Episode 193 – Building a Sustainable and Profitable Farm Model with Amy Hill

Building a Sustainable and Profitable Farm Model

with Amy Hill

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Amy Hill was born and raised in the suburbs of Dartmouth Nova Scotia but spent her summer vacations on a mixed farm in Prince Edward Island where she dreamed of one day living that lifestyle.

In 2010, after graduating from the Agricultural College with a B.Sc.Ag in Animal Sciences, she started Snowy River Farms, named after her husband David’s favourite movie, The Man From Snowy River (which he now is). Amy built the farm, and grew their family, while David worked as a carpenter until the operation was large enough to bring him home full time in 2017.

Snowy River Farms is comprised of woods and pasture rotated hogs, broiler chickens and lay hens raised on fruits, vegetables and nonGMO grains, a family dairy cow, too many barn cats to count and an ecological market garden that includes 5 greenhouses. Amy believes that keeping her farm diverse is not only smart from a business risk management point of view but that it also creates the least wasteful operation that benefits her land, livestock and consumers.

She not only grows produce, meat and eggs for the community, but she also adds value to many items by hand mixing their own sausages, making bone broth, lard, and pesto and has branched into offering on farm workshops for those who are interested in small scale farming and homesteading.

The Covid-19 pandemic threw multiple curve balls at their farm and forced David back to work off property. However, pivoting has become a skill that Amy can now add to her resume as she’s worked to change her operation once again to balance work, life, children’s sports and continue providing as much food for her community as possible.


Get ready as we delve into…

  • Starting and Growing a Small Farm
  • Transitioning to a Sustainable and Profitable Farm Model
  • Marketing Products in the Community and Accessibility of Products
  • Experiencing Farming as the Sole Female Farmer
  • Future Plans for the Farm
  • The Most Rewarding Part of Being a Rural Woman for Amy


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March is a very special month, as it is the 5 year anniversary of The Rural Woman Podcast, so we want to celebrate!

So my friends, on Friday March 29th, we invite you to join us for our first ever LIVE ‘Ask Katelyn Anything – 5th Anniversary Edition’ online event! And want to know what else? The beloved Annabell Morgan will be asking me the questions!

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Katelyn Duban

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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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