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When you have a lot of standing water on land you can bet you’ll have a lot of mosquitoes, and it’s hard to find a better control for these blood-sucking pests than the dragonfly.

Building biodiversity on agricultural lands

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

Nature works in whole systems. There are millions of symbiotic relationships that coexist in a single ecosystem. Yet every ecosystem also interacts and relies on the other ecosystems around it. The aquatic ecosystem has a dynamic interaction with the riparian area ecosystem which interacts with the uplands ecosystem which relates to the woodland ecosystem. We […] Read more

Winter water for livestock

Winter water for livestock

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

We have our fair share of drastic weather here in Alberta. In our environment, we can have temperature swings of about 85 C between winter and summer. I have seen a 45-degree shift in a single day. It went from 10 C and dropped to -35 C overnight. These temperature swings are a lot harder […] Read more


“The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.” – Aristotle.

Mind-blowing moments

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

I have been asked numerous times, “Where did you get your education from?” My response is always, “Academia does not have a monopoly on knowledge.” Just to clear the air, I do not have a university degree, but here I am, teaching about agriculture. My working knowledge on regenerative agriculture has come from the hundreds […] Read more

Farmers are the quintessential ‘jack of all trades,’ but continually adding more to your plate can create chaos if it becomes too much to manage.

Mental capacity

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

Are you a “glass half-full” or “half-empty” kind of person? Or maybe your cup runneth over like me? That is me if you were to look inside my mind. It is always overflowing. I only have so much mental capacity. I think we all do to a point. My mind can only hold so much […] Read more


Steve Kenyon has five principles he follows that make up his regenerative grazing strategy.

Regenerating grain land

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

I am not a grain farmer, and as many of you know, I do not like monocultures. I also don’t like tillage, or the use of synthetic fertilizer, or the overuse of chemicals. Some say that I am against grain farming. I would like to set the record straight. Our mission statement at Greener Pastures […] Read more

My Suzuki Sidekick is a very economical vehicle to operate and to repair.

A pickup man

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

In our small world of regenerative agriculture, I have heard quotes at conferences many times that encourage producers to own as little equipment as possible. Put your hand up if you recognize any of these. “Don’t own anything that rusts.” “You shouldn’t own anything bigger than a wheelbarrow.” “Get rid of the iron.” I understand […] Read more


Livin’ on the edge

Livin’ on the edge

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

I like to live right on the edge. That is where all of the excitement is! There is great risk, but also great rewards. I’ve done some pretty crazy things in my life — from sky diving to bull riding — and I love the rush. The edge is a great place to live. Oh […] Read more

When to calve?

When to calve?

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

Seeing as though I am calving out a custom herd of cows right now, that seems like a good topic for this month. I know there are lots of different points of view on the best time to calve. It is not for me to say who is right and who is wrong because every […] Read more


Regenerative grazing is designed to mimic the symbiotic relationships in nature.

The impact of herbivores

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

Grasslands need the herbivore just like the herbivore needs the grasslands. It is a symbiotic relationship that has lasted thousands of years without us. Nature already had this figured out long before humans came into the picture and we need to respect the laws of nature. The problems occur when we try to manipulate nature. […] Read more

What personality style fits you, and why am I a dragonfly? Read on.

Why I need nerds

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

“Delineate in specificity the phantasmagorical conglomeration in your intellectual cranium vacancy.” This was a quote that I memorized in Grade 9. I can still spout it off at any time if I need to end a conversation. It was a quote from Maclean’s magazine, relaying what one politician said to another. If you are not […] Read more