"It's something we can touch, slip in our fingers, admire," he says. It makes sense – he has been growing potatoes in that dirt for 25 years. The son of a dairy farmer in British Columbia, Mike set down roots in Southern Alberta in 1990 with a small plot of land and began exploring the dirt, learning what makes it perfect for potatoes. "Alberta's soil is sandy, which potatoes really like. We plan our crops three to five years ahead to keep the land healthy."