2021 Fall Zoom Speakers

Kim Moffat

Kim Moffat trained in psychiatric nursing and is a certified crisis counsellor who worked for the Manitoba Farm, Rural and Northern Support Services as well as the Manitoba Suicide Prevention Support Line for 20 years. She facilitated a Suicide Bereavement Support group for farm and rural people for over 10 years providing care and comfort to those impacted by the loss of a suicide.  She has been a lead facilitator for the University of Guelph’s In the Know Mental health training program for farmers and people working in the ag industry and has delivered more than 40 trainings across Canada.

She grew up on a farm and raised cattle for several years with her partner Brent while raising their three children.  Following the follow out of BSE in 2003, they made the difficult decision to leave farming.  She continues to use that experience to help understand and connect with farmers who are facing increasing stress levels. She is a vocal advocate for making mental health services accessible to our farmers and their families. She has recently gone into private practice offering in person and online sessions prioritizing farm and rural populations.

 

 

  

 

Spruce Drive Farms and Stone Shed Gardens

Mark and Yanara Peters

Known as producers in the Portage la Prairie region near the Portage diversion and Lake Manitoba.  They are committed to bringing forth change in a positive way.  Their faith has led them on a journey of counting their blessings no matter how small…Together they produce 100 acres of seed potatoes and about 500 acres of grass and alfalfa hay. 

In the last few years Yanara has also started a flower business providing a vast array of beauty and color to people’s lives.

Food is what they grow to feed the body

Flowers are what they sow to soothe the soul….

 

Porch Drop Produce

Elise and Emily… This Mother and daughter team pack a powerful punch when it comes to connecting with Manitoba producers … they help to market the goods and distribute fresh produce to the people of Winnipeg.  As if that wasn’t enough to keep

them running on their toes …

Recently they added a commercial kitchen to their repertoire… Food for thought

Connecting Rural Porches to Urban Porches