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Hanson Acres: Long summer days on the farm, a season for hope

When the weather doesn’t co-operate, it’s time to focus on life’s essentials

Jeff was the spotter, perched on the edge of his seat in the back of the boat watching his six-year-old daughter Jenny and two similar-sized girls clutching onto the inflatable tube at the end of the yellow rope. Greg was driving his boat in loose circles on the South Saskatchewan River, making it just hard […] Read more

Hanson Acres: There’s one more job waiting

When Elaine fires up the sprayer, it isn’t quite the experience she signed up for

“I’m not sure,” Elaine said. “It runs so fast.” Her husband Jeff laughed. “I’ve ridden with you in the car. Fifteen miles an hour is nothing like the speed you like to drive!” Elaine rolled her eyes, not even bothering to point out that she didn’t use the car to spray herbicide on a delicate […] Read more


Hanson Acres: Mark’s in a swoon, and it’s no wonder!

Despite all the technology on the Hanson farm, it’s people who are in charge, sort of

With two years working on the Hanson farm under his belt, Mark Edwards was a key member of the team. On Tuesday morning, he was in the yard with Jeff Hanson, calibrating the seeder before they took it out to the field. As Mark climbed up to the cab where Jeff was entering seeding rates […] Read more

Hanson Acres: When change comes, it comes out of nowhere

Dale and Donna have some real thinking to do, which means Jeff and Elaine do too

Dale and Donna trudged across the Hanson yard, heads bent to keep the wet late-season snow out of their faces. They rounded the row of caraganas in time to see their daughter-in-law drive into the yard and park her SUV in front of her house. They watched Elaine climb out, carrying two large brown paper […] Read more


Hanson Acres: Mistaken identity in the line at the Co-op

If time won’t stop for the Hansons, at least they should be able to get the names right

Dale waited a full day after he’d dropped Donna off at the airport before he drove to the hardware store to buy new LED lights for the house. No discussion about the size of the power bill could persuade his wife that she’d enjoy reading just as much with LED lights. He’d heard all of […] Read more

Hanson Acres: Time to get involved? It’s a big question

There’s that four-hour drive to Saskatoon, and Elaine needs an answer

When her friend Kath­erine had phoned back in October to ask if she’d join the board of directors, Elaine Hanson had been pleased to be asked. She liked the idea of learning more about ag policy and how the industry works, but she knew she didn’t have the time. “Why not?” her friend asked. “I […] Read more


Hanson Acres: Under the stars in the countryside

Scarier than noises in the night — the moment with there’s no noise at all!

Donna pulled the alarm clock closer to the bed so she could see the time without putting on her glasses. 2:47 a.m. “Dale,” she said softly, wanting to wake her husband without startling him. When there was no answer, she tried again, louder. The third time that she called his name, Dale woke up, jerking […] Read more

Hanson Acres: One more thing for Donna’s list

For the Hanson family, that mid-winter trip to Hawaii just keeps giving and giving

Donna Hanson was trying to be as quiet as possible while she got ready to go out, but she still woke her husband, Dale. He opened his eyes and looked up at her. Then he raised his head a few inches and dropped it back to the pillow. “I’m feeling even worse than yesterday,” he […] Read more


Hanson Acres: The big moment comes with a hitch

Too many nerves, too much talk, too many games… oh, just put a ring on it!

Two minutes before her wedding was scheduled to start, as she waited at the edge of the lawn to take the short walk down the beach toward her groom and the hired minister, Trina Hanson was worried. It wasn’t the weather. The weather was always perfect in Hawaii. It wasn’t her dress. She loved the […] Read more

Hanson Acres: It’s the last mile that really counts

All kinds of distances have to be travelled when Trina decides to tie the knot

By the time the Hanson family got to the check-in desk at their hotel in Maui, the normally mild-mannered Dale had lost his patience. “Look!” he whispered a little too loudly, elbowing his wife Donna. “That’s the couple that cut in front of us in the car rental lineup!” It was definitely the same couple […] Read more