Prep Week: Are you from around here?

Documentation isn’t glamorous. I get that. But, it is important. So, here we are on post #3 about documentation.

Many farms depend on non-family employees to run their operations. Our farm uses International Rural Exchange Canada to help us find trainees who live with us, work with us and become part of our family farming operation each year. (Want to know what this looks like? ) For us, having an orientation binder has been a helpful tool in preparing trainees for their work on our farm and role in our farm family.

Of course, there are training documents beyond an orientation binder; things like equipment manuals and emergency procedures protocols. However, the orientation package is a first point of reference for questions about “how we do things” on our farm. There are a number of great, and very extensive safety planning tools and human resource manuals available… this is not that. Our orientation binder is a sprinkling of information to get our trainees started on the right foot. Coming to a new farm, in a new country, and living with a new family is overwhelming. Our hope is that the orientation binder provides some information, some reassurances and a promise of more information to come.

If you are an International Rural Exchange host family, a host of trainees through any organization OR just interested in seeing what our orientation binder includes, drop us an email at, comment or direct message us and we will be happy to share our template.

Fun Friday: Zip Line Adventures

One of the great things about agriculture is that you get a chance to not only work hard, but to play hard too.  Enjoying what your own backyard has in store is one of the opportunities we always like to take.  Zip lining at HyWire Adventures gives crop scouting a whole new meaning and the view is really cool (especially upside down).  The 8 line zip line tour gives plenty of time to check out the fields, the Pembina Valley and to have a few friendly competitions on the racing zip line.  

Hope you enjoy the Go Pro footage we captured while zip lining - and maybe join us next year?