Show some respect

I'm upset. I've been silently fuming over this for the past several days. Ontario dairy and grain farmer Andrew Campbell is posting a new photo of what happens on the farm every day in 2015 and tagging it with the hashtag #farm365. The first photo of the year featured a newborn heifer that was born at 1:40... Continue Reading →

My First #Felfies

The "felfie" aka "farm selfie" is taking the social media world by storm. The Irish Farmer’s Journal popularized felfies by launching a contest for Ireland’s greatest farm selfie. The trend has even been talked about in the Toronto Star newspaper. So when I travelled home to my family farm recently, I thought I better get in on the action, so... Continue Reading →

Successful Marketing requires Listening

"You have TWO ears and ONE mouth for a reason."  Lately, I've heard this said a few times, and although it may be overused, I like it because it makes a good point. In a nutshell - listen more, speak less. It's a simple concept yet difficult for many people. Back in high school I... Continue Reading →

Back in the Saddle

Last week I had the opportunity to go on a two-hour trail ride near Banff, Alberta with some colleagues. It was a beautiful day for a leisurely ride surrounded by mountains, trees and rivers. My white horse named Snoopy was in no hurry to get anywhere. I occasionally had to get him moving a bit... Continue Reading →

Carving up controversy: PETA is at it again

With Canadian Thanksgiving approaching, the animal rights group PETA has decided to once again target turkeys. But this time, not only do they have their eyes set on turkeys, but also on our children. The new marketing campaign includes billboards in all major Canadian cities that read, "Kids: If you wouldn't eat your dog, why... Continue Reading →

This is Not a Glorified Petting Zoo

I spent last weekend volunteering at Aggie Days in Calgary surrounded by kids and strollers. I did some people watching and couldn't help but notice how excited the kids were to see all the animals, machinery etc. These things are a novelty for city kids (the majority of Aggie Days attendees are urban folks). I... Continue Reading →

Aggie Days is Back with More New Exciting Displays

Last year I volunteered at the Calgary Stampede Aggie Days and had a great time. Read all about it in last year's blog post. This year I was invited to join the Aggie Days social media committee. I wrote a preview blog post featuring the new exciting displays at this year's event for the Calgary Stampede blog.... Continue Reading →

Where’s Rudolph?

Several years ago while backpacking in Europe I visited my friend Josefin in Sweden. She grew up in northern Sweden, above the Arctic Circle. And a special kind of deer are farmed in this area - reindeer. This past weekend I found these special animals at a Christmas market near Calgary, Alberta. They were a... Continue Reading →

Swapping Ag Goodies

At last week's Agvocacy 2.0 conference I had the opportunity to learn about agriculture in other areas of Canada and the United States through a swap meet where we exchanged ag items that represented our region with items from other areas. (To read more about my experience at the AgChat Foundation conference click here). I... Continue Reading →

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