What inspires me? Blog-o-sphere

There’s a change happening, dosage dosage a real change, all over the world people are becoming aware of something that they deal with on a daily basis….food.  Its going to blow up all over the internet on April 22nd! People want to know where their food comes from.  From beef to vegetables, the world now is interested how their food ended up on their plate, what’s the back story? What did it take for it to get to me? The realization that it doesn’t just come from the supermarket.  The world is coming around, I was amazed at the ‘homesteading’ section at the book store!  Volumes filled with our grandparents knowledge, the basics that have been lost to so many people.

This change is a movement that will come to explode all over social media on April 22nd.  I was so inspired by this video, it got me all emotional.  The disconnection is a bit foreign to me, growing up on a farm & growing a massive garden my whole life, but I understand how easy it is for people to become detached if they’re not exposed to it.  That is why the farmers need to be the ones getting these people engaged, not necessarily relying on the media alone to get the message out.

Agriculture has come to the forefront and some of our best & brightest have taken up the cause – to get this information out there,  they’re representing all farms: traditional, organic, big or small farms, we care about how we produce food, we’re doing it out of love, we want to stay on the farm.

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#farmvoices is a phenomenon facilitated by farmon.com – a fantastic group of people who are plugging into the young farmers that are social media savy.

“The FarmOn Foundation was formed by a group of young agricultural enthusiasts, from rural Alberta, determined to see the industry thrive and become tangible for new farmers looking to be a part of it.  With Canada losing 60% of their young agricultural producers in the last 15 years, leaving only 9.1% of farmers under the age of 35, it was mission critical to form an organization that existed solely for the benefit of young farmers and seeing them succeed.

As such, the FarmOn Foundation was born, with the mandate to inspire young farmers to action by equipping them with the tools, knowledge and hands on skills needed to increase the profitability of their agricultural businesses.”

I encourage everyone to participate on April 22nd, tweet it, facebook it, blog about it, and most importantly…..LIVE IT

I was raised on a mixed farm (cattle & grain), and as they say, ‘you don’t know what you have ’till its gone’.  My family sold the farm about 20 years ago & not that I ever thought I wouldn’t be living in a rural area, I wish that I’d savored those years more.  I wish I’d savored the family farm a little more. My husband & I live on ‘the colony’ of sorts, we own a portion of the land that our family all uses for pasture for horses & beef cattle.  I mean I’d love to farm more land, have more cows, make more hay, but land is so expensive here, there is no way for us to make that happen. Example?? a quarter section (160 acres) just went up for sale for $4.5 million, yup, my calves would have to poop gold to make that payment to Farm Credit!

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Every time I crack open a hay bale in the dead of winter to feed the animals, it takes me back to those long hot days on the baler;  that smell to me IS summer.  Every day I’m in my garden weeding unending rows of carrots, I think of my grandmother & all the people she fed out of her garden.  They put this land in our hands to carry forward, to nurture & it is our responsibility to help people understand what it is we do & why we do it.

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There’s a change happening, discount a real change, this all over the world people are becoming aware of something that they deal with on a daily basis….food.  Its going to blow up all over the internet on April 22nd! People want to know where their food comes from.  From beef to vegetables, visit web the world now is interested how their food ended up on their plate, what’s the back story? What did it take for it to get to me? The realization that it doesn’t just come from the supermarket.  The world is coming around, I was amazed at the ‘homesteading’ section at the book store!  Volumes filled with our grandparents knowledge, the basics that have been lost to so many people.

This change is a movement that will come to explode all over social media on April 22nd.  I was so inspired by this video, it got me all emotional.  The disconnection is a bit foreign to me, growing up on a farm & growing a massive garden my whole life, but I understand how easy it is for people to become detached if they’re not exposed to it.  That is why the farmers need to be the ones getting these people engaged, not necessarily relying on the media alone to get the message out.

Agriculture has come to the forefront and some of our best & brightest have taken up the cause – to get this information out there,  they’re representing all farms: traditional, organic, big or small farms, we care about how we produce food, we’re doing it out of love, we want to stay on the farm.

902359_10151612825379874_330554248_o

#farmvoices is a phenomenon facilitated by farmon.com – a fantastic group of people who are plugging into the young farmers that are social media savy.

“The FarmOn Foundation was formed by a group of young agricultural enthusiasts, from rural Alberta, determined to see the industry thrive and become tangible for new farmers looking to be a part of it.  With Canada losing 60% of their young agricultural producers in the last 15 years, leaving only 9.1% of farmers under the age of 35, it was mission critical to form an organization that existed solely for the benefit of young farmers and seeing them succeed.

As such, the FarmOn Foundation was born, with the mandate to inspire young farmers to action by equipping them with the tools, knowledge and hands on skills needed to increase the profitability of their agricultural businesses.”

I encourage everyone to participate on April 22nd, tweet it, facebook it, blog about it, and most importantly…..LIVE IT

I was raised on a mixed farm (cattle & grain), and as they say, ‘you don’t know what you have ’till its gone’.  My family sold the farm about 20 years ago & not that I ever thought I wouldn’t be living in a rural area, I wish that I’d savored those years more.  I wish I’d savored the family farm a little more. My husband & I live on ‘the colony’ of sorts, we own a portion of the land that our family all uses for pasture for horses & beef cattle.  I mean I’d love to farm more land, have more cows, make more hay, but land is so expensive here, there is no way for us to make that happen. Example?? a quarter section (160 acres) just went up for sale for $4.5 million, yup, my calves would have to poop gold to make that payment to Farm Credit!

aug08 045

Every time I crack open a hay bale in the dead of winter to feed the animals, it takes me back to those long hot days on the baler;  that smell to me IS summer.  Every day I’m in my garden weeding unending rows of carrots, I think of my grandmother & all the people she fed out of her garden.  They put this land in our hands to carry forward, to nurture & it is our responsibility to help people understand what it is we do & why we do it.

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There’s a change happening, remedy a real change, view all over the world people are becoming aware of something that they deal with on a daily basis….food.  Its going to blow up all over the internet on April 22nd! People want to know where their food comes from.  From beef to vegetables, the world now is interested how their food ended up on their plate, what’s the back story? What did it take for it to get to me? The realization that it doesn’t just come from the supermarket.  The world is coming around, I was amazed at the ‘homesteading’ section at the book store!  Volumes filled with our grandparents knowledge, the basics that have been lost to so many people.

This change is a movement that will come to explode all over social media on April 22nd.  I was so inspired by this video, it got me all emotional.  The disconnection is a bit foreign to me, growing up on a farm & growing a massive garden my whole life, but I understand how easy it is for people to become detached if they’re not exposed to it.  That is why the farmers need to be the ones getting these people engaged, not necessarily relying on the media alone to get the message out.

Agriculture has come to the forefront and some of our best & brightest have taken up the cause – to get this information out there,  they’re representing all farms: traditional, organic, big or small farms, we care about how we produce food, we’re doing it out of love, we want to stay on the farm.

902359_10151612825379874_330554248_o

#farmvoices is a phenomenon facilitated by farmon.com – a fantastic group of people who are plugging into the young farmers that are social media savy.

“The FarmOn Foundation was formed by a group of young agricultural enthusiasts, from rural Alberta, determined to see the industry thrive and become tangible for new farmers looking to be a part of it.  With Canada losing 60% of their young agricultural producers in the last 15 years, leaving only 9.1% of farmers under the age of 35, it was mission critical to form an organization that existed solely for the benefit of young farmers and seeing them succeed.

As such, the FarmOn Foundation was born, with the mandate to inspire young farmers to action by equipping them with the tools, knowledge and hands on skills needed to increase the profitability of their agricultural businesses.”

I encourage everyone to participate on April 22nd, tweet it, facebook it, blog about it, and most importantly…..LIVE IT

I was raised on a mixed farm (cattle & grain), and as they say, ‘you don’t know what you have ’till its gone’.  My family sold the farm about 20 years ago & not that I ever thought I wouldn’t be living in a rural area, I wish that I’d savored those years more.  I wish I’d savored the family farm a little more. My husband & I live on ‘the colony’ of sorts, we own a portion of the land that our family all uses for pasture for horses & beef cattle.  I mean I’d love to farm more land, have more cows, make more hay, but land is so expensive here, there is no way for us to make that happen. Example?? a quarter section (160 acres) just went up for sale for $4.5 million, yup, my calves would have to poop gold to make that payment to Farm Credit!

aug08 045

Every time I crack open a hay bale in the dead of winter to feed the animals, it takes me back to those long hot days on the baler;  that smell to me IS summer.  Every day I’m in my garden weeding unending rows of carrots, I think of my grandmother & all the people she fed out of her garden.  They put this land in our hands to carry forward, to nurture & it is our responsibility to help people understand what it is we do & why we do it.

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This month’s topic in the Blog-O-Sphere group is: What inspires you?

I’ll tell you what inspires me right now….. A DEADLINE!

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There is less than 100 days until the Western Showcase Art Show at Calgary Stampede!! Its a 10 day show with each day open for a minimum of 12 hours/day.  Its a marathon, remedy but well worth it for those artists who are chosen from hundreds of applicants to showcase their work!  I truly believe the Western Oasis is the most beautiful venue on Stampede Park!  Its relaxing, cool on a hot day & filled with beautiful art.  Its hard to explain how fantastic it is without seeing it, so take a minute to watch this video & check out where I’ll be July 5-14.

July seems so far away when I’m still slugging it out in a foot of snow, but it sneaks up in no time at all!

Check out some of the other members of the Blogging Group had to say:

Andes Cruz: http://www.andescruz.wordpress.com

pencilfox:  www.pencilfox.com

Christine Esovoloff: http://christineesovoloff.tumblr.com/

Kathleen Krucoff: http://kathleenkrucoff.wordpress.com/

4 Responses to “What inspires me? Blog-o-sphere”

  1. Suzie Salmon said...

    Your booth was stunning last year Shelagh! Can’t wait to see all the beauties you create for it this year…and hopefully some of them will follow me home.

    BTW…I showed the Mr. the pic of the necklace you’re creating for me right now and he LOVED it. Can’t wait to take it to Europe with me 🙂

  2. andes cruz said...

    yes, being included in that show would definitely be inspiring! and the deadline, lol!

  3. barbaradonovan said...

    Sometimes it’s just that simple: Having an important deadline. Congrats and best of success with the show.

  4. Kathleen Krucoff said...

    Boy you are so right. Deadlines are real motivators! Great displays and best of luck with the show.