‘Mangalitsa pig farmers! How did that happen?’
My ‘background’ really took form when I was studying Agriculture at the University of Guelph, majoring in Animal Science. After I graduated I made the decision to move out west to Alberta to purse my dream of working with farmers. The end goal, of course, was to eventually own my own farm.
I began working as an agronomist in southern Alberta, which is how I met my husband Andy. We both worked within the agriculture industry, and soon found out that we shared the same goals – to one day own a farm! It was meant to be!
It was later in the spring of 2016 that our dream finally came true and we, along with our two sons, purchased a family farm – we were officially farmers! We sold the old house remaining on the property near Strathmore, Alberta and began the construction of our very own new home, looking forward to the day when we would live and grow old on this beautiful acreage.
While construction continued, we tried to decide what we wanted to do on our newfound farm. There were a couple of barns on the acreage and we spent some time brainstorming what we could fill them with. Whatever it was, we concluded, we wanted it to be unique and different! It wasn’t until after much research that we came across a unique opportunity. We chose a slightly different path than many would normally think of when considering ‘farming in Alberta’ …