At the heart of every successful farm is a team of dedicated individuals, and at Aberhart Farms and Sure Growth Solutions, the women play a pivotal role. Their recent participation in the Connect The Heart of the Farm 2023 conference provided them with a platform to share, learn, and grow. Let’s dive into their experiences and insights from this empowering event.

The Dynamic Women of Aberhart Farms and Sure Growth Solutions

Our conversation featured Jamie Spackman, the Strategic Assistant to Terry Aberhart, Lichelle, the owner of Aberhart Farms, Sarrikah, a 4th generation farmwoman, Missy Hertlein, a farm production assistant, and Chantel Keough, the administrative manager at Aberhart Farms.

Unveiling Their Conference Experience

Jamie Spackman expressed her enthusiasm, “It was truly enlightening for me, especially being a city girl. I connected with other female farmers and industry professionals, and the experience was invaluable.”

Lichelle shared her initial uncertainties, “We were uncertain about what to expect and who the speakers would be.” She found that “the speakers sharing their diverse experiences, especially the immigrant who started her business in Canada, exceeded our expectations.”

Mental Health: A Key Focus

Missy Hertlein emphasized the importance of mental health discussed at the conference. “Mental health was a significant focus. Jody’s advice about prioritizing oneself and advocating for personal well-being resonated deeply,” she said.

Looking Forward to Future Events

When asked about attending next year’s event, the response was a resounding yes. “Absolutely! The unanimous response from all of us is a resounding yes,” they agreed.

Lichelle advocated for broader participation, “We need more women to attend, not only those in agriculture but also those working in the field.” Missy added, “The conference provides a space for women to unwind and share stories.”

Sarrikah reflected on her experience, “As a 4th generation farmwoman, it opened my eyes to the hard work women put into the farming industry.”

Eye-Opening Realizations and Memorable Moments

Chantel Keough shared a significant realization, “Many women feel guilty and feel they need to make decisions as to working or having children.” This topic had a profound impact on the attendees, highlighting the unique challenges women face in the agricultural sector.

The Barbie party at the end of the conference was also a highlight. “The Barbie party at the end was one of the best parts. We’re looking forward to the theme for next year,” they reminisced.

In Conclusion

The women of Aberhart Farms and Sure Growth Solutions found the Connect The Heart of the Farm 2023 conference to be a monumental experience. It provided them with a chance to connect, learn, and grow, both personally and professionally. As they look forward to future events, they carry with them the insights and inspiration gained from this year’s conference, ready to implement them in their roles within the agricultural industry.

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In the ag industry, there is a monumental task ahead of us.

That is to educate, inform, and inspire the youth of today to not only advocate, but become the innovators of the future.

Sara Shymko, Executive Director of Ag in the Classroom Saskatchewan would love to reach all the kids out there with the message of what modern agriculture is all about, and let them know there is a place for anyone who aspires to be a part of growing the future.

“Our approach to agriculture in the classroom has been on a direct to teacher basis, because that’s the only way that we can ensure that it’ll get into the classroom. When we have 13,000 teachers in the province, I know that we are not reaching all of those teachers. We’re probably reaching maybe 2 or 3 thousand of those teachers. When you consider all of the students that don’t have agriculture brought into the classroom, partially because it’s not in the curriculum, the other reality is we are tapped out. We can’t even meet the demands that we have right now for all of our resources and programs. We just don’t have the resources to do that. So, if every single grade four teacher and grade ten teacher were to come to us and want to bring agriculture into the classroom, we would be hard pressed to meet that demand.”

The good news is that demand is increasing for understanding. People care more and more about where their food comes from.

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Another trip around the sun here at Aberhart Farms, and a year to look back on with immense gratitude and respect for the people that surround us and the land that has kept our souls fed. Every year is a new adventure on the farm, and this past year is no exception. It’s been interesting times as we make our way in a different world, shifting and evolving where we need to, and of course being extraordinarily thankful to be living in the country we do, with our families safe and healthy under our roofs. It’s always good to take some time to look back and see how far we’ve come…

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