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10 years, 8 questions

Herewith, eight of the most common questions asked of Small Farm Canada during our first decade:

Q: Are you guys from B.C.??

A: Yes, but we don’t inhale. (Or is it exhale?) More seriously, we are a B.C. company with what we like to think is a national spread. Our advertising manager is based in Elmvale, Ontario, our designer works from St. John’s, Newfoundland, and the magazine is printed in Winnipeg. The rest of our staff work from an office in Metchosin, a rural community about 40 minutes southwest of Victoria. Most of our readers are in Ontario. We have contributing writers in every province and one territory.

Q: Are you affiliated in any way with Harrowsmith magazine?

A: No.

Q: Do you just cover organic farming?

A: No, we cover all kinds of farming.

Q: Why did you start Small Farm Canada?

A: At the time we launched SFC, in 2004, there was nothing being published that was entirely relevant for smaller producers. Harrowsmith, (now vanished, but still being published at the time) had drifted from its earlier (and excellent) self-reliance focus and become a more suburban (and less excellent) publication, and the bigger agricultural publications were more concerned with the commodity producers.

Q: Do you farm?

A: Yes, we raise sheep, hogs and chickens and grow wheat and hay.

Q: How do you manage to run the magazine and run a farm?

A: We have no idea.

Q: What is a small farm anyway?

A: When we launched SFC in 2004 we defined small farms by a then federal government revenue definition: a small farm grossed up to $50k/year. We soon realized that was a flawed definition because (a) many farms with much higher revenues had small farm issues (selecting specialty breeds, how to direct market products, etc.) and (b) it meant that revenue was the sole definition of farming. That seemed really offensive to our notions of farming, which include affinity for the land, care of livestock and passion for growing. We tried using acreage farmed as a definition but that didn’t work in a country as diversified as Canada, where 10 acres is meaningful in Saanich and the Niagara Peninsula, but it isn’t room enough to turn a combine around in Alberta. We now define small farms as much by what they aren’t as by what they are — a small farm isn’t a commodity producer selling into a market with set prices.

Q: Where do your story ideas come from?

A: In the first years of the publication, most ideas came from our sheep. The sheep would knock down a gate and run down the road. After I’d got them back on the farm, I’d phone writer Ray Ford, and ask him to do articles on gates, dealing with loose livestock and liability issues. Nowadays, our best ideas come from readers and from contributing writers. It is all much more professional, but a little sad.