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January 29, 2019

Bell Let’s Talk Day is a tough one. It is hard for me because it is a day of constant reminders; a day of reflection on my lowest moments.

My depression and anxiety first manifested when I was about 16 and has stayed with me - ebbing and flowing - throughout the years.

M...

July 13, 2017

In Post #2 in this series, we heard from women on the reasons why they don’t use the term “farmer”.

Many women told me that they aren’t a farmer because they don’t own land, machinery or animals. Or because they do only a small portion of the total farm work required. O...

July 11, 2017

Many women choose to use “farmer’s wife” to describe themselves, their lifestyle and often their additional responsibilities. But what’s the difference between a farmer’s wife and a farmer? If these women have farming responsibilities, why aren’t they farmers?

Interesti...

July 10, 2017

Before we even start on this question, we need to talk about the elephant in the room: we don’t have a standardized definition for the term “farmer”. It means very different things to different people. And after talking to many men and women (farmers and non-farmers),...

July 7, 2017

It seems like a simple question, but I’ve realized the response to “Are you a farmer?” is hella complicated for women.

When Maureen Balsillie, who coordinates this blog, asked me to write a post on why many farming women don’t use the term “farmer” to describe themselve...

September 26, 2016

Despite growing up with agricultural roots, Lindsay Stallman didn’t consider being a part of the industry until opportunities after university led her back to school and back to agriculture. Now the Liaison Officer for the Ontario Agricultural College at the University...

April 7, 2016

After a successful career in government communications, Lois Harris decided to step out of her comfort zone and start her own business. She’s been working as a freelance writer and editor for two years now and loves working for and with the agri-food sector. Read on to...

March 17, 2016

Rayanne Frizzell lives in on Prince Edward Island with her husband Chris and three children Curtis (7), Rachel (5) and Hannah (1). Her career and volunteer work focuses on the planning and execution of large-scale events. She shares with us her experiences as the Gener...

January 29, 2016

Rebecca Hannam is an agricultural communications professional who also spends a lot of her time volunteering. Managing her many commitments and interests can be a struggle, but she’s working to find more balance and lessening harmful stress. She even shares with us her...

January 22, 2016

Becky Parker is a trained teacher who now works in agriculture education. Her recent move to British Columbia has challenged her, but she’s embracing the adventure, experience and opportunity to broaden her own perspective on Canadian agriculture.

The theme of educ...

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