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Blocking the sunset on a perfect afternoon

Meditating on the farm

Work better, sleep better, and bring some calm to your world

With 5,000 acres of crops to seed and harvest, Tamina Miller used to be so anxious, she could only sleep three hours a night. Miller, who farms with her family near Alliance, Alta., was suffering from stress overload. Then seven years ago, Miller started meditating 10 minutes a day, and it changed her life. Before […] Read more


Mother using a comb to look for head lice. Selective focus

Guide Health: Head lice is more common than you think

It’s an important point worth repeating: head lice don’t mean that a home is unclean, they mean that this is a home where children play together

From time to time, head lice infestations become news stories, especially when treatment “failures” occur. You probably feel itchy right now just thinking about them! Head lice, scientifically known as Pediculus humanus capitis, have been around as long human beings have existed. After all, lice need human blood to live. Head lice also exist worldwide, […] Read more



Father and son swung their legs from the wooden pier on mountain lake

Guide HR: Vacations: Why do you need them?

Levels of stress, anxiety, and burnout have never been so high across all industries, but we see it particularly in the farming business. Even though technology purports to simplify our lives, we’re experiencing more and more over-investment in work. Many farmers tell me they’re exhausted, with no time to catch up. Moreover, everyone wants it […] Read more


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Guide Health: The embarrassment of hemorrhoids

It’s easy to understand why no one likes to talk about hemorrhoids, but at the very least you need to know when to get checked

Hemorrhoids are common, with anywhere from 50 to 80 per cent of Canadians having experienced them. It is difficult to determine the number more accurately, however, because many people do not report having hemorrhoids or, alternatively, they successfully self treat. Hemorrhoids are anal cushions which become inflamed and swollen. Internal ones remain within the anal […] Read more



Siblings in back of truck

Raise resilient kids

How? Share your family stories with them. Research proves it’s a strategy that works

My parents came to Canada from the Netherlands after the Second World War. They came with very little money and only a few words of English, but they had a dream to own their own farm. Through hard work, diligence and a positive attitude, they were successful. But it wasn’t easy and when I have […] Read more


Guide HR: Nine tips for innovation

Innovation can be successfully harnessed on today’s farms. Here’s how

Some farmers seem to have a talent for developing new markets, new products, or new and better ways of getting things done. They innovate. Is that talent something they were born with? More to the point, can your enterprise promote innovation and creativity? Does environment contribute to innovation, and can you, as a leader, support […] Read more



Man driving in his car using cell mobile phone, dangerous situation

Guide Life: Distracted driving

On the farm or on the road, turn that cellphone off!

Farmers know safety is important. So why do so many of us overlook one of the leading causes of injury and death? Distracted driving is a contributing factor in 80 per cent of vehicle collisions, leading to four million car crashes in North America each year. And in case you’re skeptical, those aren’t numbers that […] Read more


An older mans eye in black and white

Guide Health: Yes, your eyes are getting old

As you get older, you’ll be bothered more by the glare of headlights, and you’ll find it harder to read small print too. But don’t hesitate to get checked out, especially if you notice any pain

As with any part of your body, your eyes change as they age. Often, in fact, eye conditions are attributed to old age. It is estimated that 500,000 Canadians are affected by macular degeneration, plus 2.5 million by cataracts and 250,000 by glaucoma. These conditions seem to occur in older people more often. They are […] Read more



Family and friends sitting at a dining table

Eat together: Have a healthier family

20 years of research proves that sitting down to eat together is good for body, brain and mental health

Here is one thing you can do that will help your kids succeed in school and life, and it’s as simple as making it a habit to eat together as a family. It sounds too good to be true, but true is exactly what it is. That’s according to Dr. Anne Fishel, a family therapist […] Read more


The new employee

Are your HR skills holding your farm back?

Farms keep getting bigger and more complex. But at the same time, farm families keep getting smaller, with farming couples having fewer kids, just like other Canadians. On many farms, this collision of demographic and economic trends means the days of running the farm by putting the family to work are gone. You can’t even […] Read more