Michael joined Vallotton Farms in 2017 from Switzerland, about 20km from Zurich.
1. Why did you decide to do an agricultural exchange?
The reason why I did an agricultural exchange is to expand my horizon. On one hand my social skills and on the other hand my know-how in agriculture. Of course there was the resason to drive huge machines and trucks, kind of like a childhood dream.
2. What is the main differences you have noticed about farming in Canada/Switzerland?
First of all the size of farm equipment and the farm size itself. Also all the bins to store the grain. We don’t store grain here in Switzerland. We bring it directly to the elevators. The bins we have here are for silage (corn or grass) to feed the cows. Mostly with a augar that scrapes out the content into a feed mixer. Oh there’s another thing, the contracting of grain. We do have contracts but not like in Canada or the States. We have a certain amount of grain especially canola we are allowed to plant. To keep that amount we have to sign a contract.
3. Favorite piece of equipment?
I would say trucks and combines in Canada and the compost spreader in Switzerland. 😊
4.. Favorite Swiss food that you missed the most on your exchange? Favorite Canadian food you miss now back in Switzerland?
As I was in Canada I missed our Swiss chees and bread. Now since I am back back I am missing Teresa's stew and Dairy Queen ice cream.
5. If you could work on, or own a farm anywhere in the world, where would that be & what type of farm/farm size? And/Or, where would you want to do another exchange?
That is a tough question. The world is huge and I haven’t been anywhere 😊 I mean Canada was fantastic and I can imagine to work there again. Farm size not too huge. About 1000 hecatres would be enough. And I need a truck with which I can haul grain. Australia is still a part I haven’t explored yet 😊.