Some say you're born into it. 
Some say it's in your blood. 
But when you grow up here, this is your home. 
And even if you leave, this is where you belong. 

I grew up on a farm not far from the perimeter of Winnipeg. It is, and always will be, my home. 

Not many people understand what farming, let alone family farming, is really all about. I remember going to high school with people who thought cow-tipping was real, and that my house couldn't possibly have electricity. I remember that I wanted to show them what farming really was. I wanted to prove to them that it was more than a bunch of hick people who wore a lot of plaid. 

In 2012 I had the opportunity to do just that. My family farm was in the beginning stages of transition: my dad slowly starting to get out of farming and my brothers deciding if they were wanting to take it on. And I had a major assignment that needed to be considered enough work to earn a years credit - so why not take the two and create something for everyone to enjoy?

It was a long year of standing in fields and interviewing family, but the result is something I'm truly proud of. To me Family to Farm captures not only the transition of the family farm (a challenging decision that many farms are facing right now in Canada), but the heart of what makes a family farm. It shows the beauty of the prairies, the struggles of doing what you love even when it comes a great cost, and the joy of a hard days work. It is my love-letter to my farming home, and to the family that makes it the place where I belong.


Family to Farm is a 35 minute documentary on the transition of the family farm, from one generation to the next. 
It will be premiering mid April 2013.


The time is almost here.
It was a year in the making, but it was welllll worth it. I got a chance to do something I LOVE with the people I LOVE, and now it's time to show it off.
On Thursday I'm standing in front of a rather large crowd and share with them the highs & lows of my IPP Family to Farm. And right now I'm hoping I don't cry tooooo much.
Till then-

family*to farm

It wasn't too long ago when a lovely CreComm friend of mine Emily, asked me to do some photos for what she called a 'small event'. She was hosting an afternoon tea fundraiser to raise awareness for adult eating disorders.
"Oh- for sure!"was my response. Who wouldn't want to help out a friend, take some photos, and have a lovely cup of tea (maybe even a cucumber sandwich?). 
This little event turned out to be a bit bigger than I expected- with 300 guests in attendance and the venue a grand ballroom in the Fort Garry Hotel. There was a buz in the air as people chatted over a cup of specially made tea, and heard stories of how the Health Sciences Centre helps those wanting to overcome eating disorders. 
Not only was it an amazing event to attend, but there was such beautiful attention to the detail woven throughout the afternoon.  

In the end Emily raised over $33,000 for the Health Sciences Centre Adult Eating Disorder program.
All I can say to that is "OHHH SHOOT! Well done girl!" 
And that I can't wait for next years event.


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