Hello friends and welcome to the Prairie Serf.
Modern farming has come a long way in the past hundred years; the changes so vast, so drastic that the pioneers who first broke the prairies would hardly recognize their own trade. New technologies and techniques have allowed the modern family farm, once capable of tending to only a few small patches of land, to grow to cover hundreds or even thousands of acres, all while doubling or even tripling the productivity of the land.
Of course, the repercussions of these changes have had global consequences. Not only have these advancements in agriculture allowed us to feed the world’s ever growing population, entire communities have reshaped their expectations concerning the quality, quantity and type of food available to them.
Consumers have changed too. Coinciding with these drastic changes in food production, individuals are becoming increasingly curious and, subsequently, knowledgeable about the products they consume. Simply put, the public wants to know where their food comes from and more importantly, how it is produced.
So, how does a knowledgeable consumer stay updated on the latest issues facing agriculture?
Enter the Prairie Serf.
The Prairie Serf is an agricultural blog dedicated to discussing the past, present and future of the great Canadian farm. With a focus on the relationship between modern agricultural science and traditional farming practices, the Prairie Serf aims to take the issues facing farmers today, and make them accessible to the general public.
Central to this goal is perspective. While the Prairie Serf understands the variety of opinion and controversy encapsulating many agricultural issues, it is our goal to help the informed consumer understand why farmers make the choices they make and, ultimately, how it affects the products that end up on their table.
Over the months and years to come, it is our mission to present you, our readership, with the highest quality articles discussing the most relevant topics in modern agriculture. Issues of particular interest to us include:
- Soil health and a focus on rejuvenation
- Agriculture on a global scale — past, present and future
- The evolution of the family farm; the new normal
- What the future of western Canadian agriculture holds
- Technology’s fit on the farm
- Challenges facing traditional farmers and how modern agriculture is responding
- Modern agricultural practices and how they affect consumer values
By exploring these topics, and more, in detail it is our hope to lift the rug and show the inner workings and underlying motives that drive development in modern Canadian agriculture. We hope you join us as we delve in, and examine various aspects of the Canadian agricultural complex.
Moving forward the Prairie Serf plans to release new articles every month, so be sure to check back regularly for latest posts. And of course, we’d love to hear from you — all comments and feedback are welcome.
The Prairie Serf