The story begins a few generations ago. A time when land could be purchased for the simple sum of brawn, tenacity and the want of something to call your own. Clearing fields, building dwellings, planting crops and raising livestock. It was called proving the land, homesteading. It was the start of our western heritage.
The life of a sod-buster was not an easy one. Neighbours were few and far between, but you knew who they were and they were the people you could depend on. They would come from miles away to help put up a barn, bring in the harvest and gather the cattle. The distance didn’t matter between neighbours back then. There was an unwritten code that you would help each other survive. You bartered for things you didn’t have for things they did have - flour, vegetables, harness, chickens, cows, and horses.
“The outsider sees it as a glamorous life until they take the time to do some digging and find out we spend most days racing Mother Nature. Sometimes it’s to get the crops planted and sometimes it’s to get them harvested. Calving doesn’t wait for sunny days and neither does fall round up when an early snow can blizzard its way across the range. We are not immune to floods, wildfires, and droughts, so why do we do this ritual year after year? It’s simple, it’s what we do. It’s part of us. It’s our life. It’s our livelihood.”
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