My name is Jen Christie. Thank you for checking out Savvy Farmgirl!
I grew up on a dairy and grain farm outside a small, rural Ontario town in Bruce County. As a kid, before I could go to the movies, the barn chores had to be done, the rocks picked or the hay unloaded. The farm taught me how to work hard for what I want, compassion for our animals and respect for the environment. My parents set a great leadership example for us, working together as a team and volunteering in our community. I was lucky enough to participate in 4-H, which further developed my confidence and interest in agriculture.
While I was born into it, I truly believe passion is contagious in the agriculture industry. I meet countless people who didn’t grow up on farms but have failed in love with the industry. I could not imagine working in any other sector.
Traveling has become my second love. I got bit by the travel bug when I started criss-crossing our beautiful country for my marketing job at John Deere. It was then I started meeting farmers from across Canada and discovered how amazing they are. I enjoy having a farmer mindset when I travel and thanks to my travels, I have a far greater appreciation for Canada and better perspective on food security.
Since storytelling has always been in my blood, marketing seemed a natural way to channel this creativity into a career. Working at John Deere, I learned firsthand what goes into maintaining an iconic brand, including how important it is to understand your customers and their needs. While at John Deere, I also started the Ag Women’s Network.
Finally, believing I could do more to help grow the agriculture industry and revitalize rural communities, like my own, I joined the 4-H team last fall to lead the Global 4-H Network Summit. In over 70 countries around the world, 4-H is developing community leaders, and I am helping establish the global, platform that will allow this great organization to grow more leaders in more countries.
So, that’s the short story of who I am.
About this blog
I have been blogging for almost 10 years. Originally, it started as a fun project about my house. Then, in 2011, I started Savvy Farmgirl, blogging about the agriculture industry and meeting other farmers on Twitter soon after. In 2015, I embraced my love of travel and started doing more travel blogging.
Today, this blog is a mash-up of everything I love – farming and agriculture, traveling and marketing. As often happens with our passions, they start to overlap and align, so I see no point trying to separate them.
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Honoured to be recognized 2013 Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network and The National Post