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“The world is big enough for all of us. There is no reason to hate.” – Marsa Blossom Yarmeto, author

Talking to kids about race

You may struggle to answer your kids’ questions, but resources are here, and the struggle sends a message

Reading Time: 6 minutes When her daughter, just four years old, came home from school at Kitchener, Ont., Marswa Blossom Yarmeto’s spirits sank. The more she learned, the more disheartened and sad she grew. Which of us wouldn’t? Her daughter was upset by how the other children were treating her. They told her they didn’t like her hair and […] Read more

“Collectively, we need to do better,” says friendship expert Shasta Nelson. “Friendship is a human need.”

I get by with a little help from my friends

We can get better at connecting with other people and developing friendships, and it will add immeasurably to our lives

Reading Time: 5 minutes Do you find yourself craving connection? Wishing you had more friends? Or that you could spend more time with the friends you do have? Do you long to be able to share more of your worries and concerns with your friends? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are in the majority. […] Read more


Find your flow

Find your flow

The path to feeling happier and healthier, from the science of positive psychology

Reading Time: 5 minutes If you’ve ever looked up at the clock and been surprised at how much time has passed, you were likely experiencing what positive psychologists call a state of flow. It’s in these flow experiences that you lose your sense of self. Your worries disappear and time slows down, says Sarah Gregg, a life and business […] Read more

The Black Farmers Collective pioneers new ways to connect communities with food production.

Hungry in Canada

Shocking numbers of Canadians are getting left hungry and malnourished

Reading Time: 5 minutes Even before the pandemic, the number of people in Canada who didn’t have enough to eat was at alarming levels. Statistics Canada’s Community Health Survey reported in 2017-18 that 4.4 million people in Canada, including 1.2 million children under the age of 18, were unable to access enough food to eat. The pandemic has exacerbated […] Read more


“Our brains work against inclusion,” warns diversity expert Michael Bach, who adds that economic research shows how good inclusivity is for the farm.

Me? I’m not biased!

We all have unconscious biases. Acknowledging this isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s smart too

Reading Time: 6 minutes The truth is, it has probably happened to all of us. We meet someone for the first time and we walk away saying, “Wow, they’re a lot different that I thought they’d be.” Maybe we don’t think there’s a reason, but if we probed just a little, we’d often find it’s a sign our unconscious […] Read more

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