We’re putting the spotlight on Canadian farmer bloggers. Each month, we’ll feature a different farmer blogger to uncover a bit about life behind the blog, on their family farm.
Here’s what Sarah had to say about blogging and her family’s farm in our Q and A.
RealDirt: When and why did you start blogging?
Sarah: I started blogging in October 2009 to document the end of my first pregnancy with family and friends back home in Edmonton. I actually used to blog in high school before blogging was really a “thing” and I was excited to get back into writing.
RealDirt: Tell us briefly about your farm
Sarah: Our farm is about an hour east of Calgary in the heart of Wheatland County. My husband is the fourth generation, which means we are raising the fifth generation of farmers, and that’s very special to us. Jay’s great-grandfather bought this very land we are still farming on with bushels of wheat, and we still grow wheat to this day. Along with wheat we grow canola and yellow peas on about 6,300 acres with Jay’s dad and our brother-in-law Craig.
RealDirt: Who do you farm with and what are everyone’s responsibilities?
Sarah: My husband and I farm with his dad and mom, and his sister and brother-in-law. The guys do all the field work, equipment maintenance and planning, and the ladies of the family cook, bake, help as needed to move machinery and equipment, and do parts runs. For me specifically, along with raising the kids while my husband is working hard, I’m also in the background writing about it all, taking photos, and sharing it on my blog and on social media.
RealDirt: What do you love most about farming?
Sarah: What I love most about farming is working with our family. It’s an extremely great environment to raise our kids – seeing how hard their dad, grandpa and uncle work on the farm as well as how hard their mom, grandma and aunt work in the background.
RealDirt: What has been the most challenging part of farming for you?
Sarah: The hardest thing for me as a farm mom is spending about three months total every year as a single parent when my husband is so busy working in the field for seeding, spraying and harvest.
RealDirt: What is the biggest misconception about your type of farming?
Sarah: It’s hard to pick out just one misconception when you grow “toxic wheat” and “evil GMO” canola, and use glyphosate as a herbicide on your farm! To sum all of that up, the biggest misconception is that the food that we are growing and how we are growing it is unsafe and “toxic”.
RealDirt: When you’re not farming and blogging, how do you like to spend your time?
Sarah: I like to reconnect with my husband whether it’s date nights in, having Netflix marathons or having an date in the big city. I also make a point of having a designated “day off” every month (as the farming seasons allow it) to have a day to myself to go shopping or out to dinner with girlfriends. I also love cooking and baking and spend most of my time in my kitchen. As the kids get older we’re also spending lots of time in arenas as they learn to skate and play hockey, and this is a dream come true of mine: to be a hockey mom!
RealDirt: What is one message you’d like to get across about what you do?
Sarah: The food we grow on our farm and how we grow it is safe. We open our doors to the public in online spaces by sharing stories, photos and videos. We welcome questions and concerns and will do our best to answer any questions anyone has.
RealDirt: What advice would you give to anyone interested in getting into farming?
Sarah: Never stop learning. Today’s information-rich social media world makes it easier than ever to connect with agriculture experts across the globe, it’s an amazing industry to be a part of.
Be sure to check out Sarah’s blog at www.nurselovesfarmer.com.