The Changing Ontario Farm Landscape and Animal Housing

I love the old barns. They served their purpose. Hay was stored above and during the winter was thrown down below, where the animals were housed. In the summer, the animals would be outside in the barnyard and beyond, on pasture.

Today, practices have changed. Barnyards have disappeared and on many farms, there is not a blade of grass to be seen. Animals never see the light of day. This is neither Ag1.0 or Ag3.0, where farming works with nature and is practiced as nature would.

Dairy cows never leave their stalls on this farm
Dairy cows never leave their stalls on this farm

Published by Kaytlyn Creutzberg, BSc, NSch, MA

#SayItLikeItIs: In her two years of graduate work (2016-2018), Kaytlyn learned the art of bearing witness to an unheard collection of stories about human dignity. She first explored how she could apply a spiritual care therapeutic model to how farmers relate to their land. Realizing a greater cultural narrative was implicated, she then studied the impact of collective memory on cultural narratives and the pervasive "don't care" attitudinal construct towards Earth and Her landscapes. (formerly Gayl)

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