Wednesday 1 April 2015

A to Z Blogging Challenge: A is for Alfalfa

Today kicks off the A-Z Blogging Challenge, the annual event where hundreds of bloggers write 26 blogs—one for each letter of the alphabet—and post them each day of the month, except Sundays. This year, I’m blogging about: THINGS THAT GROW IN ALBERTA. (Spoiler alert: C is for Canola!) Don’t forget to check back daily and leave a comment on my blog, Facebook page, Twitter, Tumblr or via email at I’ll randomly pick a few winners who will receive a SIGNED copy of one of the Chase “Superman Duffy” comics.

Ready? Set. GO!

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Have you seen the big rolls a lot of farmers have in their fields? Covered in plastic or left bare, many of those rolls are made from ALFALFA—one of the most useful and widely grown hay crops in the world.

A large number of Alberta’s ALFALFA crop goes toward feeding farm animals because it’s high in protein and contains a highly digestible fiber. (You’ve probably seen cows eating it!)

It might look cool in the movies, but I’d probably refrain from eating ALFALFA hay—though the crop has been used as an herbal medicine for more than 1500 years (aka: a LONG time).

ALFALFA is a great Alberta crop. Not only is it resistant to drought (extended periods of time without rain/moisture), when it’s planted with other grasses, it helps prevent soil erosion.

SPEAKING OF SOIL… Have you read Beneath the SOIL? Comment below (or on my Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr) for a chance to WIN a signed copy for yourself!

Gotta jet! See you tomorrow for the letter B.

— Chase Superman Duffy


  1. I'd never thought much about alfalfa before. Thanks for teaching me something new today!

    1. Hi Molly — thanks for stopping by. And congrats! You are yesterday's winner of BENEATH THE SOIL. Please email your address to and I'll put it in the mail right away.

  2. Hi there!
    I’m stopping by during the A to Z Challenge. I enjoyed stopping by and hope you get the chance to check out my blog sometime during this month. I’m a children’s book author and I’m reviewing different books. Good luck with the challenge!
    Take care,
    Donna L Martin

    1. Hi Donna,
      I will absolutely check out your blog. I love to read and write (as well as run), and I'm sure your book reviews will give me some great ideas for what to read next.