Agriculture & Rural storyteller
Hi, I’m Lesley, an entrepreneur and prairie girl with a passion for agriculture and people. I am a wife, a mother of 2, and the creator of High Heels and Canola Fields. I am an avid blogger, motivational speaker, podcast co-host, and I helped co-found the Do More Agriculture foundation, a not-for-profit organization that is championing mental health in agriculture across Canada. I have also created Martin Munchies, a snack food line which uses barley locally grown on my family farm. My background includes branding, communications and marketing.
I farm at Watrous, Saskatchewan, Canada. Our farm is a family farm that includes my brother, his family and my husband, Matt and I and our two kids. Our farm is located in central Saskatchewan where we grow a variety of crops like canola, wheat, barley, flax, oats and lentils and our values of a healthy farm, soil and resources and healthy farmers run deep in our soil and hearts. My role on the farm has expanded to manage the financial, human resource and business operations. But I’m not afraid to get dirty and jump in the combine or drive truck when help is needed.
My husband Matt and I share the same passions and values in life – agriculture, hard work, laughter, integrity, kindness and honesty. We have 2 boys, Jennings and Copeland, and it has been such a pleasure and gift to watch our boys grow up on a farm and have them learn the responsibility of caring for the land and the pride that comes with feeding other families. Our children and farm are everything to us, and our lives are completely devoted to living this life to the utmost fullest.
How I Got Started
High Heels and Canola Fields is an established brand that continues to grow within the agriculture and farming community. It consists of social media, blogs, podcasts motivational speaking, and much more. The content revolves around food, farming, family, mental health and agriculture trends and topics that impact farmers and the industry. It was created with the purpose of helping the ag industry make positive and everlasting change. I started the blog using my background and experience in branding and communications in hopes to dispel myths and bring consumers and farmers together, by creating informative content, inspiration and a sense of community.
I expanded the High Heels & Canola Fields brand further, and increased our reach by joining What The Farm podcast, a weekly podcast which explores various topics in food and farming through real life conversations. I am also involved beyond the farm and my company by being involved on agriculture boards and associations: Saskatchewan Wheat and Farm and Food Saskatchewan.
Advocating for mental health is near to my heart and in 2018 and 2019, I was part of the #BellLetsTalk campaign and co-founded the Do More Agriculture Foundation whose mission is to break barriers and create a culture where all producers are encouraged, empowered and supported to take care of their mental well-being.
Through photos and words, I am able to bring you my heart, passion and livelihood. My hope is by spreading seeds of love, light and laughter, I can help brighten another’s day and lift hearts and spirits in our rural communities and across the agriculture industry.
All the comments from High Heels and Canola Fields are my own and not anyone else’s (not of my employer, the partners on my farm, colleagues, friends, etc), unless stated. Please refer to the policies page for further information. I am not an expert. I research topics that are of interest to me and state my opinions on what I have found to help educate others that want to learn more about agriculture and our farm.