As a kid growing up in the city, it’s pretty safe to say I knew nothing about agriculture. But I knew one day I wanted to start a farm. Following that dream, I am now a student at the University of Guelph studying Agricultural Business and learning as much as I can from my classmates – most of which live on farms. While going through this steep learning process and talking with my friends back home, I quickly realized the people I grew up with will never get the opportunity to learn about where their food comes from and what happens on the average Canadian farm. I started spending more time on farms and with farmers and I was astounded at the gap in public perception between how most people think their food is grown compared to what was actually happening on farms. Growing up I would hear myths about corporations taking over the food industry and farmers getting thrown in jail for patent issues with seeds. It wasn’t until I started seeing all of these farms that it quickly became apparent to me that this was not the case. That’s when I decided to start sharing my farm experiences with my friends through an Instagram account called @BeforeThePlate. My account exhibits all different aspects of the food industry and how the food we eat ends up on our plate. I’m very fortunate to have a close childhood friend of mine who’s currently a film student involved in the project. We’ve started to interview farmers to create a documentary that will hopefully be launching in early 2017.
You can check out and follow @BeforeThePlate on Instagram to stay updated on the progress of the documentary.