“Modern agriculture enables us to be more sustainable in what we do and allows us to provide nutritious food in a way that’s good for the environment too.”
Jake and Sarah Leguee have been working on the family farm near Fillmore, Saskatchewan since they were kids. Now, as third generation farmers, these siblings see the importance of modern agriculture every day. The technology the Leguees use on their farm enables them to improve the overall long-term sustainability of their operation. Their food story is not only about sustainably growing food for their families, but striving to feed families around the world today and for generations to come.
“In Canada we know our food is safe because we use evidence-based science where we set a standard, we monitor, we measure, we find out where the risks are and we constantly improve.”
Dr. Leigh Rosengren has experienced agriculture from almost every angle: she buys safe, healthy food for her family; she’s married to a grain farmer; she raises beef cattle; and she’s a veterinary epidemiologist who works with producers and regulators. At almost every step, she uses her science background to help improve animal welfare and food safety. Leigh says it’s both a privilege and responsibility to produce safe food for families around the world, and she couldn’t be more proud of the work done on her farm and on those she helps through her disease control work.
“Price is definitely a top consideration when buying food; I am a frugal mom after all. I also want my kids to be smart and savvy consumers.”
For Tenille Lafontaine, telling a story is what she does everyday. Tenille has been blogging about food and affordability since 2008, when she founded Feisty, Frugal and Fabulous. While affordability plays a big role when she’s buying food for her family, it’s not the only thing she takes into account; she also wants it to be nutritious and she wants to know where it came from. Food safety, she says, is already a guarantee in Saskatchewan grocery stores, and she hopes to help others understand that.
“For me, my food story is teaching people where their food comes from, how to prepare their food, and passing that on to younger generations so that everyone can be their best self.”
As a Registered Dietitian and former elite athlete, Steph Langdon’s passion lies with food. It comes as no surprise that Steph uses her love of nutrition and diet to drive her business Something Nutrishus. She’s eager to help others identify challenges and use practical approaches to work towards solutions and achieving their goals. Steph understands the daily struggles, nutrition concerns, and confusion that people face as they sort through information on food. She sees the benefit that Saskatchewan food products add to a well-rounded diet, and encourages other to consume homegrown products – from vegetables and wheat to pulses and dairy.
“Agriculture has a very strong meaning when you’re a chef in Saskatchewan. If I can get some of the best products in the world right here, why would I go anywhere else?”
Dale MacKay is the head chef and co-owner of Ayden Kitchen and Bar in Saskatoon. One of Dale’s favourite parts of the job – besides cooking – is having conversations about food with customers and connecting with the farmers who grow the products he cooks. He values quality, healthy ingredients and is proud to use products that come from Saskatchewan.
*Video and profiles supplied by Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture.