Leon’s Journey from Germany to Aberhart Farms

In a recent conversation, Leon Ranscht, a summer intern at Aberhart Farms, shared insights into his role and experiences in Canada as an intern. Coming from Germany where he’s nearing the completion of his Master’s degree in agricultural economics, Leon’s role at Aberhart Farms is multifaceted. He supports data analysis and ensures thorough documentation of field activities. His main responsibility is creating detailed reports from the data gathered to aid in decision-making. Despite being new to the job, having arrived in Canada just a couple months ago, Leon is deeply involved in enhancing the operational efficiency of the farm through meticulous data management.

Leon’s transition to Canada has been an eye-opening experience, marked by both challenges and opportunities. He noted significant differences in agricultural practices between Saskatchewan and Germany, particularly in adapting to the shorter vegetation periods and harsher climate in Canada. These conditions demand precise timing and decision-making to maximize crop yields within the constrained growing seasons. Additionally, Leon highlighted the stark contrast in weather patterns, with Saskatchewan experiencing more extreme seasonality compared to the milder, shorter winters back home.

Beyond his professional role, Leon expressed his appreciation for the warm hospitality and strong sense of community he has encountered in Saskatchewan. He has embraced local customs and enjoys Canadian cuisine. On weekends, he explores the local scenery and wildlife, activities that offer him a deeper connection with the Canadian landscape and culture. Through his internship, Leon aims to leverage his academic background in agricultural economics to contribute strategically to the farm’s operations, potentially influencing both tactical planning and cost management. His story is a testament to the enriching experience of international internships, providing valuable professional exposure and personal growth.

As Leon’s time comes to an end in early July, the team at Aberhart Farms wishes him all the best in his professional growth. May our paths cross again one day!