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2019 Food & Farming Champion Award recipient recognized at Canadian Public Trust Summit

November 13, 2019Lesley Kelly - 2019 Food and Farming Champion Award Recipient

(SASKATOON, SK) Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan's (FFC SK) recognized the 2019 Food & Farming Champion Award recipient at the Public Trust Summit on November 13 in Saskatoon, co-hosted with the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity. This national conference is held in a different Canadian city each year, with Saskatoon serving as host city in 2019. The goal of the conference is increase public trust in Canada's food system.

"This was our fourth year to present the Champion Award and we were pleased to see a great deal of support from the industry," said Clinton Monchuk, Executive Director of FFC SK. "Our panel of judges had to choose from five impressive nominations from across all areas of Saskatchewan's agriculture sector."

The 2019 Food & Farming Champion Award recipient is Lesley Kelly.

Lesley actively farms with her family at Watrous, Saskatchewan where they grow wheat, durum, canola, barley, oats, lentils, peas and flax.

Lesley was nominated for her effort and dedication to promoting agriculture to both producers and consumers alike.

Lesley is the head and heart behind the popular High Heels & Canola Fields blog where she dispels myths about agriculture and brings consumers and farmers together. In the past year, she has expanded her reach by co-hosting the What the Farm podcast which explores various topics in food and farming through real life conversations. Lesley’s goal in being involved in agriculture beyond the farm is to build community and bring people together, create conversation, collaborate and identify solutions that help both the industry and consumers. Lesley is also respected leader in advocating for mental health. In addition to being part of the national #BellLetsTalk campaign, she is the co-founder of the Do More Agriculture Foundation whose mission is to break barriers and support all producers in taking care of their mental well-being.

One of the nominators noted, "There is no piece of Saskatchewan agriculture that she has left untouched. Her mission of continual positivity, even in the face of adversity, is helping to bridge the gap between farmers and consumers.”

The Food & Farming Champion award honours those who work to advocate for agriculture and inspire public trust in Saskatchewan's food industry.

For more information contact:
Clinton Monchuk
Executive Director, Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan
clinton@farmfoodcaresk.org
cell: 306.341.4750

Lesley Kelly
2019 Food & Farming Champion
lesley@highheelsandcanolafields.com

BACKGROUNDER
Today, less than 3% of Canadians have a direct connection to the farm, which is one reason why so many have questions about how their food is produced. Farm & Food Care works to address consumer questions and inspire more confidence in our farmers and in Saskatchewan-grown foods. To learn more, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or visit our website www.farmfoodcaresk.org. Or let us put you in touch with a farmer so you can ask them directly about the food on your table!