On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll get to hear from Lesley Kelly. She’s a wife, mom, marketer and farmer from Saskatchewan. Lesley has many passions which include advocating for farmer’s mental health and spreading the love of farming – one seed at a time.
Lesley is the head and heart behind the blog, High Heels & Canola Fields. She grew up on her family’s grain farm at Watrous, Saskatchewan where her and husband currently operate with her brother and dad. After gaining an education in marketing and accounting, went on to work in various marketing and branding positions in the ag sector, such as Cargill, ATB Financial, Farm Credit Canada and is currently the Brand Manager at WorkHorse Hub.
Over the years, Lesley and her family have come to realize that a successful operation hinges on the general well-being of the farmer. They now make mental health a priority. Talking about it has become part of their day-to-day life and they openly discuss the challenges they face, both large and small. They don’t shy away from these topics, which takes the stigma out of them. Lesley has even addressed some in her blog and videos. Her goal is to help make the industry stronger and one way is to help break down the culture of “toughness” encouraged among farmers so that they, too, can talk openly about mental health.
Lesley, along with other co founders, started the Do More Agriculture Foundation. They are champions for the mental wellbeing of all Canadian producers and are changing the culture of Agriculture to one where all producers are encouraged, supported and empowered to take care of their mental wellbeing.
For information about the Do More Agricultre Foundation, please visit their website.
Review of The Week
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ – Kj flowers via Apple Podcasts
A great showcase of the role women play on the farm. Always inspiring and encouraging.
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