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Cultivating Gratitude on the Farm

Cultivating Gratitude on the Farm

Gratitude can be a powerful tool for resilience in the face of uncertainty and stressful situations. Uncertainty, fear, isolation, and weather and economic factors on the farm are some examples that can have a significant strain on our mental health. Meanwhile, the...

Five Ways to Beat the Winter Funk

Five Ways to Beat the Winter Funk

Wet shoes, cold hands, fogged-up glasses, freezing temperatures, wind chills and dark days. You may find as the temperature drops with shortened days during the winter, so does our mood. Canadian winters are tough and can bring extra challenges for farmers and those...

Productivity Doesn’t Define Your Worth

Productivity Doesn’t Define Your Worth

Productivity Doesn’t Define Your Worth. Although our societal and cultural norms focus on to-do lists and being busy equates to being productive and provides happiness, this assumption can lead to devastating impacts on our mental health and self-worth. We’ve learned...

You are stronger than you know

You are stronger than you know

You are stronger than you know When I was about 7, I stepped on a nail while I was running outside. Wearing sandals, my foot didn’t stand a chance and the nail went right through it. I screamed and my dad came over, picked me up, carried me to his truck and held my...

Minding Your Mental Health During the Busy Seasons

Minding Your Mental Health During the Busy Seasons

Minding Your Mental Health During the Busy Seasons Farming can be both a rewarding and demanding occupation where farmers experience highs and lows and mounting stress. Everyone feels stress and there can be lots of negative stress on the farm, including ongoing...

What I Know Now: Advice To My Younger Self Ag Edition

What I Know Now: Advice To My Younger Self Ag Edition

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self? Over the last couple of years, I’ve read a few books and articles about what that one piece of advice would be for others, and it got me thinking. What would those in our industry have to say?...