Greetings from the farm! I hope this newsletter finds you well. Last week, my daughter Tess and I had the pleasure of attending a remarkable event that's become a yearly tradition for me - Canada's Outdoor Farm Show. It was a beautiful day, filled with discoveries, networking, and plans for the future of our little farm.
Canada's Outdoor Farm Show is an enormous outdoor event that showcases the vibrant world of agriculture. With over 40,000 farmers attending annually and more than 650 exhibitors, it's one of the largest gatherings of its kind. It's a bit like a carnival for farm folks, and it's a day I always look forward to.
This year, Tess and I set out on a mission. Our main goal was to connect with fence suppliers and installers. You see, we've been steadily working on expanding our pasture area since spring. Our sheep have been enjoying the lush, green fields, but we're eager to give them even more space to graze and thrive. Adding a fence to enclose a new section of pasture is the next logical step.
We spent the entire day walking briskly from booth to booth, talking with experts in the field (both literally and figuratively!). It's remarkable how many options are available for fencing solutions. We gathered information, asked questions, and took notes, all while enjoying the lively atmosphere of the trade show.
As I navigated through the bustling crowds and the sea of booths displaying everything from robotic tractors to tough wheelbarrows, I couldn't help but appreciate the immense diversity within the agricultural community. It's a reminder of how interconnected our farming lives are, from the small family farms like ours to the large agribusinesses.
While Anne couldn't join us this time due to her commitments as a school bus driver, Tess and I made the most of our day at the Farm Show. We left with a head full of ideas, a pocketful of brochures, and a renewed sense of enthusiasm for the farming industry.
Next year, I'm thinking of taking two days to explore the entire show properly; there's just so much to see and learn. In the meantime, we're eagerly awaiting price quotes for the fence project. It's another step in our farm's journey, and we're excited to share it with you.
Canada's Outdoor Farm Show is a reminder of how rich and diverse the agricultural world truly is. It's not just about the crops we grow and the animals we raise; it's about the community we're part of, the innovations that drive us forward, and the shared passion for the land. Thank you for being a part of this journey with us.
Until next time, keep your boots muddy and your hearts full of farm spirit!
Ewing Family Farm