Had you told me 8 years ago when I married a farmer that I would be so passionate about agriculture and sharing our farming story to the world, I would never have believed you. I’m a city girl who married into and fell in love with the farm life. My blog has not only provided me with a platform to share with audiences globally (as with any website), but to have my writing published in print in farming newspapers and magazines in Canada and the United States. I have had the honour of attending farm tours as part of blogging groups and have had travel paid to be an advocate for agriculture at a major trade show, and I learn more and more with every amazing experience brought to me.
However, sometimes I have to support the Canadian farmers that mean the most to me: my family. I was invited by the Chicken Farmers of Canada to attend their latest blogging campaign and tour. I followed along on Tuesday as fellow Canadian bloggers traveled to Ontario to tour a chicken farm, when I had to stay home to support our family farm during the busiest time of year for us: harvest. My husband walks out the door at 8:00 AM after a quick breakfast with his family and I don’t see him until 11:00 PM on most nights, and this goes on for weeks. The only times the boys get to see their dad are when we visit him in the field and most suppers. Even though I missed the actual tour, I’m honoured to have the opportunity to still work with them to spread the message of supporting all Canadian farmers, thank you for compensating this post.
Supporting Local Farmers
I am pro-food choice and to me, it doesn’t matter what kind of food you buy, or how it was raised. What matters the most for me and my family is purchasing food that supports our local farmers, and families like us. I buy flour from wheat that was grown and milled in Alberta and canola oil that was grown and refined in Alberta too; this supports our farm and the crops that we grow. When we go to the grocery store and buy chicken, did you know we are supporting Canadian farmers and that the chicken was very likely raised and processed right in your own province? If you want to know for certain, just ask the meat manager — it’s part of the traceability program! The Chicken Farmers of Canada are very transparent about their farm to table process and as a consumer, I truly appreciate that. I don’t know a lot about animal agriculture, as we only raise crops on our farm, but the great thing about social media is the wealth of information available at your fingertips and the ability to connect with real Canadian farmers.
Canada’s Food Safety
Here in Canada we are so lucky to have the world’s safest food system, tied with Ireland, that is! There are stringent regulations set in place and programs like the Animal Care Program to guarantee high standards of care on Canadian chicken farms. It also ensures that first-rate safety systems and procedures are practiced on every Canadian chicken farm across Canada, allowing Canadian chicken farmers to produce a safe, high quality product for Canadian families. Animals are raised in safe, clean environments from every step of production. 100% of Canada’s chicken farmers are certified on the On Farm Food Safety Program which is audited annually by a third party. We are so privileged as Canadians to have access to the world’s safest food and we can all rest assured that we are buying safe food for our families.
How Can You Support Canadian Farmers?
Buying food raised by a Canadian farmer is certainly one way to support Canadian farmers, and with the election coming up in October, you can also contact your local nominated candidates and let them know how important the Canadian agriculture industry is to you.
I know our farm means the world to us and I want to see Canadian farms thrive for future generations to come!