Agriculture

Finding creative ways to write about complex topics makes writing a fun challenge.

With a Bachelor of Science degree and almost a decade of experience working in meat research, Debbie is uniquely qualified to write about agriculture and food. Debbie's research experience has given her knowledge in food safety, microbiology, food quality, and taste analysis. When she interviews a scientist, researcher, or another expert, she understands the topic and knows the right questions to ask. More importantly, she can translate the information provided into a format that can be understood by those who have no background in the area.

One of the most enjoyable agricultural assignments for Debbie was a collection of more than seventy short articles on the history of agriculture in Alberta that was written for Alberta's centennial in 2006. Other assignments have included topics on value-added agricultural products, animal welfare, organic foods, genetically modified foods, and the health benefits of certain oils and grains.

Debbie is a contributing editor to Reach & Discover Magazine, a biannual publication that tells the story of research and innovation taking place in Alberta's agricultural industry.

Debbie has also written a number of articles in the "What's on Your Plate" series for the Edmonton Journal and the Calgary Herald. To review these articles, click here.

To see samples of articles on the History of Agriculture, click here.

“Greenhouses Give Us Winter Welcome” - Bistro Magazine-Edmonton Journal – March 2007

“Greenhouses Give Us Winter Welcome” - Bistro Magazine-Edmonton Journal – March 2007

There's nothing quite like a freshly sliced cucumber, a juicy tomato or a crisp red pepper to brighten up a dreary cold day and make you feel that spring is just around the corner.

“Sweet Success” – Bistro Magazine-Edmonton Journal – Spring 2006

“Sweet Success” – Bistro Magazine-Edmonton Journal – Spring 2006

Orchard Palace has the ring of California or Okanagon in its sweet-sounding name. It's berry patch not oil patch, right?
But there it sits near Brosseau, Alberta, a 90-minute drive northeast of Edmonton, a jewel more than 20 years in the making, the vision of Victor and Elizabeth Chrapko.

“Making History” – Food For Thought Magazine – Winter 2005

“Making History” – Food For Thought Magazine – Winter 2005

Autumn's first frost hangs heavy on the trees as Glenn and Sharon Sharp stroll out of the farmhouse Glenn's grandfather built nearly ninety years ago and survey their barley crop. It's a wet morning or they'd be out in the fields. Instead, they do what every farmer does when it's wet during harvest: worry about the weather.

What's On Your Plate?

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? When it comes to food safety, you may be surprised to learn that the process begins well before the chick is hatched.