Birds chirp and the young farmer smiles while the calm wind offers some relief from the sun beating down on fields flush with produce she’ll harvest by hand, spending hours on end on her hands and knees.
“It's tough work,” she admits.
“This one farmer told me he uses calories to make calories.”
teBogt has one helper for three months in the summer, but she does all of the picking. She works from morning to night, seven days a week, during the growing and harvesting season.
“It takes a certain kind of person to be a farmer. My dad has always said that. I don't have much of a life working here, no vacation. But I wouldn't trade that for another job,” she says.
A dream come true
The Horton High School graduate laughs as she recalls her childhood dreams. Most of her peers dreamt of world travel.
“I just wanted to buy some sheep,” the 23-year-old jokes. “Growing up, I always loved sheep.”
teBogt grew up on her family’s farm bordering Lower Wolfville and Grand Pré.
“My family has dairy and chicken quota and I farm on their property. They’re always there for support,” she says.
teBogt knew she wanted to farm for a living from a young age. After high school, she studied plant science at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Truro. By 18, she had started building her own business.
“Start small while your market grows,” she says, offering advice to aspiring farmers. “I ended up…
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