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.
It was never my intention to be an active member on the farm when we got married. I had grown up in Southern Alberta, which is heavily influenced and surrounded by Agriculture, but I had not a clue about the industry. I had a great job with great benefits that I fully intended on keeping for the foreseeable future. But nine months in and a
mental breakdown spiritual awakening later, I found myself spending more and more time around the farm soaking in all that this lifestyle had to offer. I made the decision to leave my quote-on-quote ‘Real Job’ and pursue my career as a farmer.
During this time of transition to full-on farm life, I quickly began to see just how isolating the agricultural industry could be. Not only are we physically away from the general public but we also live a lifestyle most wouldn’t understand. Not only did I have to learn and accept this lifestyle I also found myself struggling for family and friends to comprehend my new way of life. So I started sharing my story of agriculture, mental health, and being a Woman in Ag online through Instagram and through blogging to find community as well as share my story. I quickly found other women in the agricultural industry that had similar stories to me that I could relate with so I didn’t feel so alone. I was able to share about what I was learning along the way to getting to the place where I felt comfortable to introduce myself as a farmer.
In the Summer of 2018 while mowing our cover crop, I was watching Instagram stories from other Women in Agriculture who were came from all around the world. Each woman was unique in her own way, doing things differently on their respective operation, showing up and sharing their stories. I was so inspired that day by the women I was in community with online that I decided I wanted to find a way to honour and celebrate them.
I came in the house that day and announced to my husband that I was going to start a podcast to share the stories of Women in Agriculture. His response was ‘That sounds like a lot of work’. Little did I know how right he was! Nonetheless, I began to work and in the Spring of 2019 I launched The Rural Woman Podcast not knowing if this was something anyone would listen to. It turns out, I wasn’t the only one out there wanting to celebrate the stories of Women in Agriculture. The podcast was so well received by women and men alike in agriculture and has continued to grow in the success it is today.
I have learned so much through my journey in agriculture and podcasting and am excited for what my future holds in both respects. As for farming, I continue to hone in on the skills I have developed and the value that I bring to the farm.
As for podcasting, I will continue to share and celebrate the stories of Women in Agriculture. I am also starting a new exciting venture into Podcast Coaching. I am working one-on-one with folks who are looking to start their own podcast or if they already have a show and are looking for a creative partner to grow their audience. With my experience in creating, producing, and marketing I am sure to be an asset to your future and/or current show. You can learn more here.