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Fires in Maui? Floods in Las Vegas? Fire jumping Lake Okanagan? Yellowknife 95% evacuated? Is this for real? As our planet heats up, it seems no place is protected from disaster.

I can spiral down pretty fast with climate and weather anxiety. After all, I'm a farmer whose livelihood depends on the environment and we've experienced droughts, excessive water (although not lately!), disease and pestilence. It's imprinted on me, I think.

I've written about hope before and I continually come back to Brene Brown's idea that "hope is a function of struggle". Hope is more than an emotion, it's a way of thinking, learned out of struggle. When I create alternatives to overcome hard things and see it through, hope is born.

Hope is about asking myself better questions like "What is within my power to control? What is not? What am I going to do about it?"

I recently listened to an On Being podcast recently featuring Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, a marine biologist and climate transformation advocate, who asks the question "What if we get this right?" about climate change and adaptation.

"What if we get this right?" is not a question I've been asking. But I believe it's a better question I should ponder.

With catastrophic news all around us, it's hard to envision a future where we get it right . . . where we take the tools we already have in our toolkit (alternate transportation, wind, solar energy, composting, agricultural practices and more) to mitigate humanly accelerated climate change and transform our future.

Ayana asks "Can we be led by what we know we have to do to save what we love?" We love people. We love the world. We love our homes. 

Love can be a powerful force, I believe.

People only change when the pain is bad enough. I know this from personal experience.

When our farm was struggling through the last major drought of the early 2000's, we had to make life changing decisions about our future as farmers. In debt up to our eyeballs, amidst plagues of grasshoppers, no rain and low commodity prices, the risk of staying the same was as great (or greater) than the risk of changing in how we farmed.

We chose transformation. And we're still here. Better for it.

Back to climate change. I can't watch the earth burn while wallowing in self-pity on the couch. I think we gotta try! I love this place too much.

Wonder, curiosity and imagination have led human beings to do great things over time. Can we do it again to recreate our future?

Let's ask ourselves the better questions and make the seemingly impossible, possible.


  • Thanks for your encouraging message, Melanie. We can all do even little everyday things to make our environment healthier.
    Regarding the fires, apparently aspen trees are relatively fire resistant.

    Patricia Wirth
  • Davin,
    Thanks for your note. I know there are very diverse and strongly held views on climate change or whether it is a thing. I hope our business doesn’t suffer simply because I want to explore questions that I have about what we do, why and how. I’ve always thought of myself as a socially minded capitalist.

    Melanie Boldt
  • I am sorry Melanie but there is no such thing as Climate Change. Your problem is that you are just not old enough to have seen the same things happen and prefer to want to blame it on something. These catastrophes have been happening forever. We now live in the best of all possible times here in North America and if we don’t have Climate Activists trying to alarm us but spend our wisdom working on the positive results rather than scare mongering we can survive these acts of nature since we can never prevent them. The Climate Activists have been wrong about everything for the last 50 years. ie. Ice Age, Global Warming now Climate Change about to Climate emergency. Remember when there were Dinosaurs and trees in the Arctic. No climate change back then just daily changing weather. Energy is the life blood of mankind and that is why we have just lived in the best 70 years of human life here in North America. Not perfect but so much better than what came before.

    Gerry Gilchrist
  • Thanks for sending this risky email. This issue has become so politicized when really it shouldn’t be. Im a conservative voter born and raised in rural Saskatchewan, we can all transform like you have thanks for the inspirational story. I hope sales don’t suffer from sharing fam

    Keep up the awesome food! We appreciate you guys!


    Davin Clouthier

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