Wanted: Garden Gnome

We are no longer accepting resumes for the 2018 Season, but if you are interested in working with us in 2019 please send your information along! Wanted: Garden gnome or Student on summer break. Happiness By The Acre is a small start-up farm between Didsbury and Carstairs that operates a non-certified organic market garden, orchard, […]

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Why Vat Meatballs Are Stupid

You have probably seen the video of the cultured meatball (vat meat as I call it) making the rounds on social media. Here is why vat meat is stupid: One: It fails the environmental test. The vat meat still requires massive plantations of corn and soy to produce the materials required to grow the vat […]

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Field Day & Keyline Surveying

This spring we are expanding our market gardens on our property in Carstairs as well as replacing some damaged trees and doing some light tree planting. As part of this process we are taking about an acre and surveying it out on keyline geometry principles to guide where we are going to place tree rows, […]

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An Open Letter (err, diatribe) on Bill 6,

An Open Letter (err, diatribe) on Bill 6, Many of our customers, friends, family, and fellows in local food have been hearing an awful lot about Bill 6 in Alberta. For those who haven’t, here is the rundown. Bill 6 was introduced by the Alberta government to bring the province of Alberta in line with […]

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Ideologues and Success Bashing

Some days I just get a bug up my butt about back-to-the-landers, homesteaders, hobbiests, activists, and ideologues yammering about agriculture. Today is one of those days, so I’m going to rant here because it is bugging me and I don’t have time to deal with every individual I come across. This way I can point […]

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Walk-In Cooler On Wheels

Over the spring and part of the summer I have been working on building a walk-in cooler for my produce. Since I’m scooting about to half a dozen different yards I thought it would be keen to have a cooler that could scoot around with me, so following some directions on a couple blogs (EverGood […]

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Rainfall and our Swale

The trees are all in, and the acre of food savannah we planted is chock full of an amazing crop of wheat and canola volunteers from previous seasons as industrial farm land. There is a good deal of goosegrass, field pennycress, stink weed, wild amaranth, and dandelion. All in all a pretty nice cover crop […]

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Weedsplosion

Weeds. Everywhere. One of the yards I’m working in has a crazy amount of weed pressure, and it all exploded into life at the same time as a bunch of my other seeds. It’s a real bone-fide mess. After asking some people in the know at YYC Growers & Distributors and they suggested flame weeding. […]

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Keyline in the snow…

So it is cah-ray-zee busy right now. Between the urban farm and the country farm I’m running around dodging snow storms and sun burns all in the same week. Yesterday I was hauling out 2200 litre water tanks to the farm as part of our water infrastructure. It was a wet, cold day of wrestling […]

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