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Owner Tim with Grandson Hayden.

Local honey farm wins big in London

Faces of Ag: The Wendell family pitches their honey on quality, purity and Prairie goodness

A Manitoba-Saskatchewan honey farm has brought home high honours from the 2020 London Honey Awards. Wendell Estate Honey, which practises both conventional and organic production, entered the only Canadian honeys to receive platinum awards in the competition, appearing alongside honey from Greece, Italy, Spain and the U.K. To reach platinum status, the honey must score an

Boyd Abas on his farm near Fisher Branch.

“In this together” says Interlaker

Faces of Ag: Like many operations in the area, the Abas family farm began with the “homesteaders” act

The Abas farmhouse sits beside a branch of the Fisher River several miles north of the town of Fisher Branch. As pelicans cruise over the water, Gus the farm cat snoozes below a bench on the porch. Grapevines cling to a trellis, which bisects a large vegetable garden beside the house. Nearby, orange and yellow


Ellen speaks to dieticians, chefs and food writers at an event in Toronto.

Canola advocate honoured by Dietitians of Canada

Faces of Ag: Trained as a teacher, Ellen Pruden has become a bridge between dietitians, chefs, food writers and the agricultural community

Canola Eat Well director Ellen Pruden is being recognized for her work bridging the gap between dietitians and agriculture. “Ellen has used her personal ties to Canadian agriculture to create unique and innovative opportunities for dietitians to learn about the complex world of farming and food production and has given us confidence to share that

Clanman cows munch on feed made of an 11-variety polycrop, including turnips and a few different types of clover.

Regenerate renegades

Faces of Ag: Bucking trends and seeking new ideas led Clanman Jerseys to regenerative agriculture

Not long ago, Sean Smith was in an Alberta lab learning to identify soil micro-organisms. He’s not a scientist. He’s a dairy farmer with a penchant for learning and experimentation — an inherited trait at Clanman Jerseys. “I think that’s probably one of the biggest things about our farm. We’re not afraid to do something

Connie Spenst (right) and her team have made changes to keep their business open safely during the pandemic.

Faith, family give strength to go on

Faces of Ag: Connie Spenst and family began their butcher shop and pizza business when a crisis pushed their farm to the breaking point

While the show goes on for Spenst Brothers in Winkler, the day to day looks a bit different. Markers on the floor show customers where to stand. Staff are signing in each day to say they have no symptoms of COVID-19. People call in wondering if they need to stockpile meat — they don’t, said


Each riding student has a support team of three volunteers.

Keeping in the saddle

Faces of Ag: When Graham Curnew first volunteered with Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association, he didn’t know how to ride a horse

Graham Curnew didn’t intend to spend his life teaching kids with disabilities how to ride horses. He didn’t want to volunteer when his dad dragged him to an evening class with Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association. He didn’t even ride horses. The most exposure he’d had to riding was as a kid on a

Tim and Sue Anderson.

New Zealand family farm

Faces of Ag: The only thing steeper than the hills on this South Island farm is the cost of buying them

Tim Anderson’s description of his farm as a “hill-country farm with a wee bit of flat,” doesn’t do justice to the breathtaking views and roller-coaster thrills of driving through his paddocks. Anderson and his wife Sue raise sheep, cattle, honey and trees on their 922-ha spread located about two hours north of Christchurch on New

Ann Patman with “Woodward.”

It’s an alpacademic!

Faces of Ag: This Manitoba transplant’s cute and curious critters are making housebound folks smile

A little brown alpaca named Benny caused quite the stir when he and owner Ann Patman took a stroll in Winnipeg’s Osborne Village earlier in April. People waved, and cars stopped to stare. “They couldn’t believe what they were looking at,” said Patman. Folks kept their distance, though. A select few donned rubber gloves to


Aline Tezcucano is a policy specialist with Manitoba Ag, where she specializes in food safety and animal health and welfare.

Folklorama and food safety

Faces of Ag: Aline Tezcucano’s fascination with food and biochemistry began with making cheese, butter, bread and tortillas in rural Mexico

Fresh off her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, Aline Tezcucano went to a job interview with a big food company. She struggled to answer their technical questions about food safety. Disappointed, she went home and started studying. Years later, food safety is what she does. Aline is a veteran policy specialist with the province, specializing in

Joey Fiola and Christel Lanthier and their three daughters, Olivia (6), Anne Rose (4) and Lila (1).

Resurrecting the family farm

Faces of Ag: Joey Fiola and Christel Lanthier are determined to give their girls the same farm life that shaped them

As 25 ewes and a gangly baby llama mill around Christel Lanthier, her six-year-old daughter chats to her in French, the language they speak at home. She’s wondering if you want to know anything about the cats, Christel translates for a reporter. Olivia explains the names of the three cats and shows off her stuffed