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Everything in One Place

This is my second time teaming up with AgScape for Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month!

Agscape provides factual, balanced, curriculum-linked food literacy programs and resources to Ontario's educators and students. I love working with Agscape and making content to help promote what they do. This year, on top of making a strip, I also made an activity sheet that you can download and use with your kids/students. Download it here. You can also participate in a little contest they have going on social media. You can win one of these rad bandanas, go to their instagram, facebook or twitter page to find out how.


Holstein girls are good girls!

Our farm was a classic tie-stall dairy farm when I was growing up. We sold our quota and equipment in the early 2000s for the same reason many farmers get out of dairy. Go big or get out. Being of the dirt-farmer variety, we had to give it up. We didn't have enough hands and we didn't have enough money.

I look back on my childhood with a great fondness. I was blessed to get to grow up in a dairy barn. I ran around chasing kittens, playing in the hayloft, and doing chores in the manger where all the little calves were. I would feed, water, scrape the gutters clean... my older sister did the same, and she had the added esteemed position of bringing the cows to and from the night pasture and bringing them in for their milking.

Holstein cows are the sweetest breed of cows. They are so curious and playful. They have no issues coming up to you and nibbling on your jacket or licking your skin. I remember them always being so good and gentle. We continued to breed them for years after we sold the quota... part of me wonders if it was because my Grandad didn't have the heart to stop working with them.

I should point out, that Holstein BULLS are the exact opposite. They are crazy friggers who will charge you in a second. They snort, they carry on, they are mean sons-a-bees who have tossed my Mum around a time or two and sent me flying over fence lines more than once.

Now I'm obviously a beef farmer, working with beef breeds. I chose to breed Herefords because they are small and quiet with a very chill personality in both Bulls and Cows. They aren't curious or playful, but they are sweet and really calm. Also, they make excellent mothers which is a good quality in a cow-calf farm where you keep them together until they're ready to go off on their own. We breed our Herfies with a number of other breeds; Charolais, Angus, and Limousin. All these breeds for me have been good to work with. Mostly chill. They look intimidating (especially the Charlies) because they can get so big and chunky, but they're usually very mild-mannered.

I've loved working with all breeds of cows, but I'll always miss working with those Holstein girls. Maybe I should consider going back into relief-milking.... haha, nah. I hate mornings.

What is your favourite breed of cattle?

Which do you prefer to work with? Or if you don't work with cattle or farm, did you know there were multiple breeds of cattle with their own personality traits?


This moon just keeps messing with me!

I love having all my windows open. Even when I first went away to school in the city I always left my windows open (something I learned the hard way was a bad idea but that's another story). I like waking up with the sun in the summer and looking out at the stars at night or the moonlight on the landscape. I never worried about peepers or neighbours because we never had any!

I lived in the city for a while, its where I met my husband, where I was able to get the good (but soul-crushing) jobs, and I was always saddened by the fact that I had to keep my windows closed. It was necessary since most places we lived were facing other people's windows... culture shock is going from no neighbours to virtually sharing dinner with the guy across the fence. I wanted to die.

Husband was raised in the burbs. He was used to close proximity neighbours and the need for privacy through closed blinds. The shoe is on the other foot now, as we are back to the country once more. That constant feeling of claustrophobia is GONE. Now I've got my windows wide open with fields for days. Husband still closes the blinds at night though... he's convinced people who drive by are going to see us and he backs it up with 'the cold air gets through the glass!'. That is the only reason I am allowing this... I hate being cold and this house is freezing. No wood fire here... madness.

So summers are windows open all day and all night, while winter we go back to the blinds down in the evenings... for warmth purposes.

Do you sleep with your windows bare or covered? Is this a city vs country cultural thing or am I crazy?