Oktoberfest, Part Two

I thought we were going to do some touring of Munich on our second day in this marvellous city, but we ended up back at Oktoberfest. Upon our hostess’ recommendation, we were more confident about sneaking into a big tent, because it was the last day. The locals were less likely to partake in the […]

Beer and Bratwurst

It has been a while, to say the least. My last month has been hectic and stressful, leaving little time to share my thoughts with you. And, by thoughts, I mean the things that go into my belly. A couple of days ago, we left to Europe. We flew from Calgary to London to Prague, […]

The Saskatoon Farm

Okay, I’ve been slacking. I apologize. It’s been a bit of a tumultuous week, and last weekend, my partner and I replaced the rear rotors and brake pads on my new-to-me vehicle. You’ll recall that my vehicle was stolen – click here to read my open letter to the thief. I’m one of those weirdos that names […]

Egg Farmers of Alberta Farm Tour – v. Foodie

Before I begin, I must disclose that I work for the Egg Farmers of Alberta. While inherently biased towards modern agriculture, I am a strong believer in food choice. Some consumers dislike all caged systems, citing welfare concerns. That’s okay – we work with all producers caring for more than 300 laying hens, and this includes […]

Frankenchicken?! Not Quite. Not At All.

When we think about genetic engineering, we think about plants – corn, soybean, cotton, and a few others. We rarely consider that livestock are candidates for genetic engineering, and while this may seem frightening, it holds a great deal of potential in combatting diseases in the livestock industry. This isn’t your average “Frankenchicken.” Earlier this […]

The Great Clam Boil

The people you work with are critical to your job satisfaction, no matter the position. If you love your job, but you work with a band of trolls, you will go home dissatisfied. Fortunately, I work with a great group of people – passionate, intelligent, and dedicated to the producers we serve. There is no shortage […]

Barbecue Pulled Venison

Every year, around this time, my partner starts applying for hunting draws, hoping that he’ll get lucky and score a rare opportunity for the upcoming season. It’s a game, and each year, he gets closer to a coveted draw – for a specific species or a specific region. He pores over maps of the province, speculating the […]

Eating and Stampeding

The Calgary Stampede dubs itself as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. For ten days, Calgary is transformed into a haven for cowboys and cowgirls. Stetsons and Wranglers become appropriate business attire, country and pop music stars grace the city with their presence, and rodeo champions compete for belt buckles in one of the largest […]

Poultry, Poop, and Greenhouse Gases

Chicken poop can save the world. I know, it sounds ridiculous, but chicken manure may hold the key in helping greenhouse gas emitters better scrub their emissions before they hit the atmosphere, making our manufacturing industries more environmentally-friendly and providing a new income stream for poultry farmers across the country. Scientists in Maryland, alongside HY-TEK Bio, […]