As mentioned in yesterday’s post, Blaine and I got married last weekend. We held our reception on my family’s farm, which is something I have known I wanted to do since I was a little girl. Our farm, and agriculture in general, has tremendous significance to me, so it meant the world that my dreams … More The reality of planning your own wedding
When you work on a farm, it is safe to say that you tend to work rain or shine, to a reasonable extent. Unless the weather is so drastic it is actually preventing you from getting farm work done, the work continues as farming and agriculture are rather time-sensitive. While it makes sense that farm … More Tips for working in extreme heat
I am damn proud to say I come from a farm. I have lived on my family’s farm for my entire life, and I’ve been working on the farm since I was about 11-years-old. I realize that might sound a little jarring to anyone who doesn’t have familiarity with farming and farm families, but we … More Advice from a farm girl, to farm girls
I think it is safe to say that the majority of families involved in agriculture work with each other. This is an observation I have garnered over the years through chatting with other folks who work in farming, and a vast majority of those of us who work in the farming industry work alongside family … More The reality of working with family
If I really wanted, I could keep this post quite short and simply state that being a woman in the agricultural industry isn’t ideal. I could even be so bold to say, with complete honesty, it sucks. But, that would be a very generalizing description, and I think it may be more beneficial if I … More The reality of being a woman in the agricultural industry
Ahhhh, hangovers. As miserable as they are, they’re often an indication of a fun-filled evening that occurred prior to us waking up with a pounding head, which, in a way, is kind of a positive. What isn’t so positive is how awful they can make us feel, and further, how long they can linger and … More Could a vegetable be the cure for hangovers?
As promised, here are more rather nifty and ingenious gardening hacks, brought to you by an article via The Good News Network. “5. Get rid of pests with orange peels: You love your plants, but so do the bugs in your house. What to do? Simply place orange peels around your greens, says @ghibligreenhouse. “6. Make … More Here are some more efficient gardening hacks
Gardening is something a lot of us engage with for different reasons. Some of us garden as a means of de-stressing, or inducing relaxation; others garden to save money by growing their own produce as opposed to having to purchase it from a grocer. Regardless of your own personal reasons behind your gardening habits, it … More Check out these neat gardening hacks
Allow me to clarify right off the bat; when I say the Vikings, I’m referring to the ones that actually walked our planet. Not the ones depicted in the television series titled Vikings, but the show is pretty damn great and I highly recommend it. The series is what has piqued my interest in these … More Read this to learn about the Vikings
Dandelions are like the gift that just keeps on giving. I knew these guys were versatile in terms of what they can be used for, aside from an unwanted lawn fixture, but I guess I wasn’t aware of just how many uses this weed offers. I found an article courtesy of The Good News Network … More Making rubber with … dandelions?
As many of us are already aware, food waste is a tremendous issue on a global scale. It is incredibly frustrating to acknowledge the amount of food that is wasted on a daily basis considering how many people among us are starving, which is why I’ve always been rather passionate about refraining from wasting food. … More Have you heard about this incredible app to fight food waste?
I’m still here going strong, serving up some super cool and super random facts courtesy of bestlifeonline.com. In case you haven’t yet, I highly encourage you to take a look at the website page these facts come from, because while I’m listing the basic facts, each fact has a tidbit of information affiliated with it … More And here are yet some more random facts to liven up your day
Farming, I hope we are all aware, is one of the most significant professions in existence in terms of what it helps to achieve. Without farmers, there wouldn’t be a whole hell of a lot of anything; they produce food and crops to feed the world, to create materials and other resources, and, they’re some … More PSA: farmers need our help
Kitchen scraps, or food scraps, depending on what you prefer to call them, aren’t exactly the easiest things to make use of. It is difficult to come up with a way to incorporate food scraps into your cooking routine, so often times we tend to throw these ingredients away, however, food waste is something I’m … More Here’s how to make use of those kitchen scraps
Within the past couple of years or so, my knowledge, appreciation, and respect for cannabis has exponentially increased. I used to disassociate myself from using anything that contained cannabis because of the stigma associated with it, despite it now being legal in Canada, but after altering my close-minded perception a bit, I’ve certainly garnered a … More Have you used cannabis hair products?
I know, I know. You likely read the title of this post and said to yourself, ‘what in the literal hell?’ which is a rather understandable thought. Peanut butter is a delightful concoction many of us make use of on a daily basis, but it isn’t exactly something that we associate with personality and its … More Here’s how your choice of peanut butter relates to your personality
Wombats, if you’re unfamiliar with them, are a rather adorable critter that are native to Australia. They somewhat resemble a koala bear, although they can be very aggressive when necessary. I find wombats to be quite cute, despite their ability to be ferocious, and although I didn’t think I needed any more incentive to appreciate … More All hail the wombat
Wood, as I hope most of us are aware, comes from our friends known as trees. It’s an increibly multi-purpose material and can be used for a variety of purposes, as we have seen evidence of throughout historical periods as well as current ones. Trees occur in nature. And wood is derived from trees. But … More Growing wood … in a lab?
I’m not the biggest fan of mushrooms. I can appreciate them in the sense they’re incredibly versatile and offer a multitude of benefits to those of us who consume them, but I just cannot get past their texture. I can do button mushrooms from time to time, but not the bigger, badder guys. Blagh. Despite … More Check out these mushroom types and the benefits they offer
With each passing year, we humans are able to witness new developments in technology and innovation that surpass any previous findings. It is pretty spectacular that our fascination, admiration and appreciation of a new development can be quickly redirected towards the newest and best thing, and it goes to show how far we have come … More Making shoes from … mushrooms?
I have always firmly believed in the healing powers animals have to offer to us as human beings. I’m not exactly sure how to explain or describe it, but I myself have experienced comfort and peace in the relationships I have formed with my own pets and animals. I’m certainly not the only person who … More Connecting special needs children with special needs animals
This past Thursday evening, my family and I reluctantly said goodbye to three of our seasonal migrant workers before they headed to Toronto Pearson Airport to catch a flight to go home to Mexico. I say reluctantly because as happy as we are for these men that they are able to return home and see … More The reality of saying goodbye to seasonal migrant workers
Halloween is, without a doubt, my favourite celebratory holiday in a given calendar year. My love for Halloween likely stems from my love for Autumn since they are intertwined with one another, and I doubt my preference for this holiday will diminish anytime soon. I wanted to do a little bit of research and see … More How much do you really know about Halloween?
As of late, I would argue that the concept of ‘farm to table’ meals has gained tremendous popularity. Perhaps this stems from a desire from the general public to have a better understanding of how and where food is produced and prepared, and if so, I think an increase in this meal concept is a … More Looking for a unique dinner experience? Check out Thrive Norfolk
The agricultural industry is a tough one. Farming consists of a significant amount of time, work and effort, and is unfortunately often times at the mercy of Mother Nature. This year has been exceptionally tough for members of the ag industry. Between COVID-19 and the setbacks and complications caused by it and a tremendously dry … More Have you thanked a farmer recently?
We’ve likely all heard the expression that dogs are man’s best friend. I’ve never experienced a point in my life during which our family hasn’t had a dog, and I can personally attest to the common expression stated above, considering our current pup, Jake, is quite literally my best friend. Despite the common knowledge that … More Man’s best friend: dogs or … pigs?
Food waste is a real shame for multiple reasons. Not only could the food in question being tossed or discarded be used to feed someone who could truly use it, but it’s a wasted effort of farmers, truckers, factory workers, food processing plants, and any other profession associated with the food industry. All in all, … More Turning food waste into food bank donations
If you’re a resident of Ontario, you’ve likely noticed that this past couple of weeks have been something out of a sci-fi film regarding the temperatures we are experiencing. With the humidity causing temperatures to feel like 40 degrees Celsius and higher, it’s a bit understandable if you’ve found yourself trying to come up with … More Hello, heatwave
Food waste, as we are all aware, is becoming a significant issue in contemporary society. Wasting food is a terrible practice to become involved with as it simply isn’t necessary, and further, it is incredibly detrimental in a variety of different industries aside from an environmental setting. It hinders the hard work of farmers and … More Banning food waste, one state at a time
Plastic straws, as we are all aware, really aren’t a great concept. Sure, they get the job done, but they’re also responsible for a significant amount of ocean and plastic pollution and further have claimed the lives of many animals who mistakenly ingest them. All in all, they’re not so great. Over the past couple … More Supporting farmers and the environment with paper straws