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Breaking the silence of racism

Breaking the silence of racism

When we give sexist and racist comments and stereotypes a free pass on our farms and in our daily lives, we’re guilty of perpetuating them

Reading Time: 6 minutes Too often we let racist, sexist or homophobic comments slide because it’s awkward or uncomfortable to call them out. But as human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Here’s how Bronwynne Wilton, a Fergus, Ont. […] Read more

Creating a better place to work

Creating a better place to work

Use new findings in psychology to create spaces where you and your family will thrive

Reading Time: 5 minutes It’s a basic human need to have a space where you feel comfortable, safe and secure. Having a place to rest, refresh and revitalize can help us cope with the extraordinary challenges of farming and the pandemic. While we can’t control everything in our environments, if we pay attention to what we can control we […] Read more

See Jan Scott's One-pot Baked Beefaroni recipe below.

One-pot cooking makes meal prep a snap

Award-winning cookbook author offers tips on cooking from scratch

Reading Time: 5 minutes Getting a healthy home-cooked dinner on the table night after night can be a challenge for busy farm families. Thanks to an award-winning cookbook from Stratford, Ontario’s Jan Scott, this task just got a little easier. Scott’s Oven to Table cookbook features more than a hundred “mess-free, stress-free” delicious one-pot recipes that can be made […] Read more

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said or what you did, but they won’t forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou.

Say it by mail

Send your thoughts in actual writing. It makes them become a keepsake

Reading Time: 4 minutes When you go to the mailbox and find a handwritten envelope among the bills and flyers, chances are it’s the thing that will draw your attention. A handwritten card or letter is a rare treat in this time of instant messages, texts and emails. While being able to Zoom with our family and friends during […] Read more

It’s time to shift our notions of what productivity means on the farm, says Van Ewyk. It isn’t just what you do in the barn or that shop. It’s also what you to do to enhance your health.

How to cope in the long months ahead

Smart, healthful and fun tips for coping with winter and a global pandemic

Reading Time: 6 minutes Canadian winters on the farm can be tough at the best of times. The dark and the cold and the isolation can leave anyone feeling down. And this winter, of course, we also have the added stresses and restrictions of a global pandemic to make us feel battle-weary and burned out. The good news is […] Read more

Tracing your family history

Tracing your family history

This winter will be ideal for exploring your family’s roots

Reading Time: 5 minutes With travel plans interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, new hobbies are needed to occupy our time, especially during a long Canadian winter. If you’re curious about your family history, there has never been a better time to take up genealogy as a hobby. Every week, more and more records are being scanned and made […] Read more

Navigating farm business holiday celebrations

Navigating farm business holiday celebrations

It’s going to take more thought before you decide how your farm should celebrate 2020

Reading Time: 5 minutes Social events like the Christmas party have traditionally been a big focus for non-farm businesses, giving staff a chance to mix and mingle, and employers a chance to show their appreciation. Increasingly, Christmas celebrations are popular on the farm too, providing an opportunity for employees and family members to meet and greet without the stresses […] Read more

Office space that works

Office space that works

Five steps to converting your office space into a productivity centre

Reading Time: 5 minutes During this stressful time of the COVID-19 pandemic, one place where we can exert some control in our lives is in our office space. As with anywhere else on the farm, if everything has a place, we feel more in control and more capable of taking what gets thrown at us. That’s the experience of […] Read more

Grief is a natural process that helps us adapt when the world as we knew it — or thought we knew it — no longer exists.

The many sides of grief

Grief can be caused by many kinds of loss. Here’s why it’s so important to recognize that

Reading Time: 4 minutes We know that grief is a natural response when a loved one dies. What we may not realize, though, is that we may also grieve, sometimes for years, from non-death losses too. Losing the family farm, getting divorced, living with a debilitating illness, being estranged from one’s child, the turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic… all […] Read more

Self-care specialists Emilio Jose Garcia Rodriguez and Samantha Kristoferson.

Find time for self-care

If it seems you haven’t a moment for your physical and mental health, read this

Reading Time: 5 minutes We all read the headlines. We know that self-care can make it easier to cope with high levels of stress. But too often, we feel we are already stretched so thin, it would only make matters worse if we stopped what needs doing and spent any time on self-care. To get some tips and tools […] Read more