Episode 176 – Growing Up on the Farm: Navigating Challenges and Raising a Family with Arlene Hunter

Growing Up on the Farm: Navigating Challenges and Raising a Family

with Arlene Hunter

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Arlene and her husband Hugh own and operate Maple-Ain Farms limited near Smiths Falls, Ontario. A 6th generation family farm, Maple-Ain is home to their herd of purebred Holsteins and one Jersey. They also grow corn, soybeans and hay and are raising their 4 children on the farm, ages 17, 14, 12 and 7.

Arlene was a Stay-at-home mom for many years following her departure from a digital mapping job in the city. As her children grew up, Arlene became more involved in the day-to-day operations on the farm.

In 2021 Arlene was approached by her friend Caite Palmer with the idea for the Barnyard Language podcast. Their goal was to create a podcast and an online community for farming, ranching and homesteading parents. Being a parent is hard, but raising kids on the land brings unique challenges and opportunities that other families don’t face. They also wanted to talk to the diverse voices that exist in the parenting and agriculture world. 




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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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