I often get to ask folks what their favourite part of Agriculture is whether that’s from the stage or behind the mic at The Rural Woman Podcast. A common answer that I get from them is the same one that I have – community.

Whether that’s around our kitchen table, at the town hall, or on an online forum – community is how we can feel a connection to something greater than us. Community is the backbone of agriculture.

I think that this feeling of community can be easy to forget sometimes. After a long day in the field or the barn, often by yourself, it’s easy to feel isolated and alone. I believe community takes effort. 

We’re highlighting some amazing stories of Women in Agriculture who have chosen to show up to cultivate, build, and connect with community.

Check out these great episodes all about Community:

    EPISODE 54 – PRESERVING RURAL COMMUNITY IN THE MARITIMES

    WITH ALICIA PARSONS LUSHINGTON

    On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll meet Alicia Parsons Lushington. Alicia grew up in rural Nova Scotia surrounded by chickens, horses, dairy cows, honey bees and gardens and woods. She attended the Nova Scotia Agricultural College first with thoughts of becoming a vet but soon distracted by the world of plants and pest management.

    Alicia currently lives in the Musquodoboit Valley of Nova Scotia on a 100 acre homestead with her husband and 9 year old son. Alicia is also the Chair Person of her local Community Hall. She and her husband Donnie work with a dedicated team of volunteers to provide a space for the community to gather and valuable programming for rural families. Her determination to preserve and improve rural lifestyle for today and the future make this an ongoing labour of love.

    EPISODE 137 –CONNECTING TO YOUR COMMUNITY 

    WITH CAROLINE FANNING

    Caroline Fanning grew in on suburban Long Island, NY, and spent her summers hanging out and working at the beach. She moved upstate for college, where there were no beaches but plenty of farms. Her first farm job was at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, a 7-acre vegetable farm where she learned the CSA model and where she met Dan Holmes, who would later become her business partner and husband.

    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.

    EPISODE 163 – BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE

    WITH JUSTINE BERRY

    Justine is a second-generation cattle rancher in east central Alberta. Along with her parents and her growing family, they raise Black Angus cattle and direct market their natural grass fed beef. Justine also works part time as a registered nurse at the local hospital.

    Justine is passionate about finding a balance between raising beef and babies, and in her spare time, enjoys hosting or attending regenerative agriculture learning opportunities.

    EPISODE 131 – CONNECTING YOUR COMMUNITY TO THEIR FOOD SOURCES

    WITH KERRI GIESBRECHT

    On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast you will meet, Kerri Giesbrecht.

    From stilettos to rubber boots; Kerri was born and raised as a city girl that has turned a whole lot country thanks to her husband. Her farm is everything high maintenance (as her husband likes to call it). Kerri has all the animals (sheep, chickens and horses), she runs a U-Pick veggie garden in the summer, make livestock feed for not only her farm but other farms as well, runs a farm market in the summer months and on-farm events. And in her not so much downtime she helps her husband with his grain farm operation. According to Kerri she doesn’t sleep much,  drinks far too much coffee, but she loves what she does and even on the hard days it’s better than going to her old 9-4 job in downtown Edmonton.