Posts Tagged With: family farms

Did Someone Say ‘Long Weekend’? Not for these Farm Kids. 

Members of the Kelvington 4H Grain club are learning all to soon that at certain times of the year, holidays and long weekends don’t mean much to a farmer. Seasonal work doesn’t wait so holidays have to. Often farmers schedules offer them alternative times to celebrate or relax, like during the winter. But these sort of self regulated holidays don’t work very well when you are a student and a school division sets your schedule. Which is even more reason to be impressed that some of our club members gave up their day off at home to go to another school and learn!

This years field trip for our club may sound a little boring, but it was packed full of new experiences and information that directly applied to what we are learning about in a 4H Grain Club. Early on in the year I set out on a mission to find someone that would address the issue of the importance of biotechnology and plant genetics in modern day agriculture (after some great tour suggestions by the parents in our club). If you follow my writing at all you will know how I feel about farmers educating ourselves so we have the ability to answer tough questions and can help educate consumers. Who better to learn about this topic from than some university professors or research heads! The problem was, these people have actual jobs that keep them very busy and most 13-16 year olds aren’t interested in doing lab tours. This was definitely a new request for many of the people I contacted. To say I had a little trouble getting people to respond to our bright ‘4H club tour’ idea, would be a bit of an understatement.

Just as I was ready to give up and started discussing alternate tour options with the club leaders, a lone person responded to my requests. Dr. Martin Erlandson (research scientist – microbiology, insect virology) of Ag Canada answered the phone one day and offered to see what he could do to help us out. I’m not sure what hoops he and the administration had to jump through but they got us in and did a great job showing our club the work that is done at the Agriculture and AgriFood Canada Saskatoon Research Centre. The North East 4H office (thanks Jodi Schellenberg) helped me get in touch with Alicia Wehrkamp at the University and with her assistance we had a full day of learning on the U of S campus!

Continue reading

Categories: 4H, Agvocacy, Ask a Farmer, Community, Family Farming, Farming, Saskatchewan, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Learning How To Be a Good ‘In Law” On a Family Farm Or In a Family Business

jones family

I have really struggled with how I want to represent this blog and myself on this blog.  Should I focus on parenting, technology, or giving voice to the 2% of us that feed the other 98%?  I follow so many wonderful Agriculture advocating blogs (aka agvocates).  Some write about new equipment, some about biotechnology, and others share wonderful recipes and stories about their toddlers.  While I love all of these posts my children are getting older (8 and 11), I do not have a degree in any science related field, my hubby and father in law (FIL) are the equipment experts on our operation and I am just not sure what my area of expertise is!  I have many blog posts started and because of this struggle I have not been able to decide which ones to finish.  So I have come to the conclusion that my blog needs to be about a little of everything because that is what the role of a farm wife requires, a little bit of everything every single day.  Although my passion lies in sharing stories about the positives and possibilities of biotechnology and the realities of modern day farming operations, today I am writing about another issue; how it feels to wear the hat of the ‘daughter in law’ in a family business.

Being the one to marry into a family business is a difficult task indeed.  Often work routines, beliefs, values, and pay structures have already been established.  Although the new ‘in law’ has often been raised by an entirely different set of values, this person is sometimes expected to abandon their previous experiences and ‘go with the flow’.  Opposition or voicing new ideas can be viewed by other members of the business as causing trouble.

Continue reading

Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | 14 Comments

Blog at WordPress.com.

A Year in the Life of a Farmer

The joys, trials and tribulations of farming in southern Saskatchewan.

HawaiiFarmersDaughter

Adventures of a farmer's daughter in Hawaii

SLEUTH 4 HEALTH

A Blog For the Rational Public. The Real Truth About GMOs & Other Stuff

Illinois Farm Girl

a look at the ever changing face of agriculture

Rural Route Ramblings

Farm girl. Farmer's daughter. Ag marketer. Ag volunteer. Outdoor enthusiast. Fashion lover.

My Other More Exciting Self

Farm Raised | Shoe Enthusiast | Wine Lover | Mom

Nurse Loves Farmer

Nurse. Farm wife. Boy mom. Believer.

Camistry

A study of Agriculture, Science, Society and other Stuff of Life.

Stray Kernels

Random musings from DeKalb County Farm Bureau Ag Literacy

jasonagronomy

A fine WordPress.com site

Random Rationality

Biting Off More Than I Can Chew...

Agriculture Today

a look at the ever changing face of agriculture

Minnesota Farm Living

Connecting consumers with the farmers who grow their food

The Foodie Farmer

a look at the ever changing face of agriculture

Agriculture Proud

Cattle Ranching | Agriculture | Food | #TeamBeef | Trail Running | Travel

Dairy Carrie

Live, Love, Eat Cheese