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"Goodbye City...Hello Country!"
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I come from a family of 8 siblings – noisy, opinionated, loyal to a fault – and I love them all. But there’s no doubt about it that I am known in my family as being the ‘health nut’.
Jesse and I didn’t start out this way but then some health issues kinda kickstarted that in us and since then, I’ve taken a keen interest in learning nutrition and the human body. The birth of our first daughter really accelerated that passion again and then when she was sick a lot around 18 months, I thought, “Something has got to change! We can’t be dealing with sickness all winter long!”
Interestingly enough, I do not enjoy cooking. Not the decision of what’s for dinner, not the executing of that plan, not the clean-up after – I just do not enjoy it. I’ve come to accept this about myself while at the same time always striving to learn more about nutrition and good eating. I cook for my family and it’s my worship to Jesus and I strive to serve them well.
Our style of cooking and eating is very whole foods based, also loosely based around eating what is local and in season to us (which can be a real challenge in the winter!). Sometimes friends have expressed surprise at the amount of food I make from scratch when I dislike cooking so much. The short answer: it has become very important to me.
When our daughter was 18 months old and sick a lot, I soon realized there are multiple avenues of supplements, essential oils, and treatments that we could wander down. I suppose we tried those all to some degree but really ended up focusing on nutrition. By that point we were raising a lot of our own meat and with that came bones to make bone broth. I learned how to make bone broth!
It has now become my single biggest go-to when any of us starts getting sick!
I could dive into all the nutrition and goodness of it all but many other people have already written many words about it. For me, my experience is enough to have convinced me!
This will be the third winter in a row that I plan to make lots of bone broth. We eat soup an average of once a week but there are so many other ways broth can be incorporated into your diet, including bone broth hot chocolate! So far, we have been sick an average of once a year and by sick I mean sniffles that lasted one day.
Now, we don’t have school-aged children or children in daycare so I realize that is a blessing that we have, since many germs can go through places like that. But for now, I guess I’m gonna stick with the tried and true that has worked for us!
I have a batch of bone broth simmering right now. There is a back story to it though. About once a year, usually in August or September, I really fall off the rails in my shopping purchases and things ‘fall’ into my cart that I wouldn’t normally purchase. It happened last week. Mama went shopping, she was hungry and feeling slightly frazzled and overwhelmed, and the cart was soon loaded. Less than a week later, we were all dealing with the sniffles and sore throats. Jesse, to his credit, didn’t say I told you so, while I’ve spent the last couple days doctoring us all again. I’m not saying that was all that contributed to our getting sick since there can definitely be other factors at play too. But I’m still gonna be making a lot of bone broth this winter! And I’m fine with being the ‘health nut’ in my family, too :)
Azure Highlands Homestead has a variety of beef, pork and chicken bones available for your own broth making!
Louella is a wife, mom, business owner and co-farmer of a regeneratively managed farm; Azure Highlands Homestead in Markdale, ON.
Besides raising meat to sell, she enjoys writing as a sideline hobby and loves to connect with readers either at their farm store or through email.
• Jessica Brock of Staffa, ON, enrolled in Food and Agricultural
Business at University of Guelph.
• Mira Carter of Clinton, ON, enrolled in Bachelor of Science in
Agriculture - Animal Science at University of Guelph.
• Dakota Dawdy of Iona Station, ON , enrolled in Agriculture Diploma
at Ridgetown College.
• Cole Snobelen of Ripley, ON, enrolled in Agriculture Diploma at
Winners were presented with a $1500.00 scholarship cheque at Huron
Tractor, Exeter, on Thursday, August 26.
The award recipients were selected at the discretion of an independent
scholarship selection committee, with consideration to factors such as
grades, eligibility, and essay submission information. Candidates had to be
enrolling for their first-year into a full-time, undergraduate and/or graduate
Agricultural program at a recognized post-secondary educational
The 11-location John Deere dealership introduced the annual Scholarship
Program in June 2018, as a reflection of the company’s commitment to
excellence in education and the long-term sustainability of Ontario
Four $1500.00 post-secondary education scholarships were also awarded
internally to Huron Tractor employees’ children. These winners included:
• Megan Fox of Exeter, ON, enrolled in Motive Power Fundamentals at
Canadore College. Megan is the daughter of Victoria Fox, Custodian
at Huron Tractor, Exeter.
• Emma Hilder of St. Thomas, ON, enrolled in Animation Diploma at
Fanshawe College. Emma is the daughter of Charlotte Hilder, Parts
Manager at Huron Tractor, St.Thomas.
• Alexus Mardling of Chatham, ON, enrolled in Honours Arts,
Sociology – Criminology and Socio-legal Studies at Trent University.
Alexus is the daughter of Shawn Mardling, Parts Manager at Huron
• Madison Saunders of Chatsworth, ON, enrolled in Bachelor of
Science in Nursing at Nipissing University. Madison is the daughter of
Billie-Jo Saunders, Service Writer at Huron Tractor, Chatsworth.
Huron Tractor thanks and congratulates all the praise-worthy applicants on
their endeavours and wishes everyone a successful school year ahead.
Scholarship Program details can be found at www.hurontractor.com/dealer-
PHOTO: August, 26, 2021 | Huron Tractor, Exeter
Pictured from left to right: Brad Sheeler, Nick Studnicka, and Cam Barton
from Huron Tractor, presenting cheques to scholarship recipients Jessica
Brock, Mira Carter, Dakota Dawdy, Megan Fox, and Madison Saunders.
Absent recipients: Emma Hilder, Alexus Mardling, and Cole Snobelen.
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We're a family who said: "Goodbye City... Hello Country!"
Follow along as we embark upon a new adventure - Country Life. Read about our experiences (good and bad) as we transition from big-city life and endeavour to live our Dream Life in the Country.
Like a lot of city folk, we grew more disenchanted with crowded, busy, fast-paced, big-city life. We had felt drawn to Country Life for years, having dreamt of wide open spaces, fresh air, and no people.
They say, 'Strike when the iron is hot'...so we did. We sold our home in the city and bought the farm!
They also say, 'Make hay while the sun shines'...which is something we're going to have to learn, along with a bunch of other things we don't yet know about!
OUR DREAM OF COUNTRY LIFE
A quiet, safe place to raise our kids. That's the dream of Country Life.
We like people, but not that much. We wanted to be as close to the middle of nowhere as you can and still have access to the 'amenities' of a (very) small town.
We want to grow our own food, hunt, and fish. We want space for our dogs and horses to roam.
We want to live like our grandparents did: simple and self-sufficient.
We also want a good wifi connection.
OUR REALITY OF COUNTRY LIFE
The wifi's a bit spotty, but the rest is pretty much as we'd planned.
We live in a century home on an old organic hobby farm, outside a town with one stop light.
There are deer and rabbit tracks all over our property and we have a pond stocked with trout.
Our children and animals are healthy, happy, safe, and free to roam.
We live in God's Country!
Mama & Papa Country
Big Brother & The Little Guy (Our Boys)
Dyson & Molly (Our Dogs)
Reign, Cedar, Tobi, Bronson & King (Our Horses)
Gordon, Yvonne & Surprise Baby Digsby (Our Goats)
Follow us on Instagram @hellocountrymagazine and get a glimpse into what Country Life looks like for a bunch of City folk.
Stay connected and read our weekly digests, monthly magazine & podcast shows. You can also check out our First 90 Days blog to see what it was like for us when we first left the City and moved to the Country.
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