2014 Year of Family Farming
This year, let’s show our appreciation to farm families and the work that they do. Over the year we will be featuring farmers and their stories.
Today, let’s meet The Ellises!
We’ve also included a recipe for Chicken and Sweet Potato Quesadilla below. We hope Simon approves!
Meet Farmer Simon Ellis
Who is Simon Ellis?
I am the fourth generation to be involved in our farm, Black Creek Farm, just north of Wawanesa, Manitoba.
I graduated from Assiniboine Community College with a Diploma in Agribusiness.
Amanda, my wife, and I got married in 2013 on the family farm. It was a perfect day. My dad received a license to perform the marriage. With the sun shining and the birds singing Amanda and I said “I do.”
We are both very excited to have the opportunity to farm and look forward to the many growing seasons ahead of us.
You can follow Simon on Twitter: @FarmLifeMB
What’s your first memory about the farm?
I was sleeping behind the seat of our tractor while dad was doing field work. He woke me up and pointed to a coyote that was trotting along the edge of the field.
I had never seen a coyote that close before. To this day I love seeing wildlife while in the field.
What do you grow on your farm?
The farm has grown many different crops over the years. Wheat, Canola, Oats, Barley and Flax have been main crops. Others that we have grown are Soybeans, Corn, Peas, Buckwheat,Hemp, Faba Beans, Mustard, and an assortment of grasses and forage crops.
The crops we grow are often used for seed. Our family business, Ellis Farm Supplies Ltd, cleans the seed so we can sell it to local farmers.
How do you stay physically fit?
Amanda has a passion for health and fitness. After watching a few fitness competitions that she was competing in, I decided it was my turn to join in. In 2012 I set my goal to compete in a competition in April 2013.
The next four months I would learn a lot about myself, proper eating and fitness. I went to the gym for an hour and a half, five days a week.
It was a hard road, but by April I had met my goals and was ready for the competition.
Both Amanda and I participated. It was a great experience and having a goal kept me motivated.
What’s in your kitchen?
I learned to cook food that was healthy and tasted great during my journey to get into the best shape of my life!
It turns out there are a lot of ways to cook sweet potatoes, chicken and asparagus.
I use my passion for the arts as creativity when cooking healthy food. It keeps the food fun and exciting, and keeps Amanda and I wanting more.
What makes you smile every day?
I have a deep passion for agriculture and love sharing my experiences with people.
One of my favourite things about being a crop farmer is shortly after planting, when the crop is emerging out of the ground. The
world changes from a dark brown and black, into a brilliant green.
I know that the crop that is now growing will help to feed many people, and that is an indescribable feeling.
What would you tell our readers?
I would encourage everyone to meet a farmer, find out what they love about farming and to see try and experience that first hand.
Walk in the field with the farmer, smell the soil, feel the warmth of the sun and listen to the wind rustling the growing plants.
From my farm to your plate…Be well…Simon
Meet our other Farm Families
Wedding picture credit goes to Tony Donovan Photography.