Your Snapchats Have Become My School

Tomorrow is the first of May, which means I can say that summer vacation has officially started! I’m not working an ag-related job this summer (I’m back at the garden centre for two months and then camp for my last summer), and I didn’t think I would mind until last night. I couldn’t fall asleep, and I kept thinking about how quickly my first year as an Aggie went by, and how little time I have left with my Aggie family – relatively, that is. If I don’t have an ag job this summer, that only leaves me two summers left to get an ag summer job. I’m running out of time!

I know I gripe a lot on this subject, about feeling so behind in agricultural experience, but now I think I’m learning! Social media is an incredible thing, and even though I’m not at school anymore I still get to learn about farming! My current favourite outlet is Twitter. Tracking hashtags may seem a little unnecessary when you don’t care about the subject, but when you are following the subject at hand, hashtags are incredible. This spring, I’m following #fromthefield and #plant14, and learning tons about crops from all across North America. If you’re on Twitter – whether you’re planting or not – I encourage you to follow and use these hashtags!

On a more local scale, a lot of my friends are now posting photos on Facebook of their summer jobs and life on the farm. Besides the stuff that I’m tracking on Twitter, this is one of the best inside looks at farming. This is how I know what real family farms are like. Getting SnapChats from my Aggie friends show me a small glimpse of the inside of a milking parlour while being cleaned, or a hen house in the middle of the day, or cattle being fed during morning chores. These are the things that I feel like I’m behind on in experience, but little snapshots of the industry help me to feel a little more connected.

To everyone that I am connected to on any platform – blogs, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, even SnapChat – thank you. Thank you for making a camp counsellor feel like she knows a little bit about farming, even while she’s working at a garden centre in the city for the first two months of the summer.

Keep Calm and Farm On,

Emma — The Suburban Aggie

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