On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast you’ll meet Canadian dairy producer Sarah Sache. Sarah operates West River Farm Ltd. in Rosedale, BC alongside her husband Gene and brother in law Grant. In her twelve years farming she has worked to become well connected in the dairy industry and agriculture community both locally and nationally, presently serving as Vice Chair of the BC Dairy Association. Sarah has a true passion for industry leadership and communicating modern dairy farming to consumers, stakeholders and policy makers. She loves connecting with other farmers and consumers on Instagram and shares regularly about her life on the farm raising two young sons, running a family farm business, raking grass when the sun shines, and attending a lot of meetings.
A message from Katelyn
I want to take a few moments to talk to you all about something that has been heavy on my heart, as I am sure it has been on yours too. The past few weeks have been riddled with unconscionable incidents of anti-Black racism and police brutality against Black people. Most notably, George Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed Black man, died after being arrested by police outside a store in Minneapolis, Minn. My thoughts and prayers are with George’s children, family and friends.
Sadly, these stories are all too common. We only hear about the ones caught on video or the ones the media decides to cover. It has been said that when we choose not to speak against injustice, it’s assumed our silence means we agree with or are OK with the incident (or the outcome). Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
The time for silence and being ‘okay with it’ is over. It’s time to move. It’s time to learn and listen. And it starts with each and every one of us.
I have seen many many people and companies posting on social media that they are standing with black, indigenous, and people of color which is great – but I am asking, and I hope you are too – what is their plan of action. What is next after you take a stand because going back to silence because it’s hard to navigate and its uncomfortable is no longer okay.
I’m here today to tell you what I am doing right now and tell you the listener of The Rural Woman Podcast what my promise is to you. I started this podcast to showcase the stories in agriculture that have not been told, that have not been shared, that have not been celebrated. I was so tired of feeling like our voices didn’t matter as women in this industry. And now as I sit here and reflect on the last 58 episodes I have done I know I have missed the mark. I have left out the stories of black, indigenous, women of color and for that I am sorry and I will do better.
If you yourself are wondering what actions you can take to educate yourself and answer the question – what can I do – I’m going to leave some resources I have personally found helpful in the show notes. But please, don’t stop there. We need to keep learning, listening, and acknowledging that until all lives matter, black lives matter.
One last thing I am going to say before we get to today’s episode is that I have made the decision to donate 100% of the profits from SHOP WildRoseFarmer for the month of June to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Where their mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Robin DiAngelo | How to Be an Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi | Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor Layla F. Saad
When They See Us | I Am Not Your Negro | 13th | Systemic Racism Explained
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