If I were to ask you about the top ten things that make a great Christmas celebration for you, what would you answer? Most families that I work with want to maintain family harmony, or get back on track again as “a happy family.” Dr. Nikki Gerrard’s research of farm families found that one of […]
Elaine joins Daybreak Kamloops Jennifer Chrumka to discuss the challenges of succession planning amongst ranchers.
Elaine joined Dr. Ken Keis on his Secrets of Success podcast to discuss: How Important is Legacy to You? CRG: Secrets of Success – How Important is Legacy to You?
When I was a very young farm girl, dressed in my homemade red velvet jumper, I looked forward to “Edie” Christmas on Boxing Day with my cousins. I recall my great-grandmother singing “Silent Night” to us in German. Little did I know then that I would marry into a family whose first language was German. […]
Being able to talk freely with your farm team and feel that they understand what you are needing is a huge gift! Farm families in business sometimes get stuck with problems when they get trapped in the “blame game” of blaming someone else for their problems. You might have to accept that you can’t make […]
Some people ask for signs to show up in their lives to guide them on the way. One summer we were traveling on the interstate just south of Grand Forks, and a sign caught our eye…more than once. “BE GRATEFUL” was posted close to the traffic whizzing by. I was encouraged that someone had spent […]
“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour.” […]
Sometimes I wish I did not have real-life examples of how I make mistakes, but my mishaps make good fodder for my writing. Last harvest I was the combine driver who backed into the fuel truck while I was unloading my auger for cleanout to move to the next field. I have a bad habit […]
As I write this, we are stalled with harvest due to bothersome rains. Those of you with more muck than crop are saying “wish I even had a harvest.” Moreover, the farmers from Saskatchewan with muddy acres are wondering how to get the land ready for next year! Not fun. We have gone through this […]
Country Guide Senior Editor Maggie Van Camp is a widow, mom, journalist, and chicken farmer who coined a new term at CAFA’s (Canadian Association of Farm Advisors) Update in Guelph earlier this year. Maggie proposed that the culture of agriculture needs a new mindset to speak to the many women farm operators in our country; […]