Episode 126 – Postpartum Depression and Farming with Esther Vandenhoven


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On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll meet Esther Vandenhoven. Esther is a first generation farmer who, along with her husband and two kids, run a 300 head sheep farm in Rimbey, Alberta. Esther grew up in Northern British Columbia and attended Olds College for Equine Sciences then proceeded to get her Bachelors of Science in Equine Management in England.

Recently, Esther has taken the leap from working off the farm to now farming full time with the hopes that they will be able to transition to the farm being their families primary source of income. Esther shares with us her personal experience with growing their operation as well as her experience with postpartum depression as a rural mother.


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Katelyn Duban

Katelyn Duban

Farmer | Podcast Host | Coach

Welcome to Wild Rose Farmer! My name is Katelyn Duban and I am a first generation female farmer in Southern Alberta, Canada. I married into agriculture back in 2016 to my multigenerational farmer husband, affectionately known as Mr. Wild Rose Farmer. We live and grow on our families certified organic grain and oilseed operation. In the Spring and Summer seasons, I raise a small herd of meat goats and have previously raised bottle calves as well.

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