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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Ihu.sdoy, April 13, 1972 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAVD 19 Arctic only farming frontier left to conquer Farmers who yearn for an- ollicr frontier Lo conquer have one loft in Canada Hie hutfe Northwest, including the North- west and Yukon Territories and noi lliern Albci ta and Hrilisli Columbia. Bill the odds against success arc stacked even higher than they were against llic farmers who opened frontiers in Ixitler i'li mates. Every year hundreds of peo- ple inquire about farming in I he Canadian Arctic. They can call on 70 years of scientific research by the Can- ada department of agriculture to learn about some of the chal- lenges they will face and some of tlic ways to overcome them. The findings have been con- densed into a publication called "Farming Potential of the Ca- nadian Copies are available, free of charge, from I he information division of the Canada department of agricul- ture, Ottawa, KIA OC7, publica- tion number The main attraction for farm- es in the Northwest is the low price of land and the high prices of most products. As new commun i t i c s arc launched and existing ones ex- pand, the demand for farm products will increase. But there nrc many disad- vantages. Yields arc general- ly only 70 per cent of those ob- tainable in the Peace River re- gion. Markets are limited, restrict- ing the amount of mechaniza- tion dial can be used profitably. The cost of bringing in equip- ment and supplies is li i g h. There arc no low-interest farm loans or other financial assis- tance. There arc no agricul- tural extension or veterinary services. There are no dealers to supply agricultural machin- ery, fertilizer, spare pnrls, feed supplements, veterinary sup- plies or to repair equipment. There are no organized mar- keting systems. The successful farmer will be forced to he bis own buyer, grower, repairman, veterinar- ian, processor and salesman, lie must be an experienced manager and ensure that every bit of machinery, fertilizer and other .supplies arc on hand when required. The research conducted by Canadian scientists has shown Hint crops such as cabbage, lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli and oilier garden produce can he grown successfully as far north .'is Inuvik. Those who want to start a tfardcti are advised lo locate near river.s and lakes, which moderate tho t-lima-lp, and lo stay away from deep, narrow valleys. The climate can be improved hy: a puth through trees at the hotlom of a .slope to provide an escape alley for cold nir. a shcUerbeU to re- duce wind. irrigating llic crop to protect against frosts. (As little as .12 of an inch of water per hour freezing with air temperatures as low as 13 degrees F.) -using clear polyethylene mulches which increase soil temperatures as much as 12 de- grees. combining there mulches Mill' ridges, increasing temper- atures by as m nc h as Ifi de- fjrec.s. using plastic and glass shel- ters lo raise nir temperatures nnd to protect plants from some frosls. Surveys bavc F b o w n that there are acres of arnblo land in the Takhini and De-ca- dcash valleys of the Yukon Ter- ritory (along the Alaska High- way from Whilrhorsc to llaincs acres En the Laird Ilivor from the Urilish west Territories (along t'no La'rd River from the Hritish Columbia torics border north lo the Mac- kenzie; acres in the upper Mackenzie Ilivcr area; acres in the Northwest Tcrri- Slave River lowland area, and acres in the Fort Nc-kon area of British Columbia. About 174 mi I lion acres a re currently farmed in all of Can- ada. ONS-SEARS 12 ft. Deluxe Car lop Boa! Aluminum boot wtighs 123 Ibs. and has o rapncity for 660 Ibs. Rnlcct (or 15 h.p. motor. 3 keels, foam ftoalallon. 3 wooden seals. 11 IE. Car top Boat Rolod for 6 h.p. molor, llvs bocl only 105 cmd con lake a load vfi to 465 ILs. 3 mull and Alton marine aluminum ImlL 5.5 Hor.ss1 power Outboard 279.98 De-luxe molor reis forward and nculrnt plui 3AO degree pivot for Air cooled ir.ofor. wnlcr cnolcd Icn Weighs only 40 Ibn. 2 year monulac- lurcr'i wnrran'y. 3.5 Scars Air Cooled Oullmiird iUotor 159.98 Designed for I tit? cost conscious f i sh- e-cm a ri. Single cyl incJcr, two-cycle en- gine. 360 degree pivot for reverse. Wc-ighs only 32 Ibs. STORE HOURS: Open Doity 9 am. to p.m. Ihursdny and Fridny 9 om lo 9 p.m. Cenlre Village. Tek-phnne ;