A generation ago, most Canadians
had some direct link to their agricultural roots but this
has changed dramatically. The urban population is increasing
and most people have no idea where their food comes from.
Without agriculture, we would all starve; yet the industry
is seldom viewed with the high regard that it deserves. I
grew up on a ranch and have been involved with agriculture
all my life. This has given me a great appreciation for the
sacrifices people have made in order to feed the rest of the
world. I believe that preserving the history of the agricultural
industry is an important step in educating the rest of society
about the importance of our rural land base.
I hope that this project will
make a few people think of their roots and the sacrifices
their forefathers and mothers made. We need to preserve this
In the East Kootenay, as elsewhere
in Canada, true agricultural producers are disappearing. The
land base is being bought up by people who have other plans
for it besides food production. Work needs to be done to preserve
the agricultural industry in the East Kootenay. I believe
that this project is the first step.