A Farmer’s Wife

It’s that time of year…the windows can be opened up to the sounds of geese returning home and robins chirping their morning song. Yup, spring is in the air, which means a few things. For me,  it’s time to be “on call” for the next 6 months. I’m a Farmer’s Wife (remember this, it’s the name of a new project of mine – more on that later). In fact, as I write this, I’m wondering why I’ve never used this title when asked that question “what’s your occupation?”.  Yes, I love making music and I find it extremely hard to tear myself away, but in the end I am a farmer’s wife. And as the days get longer and the snow begins to melt, our main focus is to get the crop in the ground. It’s exciting – the optimism of a fresh start “maybe this will be the year we’ll have a bumper crop”.  We own a family farm….Greg’s family homesteaded here in June of 1905. In fact, they were here before Saskatchewan was a province (that happened in September 05). I read an article this morning about farm land values and how investment firms are lining up to purchase farmland in Saskatchewan. There were price comparisons….values of land in Fort McMurray, Vancouver etc. Which got me thinking about how our farmland is being used for so many other things besides farming. It’s nothing new – land that produces food to feed the world is being paved over. Which raises the question…when they build cities on all this farmland, how will they eat?  Funny how the farm land values continue to increase while the grain prices hardly change. Yes, farmland is valuable – they aren’t making any more of it! But it should remain farmland…. Instead of paying farmers ridiculous prices to buy their land for  new shopping centers, maybe let them keep the land and pay the  farmers instead for the food they produce….. Just a thought, while I’m wearing the Farmer’s Wife hat.  And now maybe I’ll go and write a song 🙂

2 Replies to “A Farmer’s Wife”

  1. Refreshing to read a positive comment about Canadian farmers. Keep up the good work Corinne…both farming and making music!

  2. I was thinking about this issue while in the UK last week. Land prices there have gone through the roof with no significant increase in commodities or stock and the same seems to be happening throughout the world. My answer is to retail off of the farm but that won’t work for everyone. Every time the commodities price goes up, the input costs rise too. Paying for land that won’t always pay the owner is a hard thing to swallow but in a world where the consumer values the luxuries over the necessities I don’t see things changing anytime soon.

    Nice to see you blogging, Corrine =)

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