms for beginners.
- The Country Vet ~ Herd health information for small mixed farmers.
- Food Security in the Northwest Territories and resources for farmers in the north.
- Arts & Crafts ~ Selling crafts from home to diversify your small farm income.
- In Season ~ Western Canadian bison burgers with green tomato salsa.
- Photos from our readers as they explore rural Canada.
Winter 2013 Issue
- Canadian Heritage Seeds ~ A list of growers and suppliers.
- Barns of Western Canada ~ history and photos.
- Building A Barn? ~ Resources for free blueprints and planning.
- Wildcrafting ~ An introduction to harvesting wild edible mushrooms.
- Clawfoot Tubs ~ History and restoration ideas.
- Northern Horticulture ~ The Bauta Family Initiative increasing Canadian-grown ecological seed.
- In Season ~ Cooking with local mushrooms. Suppliers and recipes.
- Health & Environment ~ The benefits of fermentation, our digestive heritage.
- Exploring the Northwest ~ Photos from readers as they explore rural Western Canada.
- Our Small Farms ~ Gardening north of 60, permafrost and the Inuvik Community Garden.
- Restoration of an NAR Train Station to a fabulous country home.
- How To prepare your perennials for our northern winters.
- Tips from experts about bringing your houseplants in.
- Prairie Pollinators ~ Learn about leaf cutter bees for alfalfa seed production.
- Preserving the Season ~ Canning recipes from readers and our Local Food Editor.
- Ancient Grains & Modern Mills ~ Learn about Emmer and Red Fife.
- Alvin Sheresky, Organic Hero Award ~ The connection between Healthy Soil & Healthy Bodies.
- Photo contests and great fall shots from our readers.
- Steam Engine history & restoration with the McLean family.
- Henry Riplinger ~ Prairie Artist and author of “If You’re Not From the Prairie”.
- Grow more food, weed less and enjoy gardening again ~ How to build a raised bed.
- Potato trials ~ the good, the bad and the ugly.
- The art of recycling ~ an artists cooperative in Yellowknife transform recycled wine bottles into glasses, planters and works of art.
- Collectors ~ Be on the look out for this rare vintage Canadian beaver canning jar.
- Shovel and Fork ~ Classes that bring food from the field to your kitchen.
- Fresh Summer Salads right from your own garden. Learn how to use local food in your own meal planning.
- Notes from the north ~ young horticulture enthusiasts share their view of nature in the northwest.
- Readers share their photographs, Pioneer Days in the Peace Country, learn how to canoe and much more.
- Permaculture, learning from nature to build sustainable agricultural.
- Foodies & chefs meet to learn the science behind great taste at Eat Alberta.
- In the 1920’s Alex Monkman had a vision of a trade route through the Rockies to market grain.
- Restoration of a 1947 Hudson and a 1941 Ford.
- The 2013 Heirloom Seeds for the North list.
- Norwegian Sugar Cookies.
- Gardening in the Northwest ~ Planting garlic in the fall & saving seeds from your favorite biennials.
- Contamination in the Garden ~ Learn how to identify herbicide residue in your garden amendments.
- Solar Power ~ Systems and prices have become more attractive and economically viable.
- Rural Communities ~ Northern Lights County in Bloom contest winners.
- Antiques & Collections ~ Whether it’s small or large, every collection helps preserve a bit of history.
- Calgary Stampede Turns 100 years old ~ One of the greatest outdoors shows on earth celebrates 100 years of tradition.
- Rotational Grazing ~ Writing a resume for a sheep is easier than you think. With too many off farm jobs, it’s time to send the sheep to work.
- Anderson Wildlife Refuge ~ A wildlife habitat offers recreational and educational opportunities.
- Country Kitchen ~ Raspberry Coffee Cake. Easy and elegant.
Summer 2012 Issue
- Hardy Old Fashion Roses ~ These pioneer rugosa favorites like Hansa and Terese Bugnet have stood the test of time here on the prairies.
- How To Save Your Seeds ~ Start your own collection by harvesting the seeds of heirloom annuals.
- Greener Pastures ~ Moving to the wilderness of northern Alberta from southern BC in the winter.
- Helping Hands on Branding Day ~ Family and friends gather for dusty, dirty, smelly, hard work, tasty food and great camaraderie.
- Enjoy Nature ~ The birds out my back door and Camp Wapiti.
- Explore Western Canada ~ Learn the stories and the history of your hometown.
- Draft Horse Breed Conservation ~ Their numbers have climbed and plummeted over the years.
- Garden Gazebo ~ Create an oasis in your own landscape to relax and enjoy with family and friends.
- Country Kitchen ~ Fresh rose petals make a wonderful family favorite jelly.
- Planning & Building of a Greenhouse ~ Get out that garden journal. How to start designing that greenhouse you’ve dreamed of.
- Heritage Breed Chickens ~ It started as a hobby but has evolved into a collection of rare breed poultry.
- Getting to Know Your Farmer ~ Red Willow Gardens celebrates 28 years as a Farmers’ Market vendor.
- The Blacksmith Shop ~ A Saskatchewan veterinarian practices the art of blacksmithing to save money on the farm, recycle and relax.
- Youth & Travel ~ A young lady of 15 years from Western Canada heads out on a Pangaea Expedition.
- Rural Artists ~ A group of western artists show us how connected our communities really are.
- Heirloom Seeds ~ Over 100 varieties tested hardy in our zone 2 nursery trials.
- Country Kitchen ~ Cooking with local Farm Fresh Lamb.
- Landscape Planning & Design ~ Winter is a good time to work on your landscape plan, help save time and money next summer.
- Genetic Diversity ~ Seeds of Diversity conserves the traditional knowledge of food crops and garden plants.
- Rural Collections ~ A Peace Region fossil collection shapes scientific research and inspires young paleontologists.
- Saving the Hip Roof Barn ~ A family saves the old farm site hip roofed barn and moves it 40 km.
- Restoration Projects ~ The newly restored Euphemia McNaught art studio offers artists a secluded retreat.
- Adventures in Genealogy ~ From the English countryside to a pioneer homestead in western Canada.
- Horses for Orphans ~ A Brazilian project builds confidence in both horse and rider.
- Country Kitchen ~ Local Bison Dumplings.
- The Urban Gardener ~ Experimenting with square foot gardening in an urban landscape.
- Medicinal Herbs ~ Choosing natural herbs for teas and special blends. Step by step instructions.
- Timber Frame & Straw Bale ~ A cultural centre opens in the rural hamlet of Demmitt offering stunning architectural design combined with innovative sustainable technology.
- Wagons West ~ “I Remember” explores the lifestyles and culture on the prairies over the past 94 years.
- Native American History ~ Hides for art and survival. The relationship between vitamin D and wild game.
- Early Explorers of Western Canada ~ Surveyors, Canadian fur traders, explorers and map makers. The Hudson Bay Company and modern trappers’ associations.
- Locally Produced Food ~ How far did the food on your plate travel? Buy and eat local for 30 days.
- Country Kitchen ~ Old Fashion Pumpkin Pie.
- Gardening in the Northwest ~ Maintaining a summer garden, composting, ladybugs for aphid control.
- Building A Raised Bed ~ Are you tired of fighting with clay and weeds? Consider building a raised bed with these step by step instructions.
- Bison On The Prairies ~ The western bison industry experienced unexpected resurgence as customers look towards eco-friendly options.
- Wheat Belt Baseball League ~ Baseball becomes popular during the great depression.
- York Boat Journey ~ The York Boat was probably the most important form of transportation in western Canada during the 19th century.
- The Peace & Edson Trail ~ One hundred years ago, thousands of brave pioneers traveled the Edson Trail.
- Country Kitchen ~ Old fashion strawberry jam the way Grandma used to make it.
- Planning Your Vegetable Garden ~ Learn about the micro-climates in your garden space as well as tips on drawing out that garden plan.
- How To Amend Your Garden Soil ~ Soil pH can have a big impact on the plants you are trying to grow.
- Companion Planting ~ Plants have been shown to do better or worse depending on their company.
- Ecosystem Conservation ~ A non-native invasive species of plant can cause havoc to our ecosystem balance. Check out our weed ID key.
- Rural Living & Heritage Breed Chickens ~ Spring on the farm with robins, baby alpacas and heritage breeds.
- Small Communities With Big Hearts ~ TeePee Creek Stampede and Wanham Plowing Match.
- Spurs & Silver Artist ~ Visit a traditional silversmith folk artist who has set up studio in a 1915 homestead.
- Environmentally Friendly Spring Cleaning ~ New ways to enjoy a greener spring.
- Winter Gardens of Northwestern Canada ~ Learn about the birds in your winter garden and how to attract them with different foods.
- History of the North West mounted Police on the Prairies ~ The scarlet-coated Mountie has been part of our rural history since the 1870’s.
- Aurora Borealis ~ AuroraMAX is bringing the beauty of northern lights to armchair sky-watchers, on their home computers.
- Restoration Projects & Road Trips ~ A restored 1954 Meteor sets out on a cross Canada road trip.
- The Dokie Wind Farm ~ The largest wind farm in British Columbia has begun generating electricity.
- Nature Photography ~ Canadian Photographic Artist of the Year from Manitoba shares how rural life has inspired her photographic journey.
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- Peace Country Pioneer Ranch Camp ~ Travel on horseback into the Wild Kakwa region.
- Fall Chore List ~ Help your perennials survive zone 2 winters.
- Hardy Trees for the Prairies ~ Varieties with great fall colors.
- Farm Fresh ~ Community Supported Agriculture offers fresh food while supporting local small farms.
- Herb Walk Through the Forests ~ Discover the beauty of native herbs.
- Biodiversity of Western Canada~ Naturalistic gardening and geographic locations named after animals.
- OH Longview Ranch ~ An ecogift of 9,444 acres is dedicated to conservation as heritage rangeland.
- Heating Your Home With Wood ~ Things you should know before buying that wood stove at an auction.
- 100 Mile Diet ~ Supporting local small farm producers.
- Country Kitchen ~ How to make Hot and Spicy Salsa.
- The Science Behind Seeds ~ Learn how these tiny specs of energy work in natures cycle. Start your own seeds indoors and enjoy fresh healthy transplants for your garden and greenhouse.
- Gardening in Zone 2 ~ Challenges in northern growing conditions. Check out these open pollinated varieties of heirloom seed from Seed Savers trials in zone 2.
- Road Trip ~ Do you recognize this Alberta rural attraction. Win a Lee Valley gift certificate.
- Stream Engine Restoration ~ A group of steam enthusiasts set out to restore a 1905 American A-bell that has worked in Alberta for over 100 years before retiring at the South Peace Centennial Museum.
- Heritage Farmhouse ~ Renovation or Restoration. How hard could it possibly be to relocate and restore a heritage home in northern Alberta?
- County Kitchen ~ Learn how to make your own homemade cheese.
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