Sue Dick – Canadian Homesteader – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

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Sue Dick – Canadian Homesteader

Home: Manitoba, Canada

Occupation: After 17 years working in a clinical laboratory settings, Sue went off on a bit of a tangent and together with her young family, became homesteaders and livestock farmers. 

Personal History: We happily traded a life in the city for our dream of owning a farm. Our dream farm began as an 80-acre piece of raw land in the Manitoba boonies. Learning as we went, we carved out our happy little homestead complete with heritage breeds that we raise on pasture. We strive for self-sufficiency and try to eat only that which we’ve grown/raised (at least mostly). We’ve made many mistakes along the way and are graduates of the School of Hard Knocks. Sue spends her days (apart from running a house and caring for children) caring for cows, sheep, pigs, goats, donkeys and chickens, gardening, canning, cooking, baking, churning, spinning and knitting. *Phew* And she wouldn’t trade it for anything! 

Current Projects: Still building all the necessary infrastructure, which means non-stop fencing and building of various shelters. I figure I’ll be done in about 5 years and then it’ll be time to start all over again!

Other Fun Stuff: Sue was an avid rock and ice climber for many years (about a decade pre-farm), a bit of a mountaineer and a skydiver. She speaks Spanish fluently, French passably, and knows words of greeting and insult in many languages. 

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