January 9, 2024, is Farm Transition Appreciation Day! #FTADay2024 was created to encourage and celebrate the progress Canada’s farmers are making to secure the future of farming in Canada.

We’ve compiled a list of episodes from The Rural Woman Podcast for you that dive into the unique ways some of our guests have either transitioned in, transitioned their current operations, or are working on leaving their land to the next generation.

Check out these great episodes all about Farm Transition:

    EPISODE 67 – TRANSITION PLANNING PART 1

    WITH AGRICULTURE TRANSITION SPECIALIST, ANNESSA GOOD

    On this episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll meet Annessa Good. Annessa is an Agriculture Transition Specialist at Farm Credit Canada where she helps people start the transition conversation, giving them the tools and resources to work towards goals that keep their operations viable and sustainable. 

    Annessa recently moved back to the family farm and is currently going through her own succession rollercoaster. This experience has given her personal insight that she applies to her consulting work. The motto she shares with clients: “Succession is the transfer of a business, while estate planning is the transfer of assets. Transition is a combination of both and is proactive rather than reactive.”

    In preparing for this interview, I thought I would do something a little different. Instead of coming up with all of the questions myself, I posed the question over in The Rural Woman Podcast Community over on Facebook if anyone had any questions for an Agriculture Transition Specialist. You guys, the comments section BLEW UP! You had so many great questions we had to split this episode in two!

    EPISODE 68 – TRANSITION PLANNING PART 2

    WITH AGRICULTURE TRANSITION SPECIALIST, ANNESSA GOOD

    This episode is the second part of the episode above featuring Annessa Good.

    EPISODE 86 – TRANSITIONING FROM INDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURE TO AGRITOURISM

    WITH BRIDGET JONES

    On this episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll get to meet Bridget Jones. Bridget is a wife, mom, “farmher,” entrepreneur, creative, community builder, and plant nerd.

    As the founder of Wildberry Farm + Market, and the creative behind Wildberry Branding + Design, Bridget puts her heart into her local community. Through her farming knowledge and her love for small businesses, specifically women-owned small businesses, Bridget’s passion is building up the local small business community. By utilizing her skill and knowledge, as well as her resources, her heart is to build the local creative and minority farming community.

    EPISODE 133 – SHIFTING FOCUS: REBRANDING THE FAMILY FARM

    WITH HANNAH MILLER

    On this episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll meet Hannah Miller. Hannah is a 26-year-old farmer running her own business on her family’s 175-acre farm in central Massachusetts. She has about 500 egg-laying chickens, 4 dairy cows that produce raw milk, and a small herd of goats who go on “goat hikes” with farm visitors. Hannah has a passion for working with livestock, being outdoors as much as possible, and connecting her local community to an agrarian way of life.

    The farm was an active dairy farm for many decades, but her family sold the cows in the late 90’s, and for the last 20 years it was more or less just a hobby farm. Many of the fields became overgrown, the barns fell into disrepair, etc.

    Hannah graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 2017 with a degree in sustainable agriculture, with the goal of returning to the farm and putting it back into production. Hannah says “it has been an amazing journey to watch new life breathe into the old bones of this place, and to see our community rally around my desire to keep the family farm alive.”

    EPISODE 138 – NAVIGATING FAMILY, CONNECTION, AND COMMUNITY 

    WITH ALISON WEAVER

    Alison Weaver is a grain farmer, storyteller, speaker. Alison wants to share with Women in Ag and beyond how to overcome challenges and know you are enough! Alison loves to mentor and cheer women on with their hopes and dreams. Alison is a wife, mom, gramma and avid horse back rider. She loves community and connections. Alison is involved in every aspect of the farm from investment decisions, assessing land, and sustainability protocols to operating machinery and cooking meals. She holds a diploma in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan and a Leadership Certificate from the Edwards School of Business. She is an active member of the 4-H Expo committee at the Lloydminster Exhibition and has been a 4-H leader for over 15 years.

    Alison recently created Navigate a planner for women living a rural lifestyle. The hope for Navigate is to be a tool to help bring calm where balance can be a myth. She wanted to create a book that had scheduling, journaling, record keeping and self care all in one.

    To learn more about Farm Transition Appreciation Day, check out Farm Management Canada and #FTADay2024 on social media.