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Michelle Schram, with her young son, on the farm she co-runs with husband Troy Stozek near Cartwright.

Women more likely to run non-conventional farms: report

EQUALITY | Access to land, social capital and difference in interests, skills may account for the trend

While women are less likely than men to farm in Manitoba, inequality appears to be lower for women in direct marketing or non-conventional farms, according to a recent report from the University of Manitoba. “There is a dynamic that women face that young men don’t face entering farming, but I also think that that’s changing

Heart Acres Farm is run by Laura Tait (left), Chad Wiens (centre), and staff Hillary (second from left), Hannah (centre, rear) and Maureen (right).

Creative pivots help small-scale food producers, sellers weather pandemic

COVID-19, hot and dry weather, grasshoppers and flea beetles made for a challenging growing season for Manitoba’s small food producers

COVID-19 threatened their markets and pests plagued their crops, but two small-scale vegetable growers say this has been a rewarding growing season. “In all regards, it’s been our best year,” said Chad Wiens, who, along with Laura Tait, runs Heart Acres Farm south of Winnipeg. When the pandemic hit Manitoba in March, it was unclear


Area producers in many cases can finish their own cattle, but they’d have a hard time finding someone to process it, according to two local beef producers.

Legal on-farm slaughter a potential boon for producers

Scale-appropriate regulation may benefit remote communities, create an entry point to direct market meat

Legalizing on-farm slaughter of livestock would be more humane, benefit remote communities and beef up producers’ bottom line, say two Manitoba producers. Recent regulatory changes in Alberta are “exactly what we’re looking for,” said Ian Thorleifson, president of the Manitoba Elk Growers Association. On July 29, Alberta announced changes to slaughter regulations which included the creation of an on-farm slaughter operation licence. The licence

U-pick operations to open with safety precautions

U-pick operations to open with safety precautions

Online stores set up to assist sales of pre-picked berries

U-picks for strawberries, saskatoon berries and other fruits will open this June with safety measures in place, the Prairie Fruit Growers Association announced on May 20. PFGA, which represents 70 U-pick farms in Manitoba, has been working with Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development fruit crops specialist, Anthony Mintenko, to develop COVID-19 guidelines. “Some of the

August is peak season for farmers’ markets and other forms of direct marketing in Manitoba. Customers visit farm stands and local markets to meet growers and entrepreneurs selling an increasingly diverse range of products.

Manitoba’s direct-marketing sector gaining strength and diversity

There’s still lots of potential to grow this sector, says Direct Farm Manitoba spokesman

Early August is the peak of summer and peak time for sales at farmers’ markets, farm stands and other ways Manitobans sell their farm-grown products direct to customers. More farm families see the potential to make sales and earn extra revenues this way and the growth in this sector is steady, says spokesman for Direct


New guide explains rules for direct marketing food

Plain language guide lays out regulations for production, processing and selling

Manitoba Agriculture has released a new guide that explains in clear language provincial regulations for producing, processing and selling food direct to consumers. The eight-page guide Direct Marketing Your Food Product covers allowable production levels, grading requirements, and processing standards. Safe food-handling practices and labelling requirements are also explained. The release of the document fulfills

Local farm groups teaming up

Small Farms Manitoba and Direct Farm Manitoba are joining forces. Direct Farm Manitoba is a new association formed after the Farmer’s Market Association of Manitoba broadened membership criteria this spring. Small Farms Manitoba is an online network created by Kalynn Spain who spent the summer of 2014 visiting and writing about smaller farmers in Manitoba.

Phil Veldhuis

Direct farm marketers are forming a new association

The former farmers’ market association is broadening its mandate

The Farmers’ Markets Association of Manitoba has a new name, new classes of voting memberships and a new mandate. Voting delegates of the former FMAM, organized in 2007, agreed last week to change its name to Direct Farm Marketing Association of Manitoba Co-op Inc. so it can represent the broader interests of all those who