International Women’s Day: Celebrating Canadian Women in Ag

International Womens DayWe’re celebrating International Women’s Day 2016 with a nod to all the awesome women in Canadian agriculture.

Did You Know: The latest census from Statistics Canada reported more than 27 per cent of farmers are female. Women can be found in agriculture at every step from farm to fork!

Here are the stories of seven women in Canadian agriculture:

  • Anna, Mark and their children at their farm and butcher shop

    Anna, Mark and their children at their farm and butcher shop

    Anna Haupt (@tealssausage) her husband Mark and their three young children run Teal’s Meats – a provincially licensed butcher shop on their farm in Haldimand County, on the north shore of Lake Erie in Ontario. She also raises a small herd of registered Boer goats. She recounts a morning helping her goats during ‘kidding season’.

  • Megan Veldman (@mveld26) is an Ontario egg farmer, who, together with her family, raises 50,000 laying hens (female chickens that lay eggs for consumption) and 200,000 pullets (young female laying hen raised from one day old until 19 weeks) per year. They also grow crops on 1,500 acres of land. Megan shares a Day in her Life experience here.

    Keisha Rose is a 6th generation potato farmer in Prince Edward Island

    Keisha Rose is a 6th generation potato farmer in Prince Edward Island

  • Keisha Rose (@KeishaLRo) is a 6th generation potato farmer working on my family’s farm in North Lake, Prince Edward Island. She shares what it’s like to plant potatoes in her Day in the Life experience.
  • Wanda Snobelen (@CharolaisWanda) has had a stake in agriculture and the beef business ever since she bought her first Charolais cow at 12 years old. Now she helps harvest nearly 5,000 acres of farmland and raises 120 Charolais cattle of her own, on a family farm in Ripley, Ontario.
  • Sarah Schultz (@NurseLovesFarmr) farms with her husband, his dad and mom, and his sister and brother-in-law in Wheatland County, Alberta. They grow wheat, canola and yellow peas on about 6,300 acres. Sarah writes and shares photos of their farming experience on her blog and social media sites.

    Jess Campbell on the family dairy farm,

    Jess Campbell on the family dairy farm.

  • Jess Campbell (@FreshAirJess) of Bellson Farms near Strathroy, Ontario is a third generation dairy and crop farmer. A country girl turned farm girl, Jess blogs about her farm experiences.
  • Crystal Mackay (@CrystalMackay32) is the Executive Director for Farm & Food Care Canada. She share’s her thoughts on the “food ‘free’ frenzy” here.

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