Thankful for Harvest

Sunflowers: planting through harvest 2018

We are thankful to have only one field of sunflowers left to combine before #harvest18 is complete. We are thankful for the help of friends and family as we get our crops into the relative safety of the bins.

We hope to wrap up our harvest this week and be all done by Thanksgiving… We’ll see if Mother Nature has the same plan!

Watch our June and July sunflower video here.

Watch our first ever Sunflower video here.

Save The Date

Save the Date and come to hear us speak - November 18-20 in Winkler, MB at the Manitoba Farm Women's Conference.  This year's conference theme is Putting You on Your To-Do List.  We will be speaking at a select-a-session and moderating a panel discussion.

  • Monday Select-A-Session: You Can’t Have a Family Farm Without the Family – Finding Balance
  • Tuesday Lunch: Women’s Networks in Manitoba –Using Technology to Foster Relationships, Not Just Connections

We would love to meet you in person and celebrate agriculture together with you.

Check out the full line up of speakers at https://www.manitobafarmwomensconference.ca/speakers

Ag Inspiration: Theresa Brown | 3B-Bar Ranch | Texas

There are so many different kinds of agriculture, and so many inspiring women we have met since starting FarmFemmes.  This week we want to share some of these great women and stories with you!

Theresa operates 3B-Bar Ranch with her husband and son.  Both she and her husband work off the farm jobs, while growing 3B-Bar Ranch to what it is today.  Theresa always inspires me as she can as quickly transition from talking IT to cattle, often within the same 5 minute conversation!  She seamlessly blends her expertise, and exposes so many people to agriculture just by sharing what she loves.  She is definitely an ag inspiration!

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1. How long have you been involved with Ag?

For about 23 years.  My husband and I started building our cattle herd around 1996, more as a hobby in the beginning.  We started with just a few commercial cows.  Over the years we added land and cattle.  Today it’s a much bigger and more serious operation.

2. What type of ag are you involved with?

Commercial beef cattle and seed stock Red Angus.  We started the seed stock Red Angus business about four years ago and are still building our program. This is an exciting area where we focus on finding and using the best genetics.  We partner with some of the best Red Angus ranches in the country, which provides lots of opportunity to learn and share.

3. What's your favorite ag memory?

Watching my son and his dad working cattle together.

4. What inspires you about ag?

The people.  There are so many great people in the cattle industry.  Making connections with other ranchers is what makes it so much fun.  

Plus, there is no prettier sight than a group of healthy red cows in tall green grass.

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5. How do you agvocate (social media, memberships, networks, alumni groups, young farmers groups, boards etc.)

We are members of national and local red angus organizations.  Occasionally we get the opportunity to utilize our technical skills from our professional IT careers to help out these organizations with consulting, advice and board positions.

We also leverage social media and the web to promote our cattle and our beliefs.

Want to learn more about 3B-Bar Ranch?  You can connect with Theresa and 3B-Bar Ranch at their website or on Facebook.

Website: http://3b-bar.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/3bbarranch/

You are what you eat

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Every day, farmers, ranchers and fishers work to harvest from the Earth in order to feed the people.  Somewhere along the path of history, this relationship got complex.  The most recent consultation phase regarding changes to Canada’s Food Guide is now closed.  However, it has raised issues about more than just what Canadians choose to consume every day as part of their diet.  It has also raised the issue about how to advocate for your products in a positive and respectful tone.

Eating is a very personal experience.   Each of us make food choices for a variety of reasons:

  • Eating is social.  I learned this first hand when I broke my jaw and had to eat through a straw for six weeks.  But it doesn’t take something that dramatic to see that shared experiences are shaped by food, and food choices are influenced by social experiences.

     

  • Eating is cultural.  We use food to help us celebrate and to help us mourn.  Think of what we would be missing if Folklorama, or Westman Multicultural Festival did not include food and drinks in the guest experience.  Eating is also part of the everyday culture of farming; meals in the field are part of our farm's culture.

     

  • Eating is influenced by economics.  Food security and food diversity are highly dependent on socioeconomic status.  As a society, as communities, and as individuals, we can influence food security and food waste as part of the overall producer/consumer relationship.

     

All of this brings us back to WHY discussions about changing the food guide are so personal.  Sometimes when things get personal, they can also be emotional.  Demand directly impacts producers, and consumers are influenced by government recommendations, so it is understandable that producers have strong feelings about the food supplies they provide.   

As long as we can maintain a positive, respectful dialogue, producers and consumers can work together to support Canada’s evolving food requirements, sustain the environment and support healthy choices for citizens.

We welcome any opportunity to have a conversation about what we grow – feel free to comment below, or contact us directly at Teresa@FarmFemmes.com or Karen@FarmFemmes.com

Global Big Data Conference: Precision Ag

We are looking forward to presenting at the Global Big Data Conference on Artificial Intelligence on Wednesday, in Santa Clara, California!  

This week we'll share the videos we have made for the presentation.  If you like them, please share them on your Facebook or Twitter accounts, we'd love to see how many people we can reach and we'd love your help!