Agriculture & Rural storyteller
I’m Lesley, a prairie girl with a passion for agriculture, I am a wife, a mother of 2, and the creator of High Heels and Canola Fields. I am an avid blogger, motivation speaker and podcast 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 snackfood line which uses barley locally grown on my family farm.
I farm with my husband and family at Watrous, Saskatchewan, Canada. Our farm is a family farm, where both my parents, my brother, his family and Matt and I farm together. Our farm is located near Watrous where we grow both GMO (canola) and non-GMO (wheat, barley, flax, oats and lentil) varieties. I am not involved so much in the day-to-day operations, but I do provide my help and expertise in marketing, business strategy, human resources and accounting. But let it be known, 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, sarcasm and 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 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.
Advocating for mental health is near to her 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 telling my farm story, I can help bridge the gap between those involved and not involved in agriculture as we both can learn from one another.
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.