Chops & Crops Farm Family Biography OCT 8 2022 | Consumers and Producers | Blog Post
Chops and Crops 2022 – Farm family profile
Name: Peter Konstapel, Zone 4 Director, Alberta Pulse Growers
Where they farm: Saddle Hills County near Spirit River in northwest Alberta
What they produce: Peas, lentils, canola, wheat, barley, oats.
Family Composition/generation: 3rd generation farm – Peter and his wife Danielle have two children, Lilly and Cooper. They farm alongside Peter’s parents and two brothers.
- How did you get into farming?
I grew up on the farm, so I was always glad to be able to do it.
- What do you love about farming?
I enjoy the lifestyle that gives me time to be with my family. You are very busy during the busy times, but at the times when you are not so busy, you can take time to be with family.
- What other activities are you involved in (outside the farm or association work)?
I am a volunteer firefighter with the local fire department, coach minor hockey, as well as play hockey and curling.
- What types of on farm sustainability practices do you employ?
We practice the 4R nutrient stewardship practices (right source, rate, time and place) that can reduce fertilizer emissions. We also practice zero till or minimum till.
- What excites you about the future of farming?
I’m looking forward to the future of farming with all the technology that’s coming out and the opportunity to expand.
- What concerns you about the future of farming?
I’m most concerned about the political landscape and what will happen with commodity prices, which has become a guessing game for us farmers.