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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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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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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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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A whole lotta snow…

So I was out at the farm today stumping about setting out survey markers for our upcoming hazelnut plantation. I didn’t get nearly as much done as I would have liked because there is a whole lotta snow out there. It was funny, south of Carstairs the fields were largely melted off, north of Carstairs […]

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Unravelling Keyline, Part 3

I wasn’t happy with the way the last plan worked out, it didn’t seem to have the right sort of fit for dugouts to fill and for water to distribute across the part of the farm I’m working on. I took a look at the keyline planning and layout done on Taranaki Farms in Australia […]

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Unravelling Keyline, Part 2

Down the rabbit hole I go… One of the things I’ve found tough about learning and researching keyline planning is a lack of real world documentation, particularly early planning on a topographic map. So I’m going to post the process I go through as I wrangle the plans for our property. This set of pictures […]

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