On our farm we enjoy the privilege of hosting trainees from abroad. Our trainees become part of our family; they work with us and they play with us. Although our trainees come to us with an agriculture background, they often discover things about Canadian Agriculture that make it unique. #CdnAgDay
We are blessed to live in a country where we can freely share our thoughts and feelings with our readers, where women can be equals, and the food that farmers produce is abundant and available. Our country isn't perfect; we haven't always gotten everything right. But it certainly is an amazing country and we are proud to call Canada home.
The Global Economy is alive and well in agriculture. Canadians are blessed with a huge land base and rich natural resources. This means that Canada has a great supply of agricultural products, not only for Canadian markets, but also to export. To celebrate Valentine's Day, we are highlighting the love for Canadian agriculture around the world.
Canadian producers play a key role in the global food economy
- Canada exports $56 billion a year in agriculture and agri-food products.
- Approximately half of everything that Canadian farmers produce is exported as either primary commodities or processed food and beverage products.
- Canadian farmers are the world's largest exporters of flax seed, canola, pulses and durum wheat.
Canadian agriculture exports are diversified.
- Canadian pulse crops (peas, lentils, beans, chickpeas) are exported to over 120 countries.
- Canadian wheat exports were worth $7.9 billion in 2014.
- Since 2010 the value of Canadian soybean exports has grown by approximately 80%.
Canadian farmers know that they help people all over the country ‘eat local’ but they also know the important role that they play in helping to feed the world. Canadian producers have a balance of cooperative spirit and a competitive nature, which serves them at home and abroad.
Share some love with your favorite Canadian farmer this Valentines day.
Canada's agriculture day is February 13, 2018. To celebrate, we will spend this week highlighting some of the reasons that we love farming, how Canadian ag has grown and diversified and how Canadian ag impacts the world. We love farming, farmers and farm life - and we hope it shows. If you have questions about where your food comes from, how farmers care for the environment, how other jobs can support agriculture or about anything else you see on our site please comment below or email us at Karen@farmfemmes.com or Teresa@farmfemmes.com.
We asked Andre some questions about Vallotton Farms - as you can see by his answers, his sense of humor was a great addition to our family.
What are your five favorite farm jobs?
- combining (Mähdrusch)
- driving the grainkart in the sunflower harvest (Den Überladewagen fahren, während der Sonnenblumenernte)
- spraying (Spritzen)
- planting (Aussaat)
- catching cows with Pierre 😉 (Kühe einfangen mit Pierre)
What is your favorite piece of equipment to drive/operate?
Driving the Kubota BX 2350 lawn mover. I never felt so much power under my bum. 😉
( Der Kubota BX 2350 Rasenmähtraktor. Ich hab nie so viel Power unter meinem Hintern gehabt.)
What is one piece of advice you would give to future trainees?
Pack some warm cloth and if you get a fortune cookie, don’t eat the paper that’s inside – the last one might come a few months too late…
What is the best thing about your time at Vallotton Farms?
I can’t choose for a best thing. I enjoyed the time here in general, to be a part of the family and to get included in all the family events was great.
Thank you Vallotton Farms for an awesome year!
( Ich könnte mich nicht für eine Sache entscheiden. Ich habe die Zeit hier genoßen und es war knorke ein Teil der Familie zu sein. Vielen Dank, Vallotton Farms, für dieses großartige Jahr!)
Good luck on your travels Andre! Thanks for all of the laughs... intended and otherwise.
Last but not least! Andre was the first trainee to join our farm this spring and is the last one to leave this fall. He has had many Canadian experiences, including another Canadian farm placement before joining us. We asked Andre to reflect on his overall Canadian experience, and here is what he had to say:
Crazy Canadian Family Times
What are your five favorite Canadian memories?
- The Rocky Mountains (Die Rocky Mountains)
- To be included in the Canadian family life ( Teil einer kanadischen Familie zu sein)
- The Niagara Falls (Die Niagara Fälle)
- The sunsets (Die Sonnenuntergänge)
- The amazing nature (Die großartige Natur)
What are your favorite English words or Canadian expressions?
-you can sleep in tomorrow
What is the best thing about your time in Canada?
To experience the farm life in a different country far away from home.
(Das Landleben in einem anderen Land, weit weg von zuhause, erleben)
We are getting ready to say goodbye to our second trainee... Michael joined us from Switzerland after completing English studies in British Columbia. Here are his reflections on his time in Canada.
1. What are your five favourite Canadian memories? Welche fünf sind deine lieblings Erinnerungen von Kanada?
· Campfires/smores Lagerfeuer/Marshmallow cakes
· Sunrises/sunsets Sonnenauf und Untergang
· Whisky/Rum coke Coca Cola mit Whisky oder Spiced Rum
· Harvesting Ernte
· Summer Trip Sommerferien in BC
2. What are your five favourite English words or Canadian expressions? Welche fünf englische oder Kanadische Wörter sind deine Favoriten?
3. What is the best thing about your time in Canada? Was ist das Beste während der Zeit in Kanada?
E: Canada is a beautiful country. So many different places from east to west and north to south. The nature is magical, many awesome people. Everybody is friendly and helpful. To experience the hospitality is a blessing.
D: Kanada ist ein wunderschönes Land. Viele verschiedene Orte von Ost bis West, von Nord bis Süd. Die Natur ist wundervoll, viele interessante Leute. Jeder ist freundlich, friedlich und hilfsbereit. Die Gastfreundschaft ist einfach toll.
Come back tomorrow to read Michael's reflections about his time at Vallotton Farms.
Saying goodbye pretty much stinks. And I am not good at it.
I also find that it doesn’t matter much if I am saying goodbye for a short time or a long time. Either way I am pretty terrible at it. So V.V., if you are reading this, just be forewarned that you might get a quick goodbye high five as I leave for work. And know that it doesn’t fully capture how happy we were to have you as part of our family.
Top Three Favorite (non-farm) V.V. Stories
3. I get to sit with V.V.!
The drive home from daycare is generally crazy or silent, as it is almost super time at the end of a long day of playing! One evening this month the girls argument was particularly cute:
R: I am going to sit with V.V. when we get home.
A: Me do it!
R: He is going to read to me.
A: No! Me!
R: I said so first.
A: No, Valentin read me.
This goes on for at least a minute… it was too cute to stop it right away.
Me: V.V. has two knees. Maybe you could both sit with V.V.
R: ….. (thinking)….. OK
And sure enough, at the end of supper time V.V. had both girls on his knees playing iPad games. It made this (host) mom’s heart very happy!
2. Catch Me, V.V.!
This is actually an Andre and V.V. story! Andre climbed the tree to retrieve a stray ball at Raquel’s birthday. The ball was HIGH up in the tree. After an unsuccessful attempt to get the ball, Andre decided to jump out of the tree. Unfortunately he only gave V.V. a second of notice after yelling “Catch me” before he jumped. V.V. did not catch him. To tell the truth, even if Andre had given him lots of notice, I am not sure that V.V. would have caught him. Why did I not record this!?!?
1. This fortune cookie tastes funny…
You don’t eat the paper, V.V.! You read the paper. J
So, just in case you don’t get a great goodbye from me in person, this is my way of saying goodbye. I hope you had a great time here, because we had a great time having you as part of our family. I hope that someday we will get to visit you in France. And remember… in about 18 years you might have some Canadian girls looking for an exchange host family.
We asked V.V. about his time at Vallotton Farms and here is what he said...
All in a day's work
I really like swathing, driving the grain cart when I have to go fast, working in the containers to try to fix something and loading bins with Michael.
J’ai vraiment aimé andainer, conduire le transbordeur lorsque je devais conduire rapidement, charger les silos avec Michael.
My favorite pieces of equipment are: Macdon swather, Case Quad Trac, driving the versatile sprayer on the road because it is so fast.
Mon équipment preféré est l’andaineur Macdon.
My advice to future trainees: Don’t hesitate to get up early to swath! Love beer.
Ne pas hésiter à se lever tôt pour aller andainer! Aimer la bière.
The best thing about my time at Vallotton Farms was all of the meals in the fields, the food was always great, and I like when kids came in the tractor because they are really interested by harvest.
Je pense que ce sont tous les repas dans les champs, la nourriture était toujours impressionante et j’ai aimé quand les enfants venaient dans le tracteur parce qu’ils sont passionnés par la moisson.