A vital part of farm life

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Photo courtesy of the Black family.

Article submitted by Alex Campbell

Director, Manitoba Agricultural Museum

In the fall of 2014, Mr. Bruce Black of the Brandon area let the Museum copy negatives of photographs taken around 1920 on the farms operated by the Black Family in the Brandon area. This photo shows a wagon with tandem teams hitched to the wagon with the evener for the lead team directly hooked on the tip of the wagon tongue. The use of tandem teams probably indicates a long haul was being undertaken or the haul involved a steep grade. Normally, a single team was used if the haul was just three or four miles and no grades worth mentioning were encountered on the trip. 

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Another year completed for Acres of Hope project

By Ron Krahn

Chairperson

Acres of Hope is a local growing project that raises money for Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB).  Local farmers and businesses grow crops on donated or rented land with as many donated crop inputs (seed, fertilizer, chemical) as possible to raise money to help end world hunger. Our project has been in existence since 1998 and is run by a committee of local farmers and volunteers. For the past 17 years we have had a field in the Rivers area and another field southwest of Oak River. 2015 was the first year without a field close to Rivers, as we were not able to find a parcel of land to farm for the project.  

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Rivers 4-H members busy

By Justin McKee

Club Reporter

Rapid City 4-H Rodeo Club has been busy this fall! We reorganized in September and elected our new executive: president Haillee Addison,vice-president Madison Robins, secretary Daisy McKee, treasurer Lauren McKee, scrapbook keeper Katie Wright and club reporter Justin McKee. We worked at the Bridgeman and Fenty foal sale as a fundraiser. We also brought our horses to Rapid City fairgrounds for a fun day of games on horseback.

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Threshing from the stack

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Photo courtesy of the Manitoba Agricultural Museum. Given the heavy coat the young fireman is wearing, the Black Family is threshing late in the fall. 

By Alex Campbell

Director, Manitoba Agricultural Museum

In the fall of 2014, Mr. Bruce Black of the Brandon area let the Manitoba Agricultural Museum copy negatives of photographs taken on the Black farms in the Brandon area. The Museum was able to digitize the images taken from the negatives. The image here shows threshing from stacks on one of the Black Family’s farms sometime around World War I and contains a wealth of details.

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Global leader in agriculture partners with local companies

By Kira Paterson

Neepawa Banner/Neepawa Press

On Nov. 25, Farmers Edge announced that they will be partnering with Redfern Farm Services and Neepawa-Gladstone Co-op to provide their services to southwestern Manitoba.

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