Episode 166 – From Tech to Regenerative Agriculture with Sarah Riedner

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“City girl gets tired of a life in the tech sector. Longing for more hands-on work, fresh air, simple living, and a way to contribute to the local food movement, she & her husband buy a farm. Faith-filled & driven by a soulful desire to bring awareness to ethical & regenerative farming, the couple {now parents to two young boys}, embark on a journey, they’ll never forget.”

Heard that one before? Probably not. Although, by no means entirely unique, it’s not exactly the typical family story.

Sarah Riedner still considers herself a newbie farmer. She and her husband are both first-generation farmers and started officially farming in 2017, although they had been doing urban farming in the backyards of Calgary prior to that. Her farm, Happiness By The Acre, is located just outside of Didsbury, AB on 153 acres of prairie grazing land and riparian areas.

Sarah primarily considers herself the “crazy chicken lady”, although she has also earned the title of “cow whisperer” over the years. Her farm has a mix of livestock including, pastured laying hens, heritage breed Kunekune pigs, grass-fed steers, and free-range ducks. During the summer months, the farm also hosts a herd of cattle from their friend’s cow-calf operation.

Mom of two young boys, she is still learning to integrate her passions into their daily family life with the farm as the primary business, while also navigating mental illness & trauma. Sarah admits the dream of “simple living on a farm” is not what she expected, but the life lessons have been worth every minute.


On February 15, 2023, people across the country will celebrate the food they love and those who work hard to produce it. In addition to being a day that celebrates farmers, producers and all participants of the agri-food industry, Canada’s Agriculture Day is one of the few times that consumers can hear the industry speak with one voice.

Canada’s Ag Day is a day for farmers to share their pride and their love of food.

No matter how you get social, make sure to use #CdnAgDay when you do.

Check out our website for more resources at agday.ca


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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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