I grew up on a large feedlot and grain farm in central Saskatchewan. From an early age we were working on the farm doing anything from checking pens to hauling manure to harvesting to feeding. Not only did we end up with farm jobs but we ended up stocking every kind of animal there was just to “give us the experience”.
And from the first flock of chickens on I was hooked. I couldn’t wait to come home from school and play with whatever livestock animal we had at the time.
It was only natural for me to go into Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan where I came away with a BSc in Animal Science and an MSc in Large Animal Behaviour.
Throughout my career I’ve done everything from feed sales to research and I can’t imagine anywhere else I’d like to be. I’m a self-professed agriculture agvocate, horse junky and livestock enthusiast.
I am a part of a profession that helps to feed the world, what could be more noble!
I was born on a crop farm and, as a kid, complained about all of the usual things that farm kids complain about – picking stones, the long walk down our farm lane to the bus in the morning, mandatory morning chores and the fact that it was so much more difficult for me to participate in the same extra curricular activities that my friends did – because of the distance I lived from the school.
When I finished high school, I couldn’t get away from the farm fast enough, leaving to pursue an English degree at university. I proudly started my dream career as a junior reporter at a small town newspaper immediately after graduation.
It was there that I learned there was a lot of truth in the saying “You can take the girl off the farm but you can’t take the farm out of the girl!”
As that career progressed, I found myself being assigned more and more of the farm stories (likely because I complained loud and long when others didn’t understand the issues as well as I thought they should.)
More than a decade ago, I came back to the farm, so to speak, when I made the decision to become an agricultural communicator. With less than two percent of the Canadian population now farming, the communications challenge can often be daunting and I never know when I’ll be called upon to answer questions and dispel myths about Canadian food and farming . It has happened at a family reunions, at dinner parties, in the grocery store and even while waiting to board a plane!
I’m proud to work for Canadian farmers and I never tire of hearing (or sharing) their stories. They’re a modest bunch who aren’t used to the limelight. Yet, when you take the time to ask the questions, you hear of their passion for the land, their animals and their farm families. We look forward to sharing some of their stories – as well as delving deeper into some of the issues they face – in this blog.
Nearly every job I’ve had over the past two decades has centred on agriculture.
From working with pigs and beef cattle on neighbouring farms to hoeing weeds and driving the planter, I learned quite a bit, and developed a strong affection for everything rural.
With such a strong affinity for fields and farm critters, though, I figured sharing my knowledge on the subject might be a good idea. So, a handful of years ago, I moved a few hours north and started trying my hand at a completely different side of the industry. I am now going on my fifth year in the realm of communications and journalism, and have ever-more to tell.
In my spare time I play music, read, and when time permits, head south to do my part on the family farm.