From city-slicker to farm girl

By Alannah O’Neill, Photos courtesy of Everdale Farm When I was given the opportunity to visit a real, working farm for a couple days I had no idea what to expect. Until I visited Everdale Farm in Hillsburg, Ontario I never really gave much thought to where my food came from.
I was invited to Everdale because I had written a profile about the winners of the Yves Rocher Foundation’s
Women of the Earth contest, an annual initiative that celebrates eco crusaders working to make a difference in their communities. Karen Campbell, second place winner and founder of Everdale, graciously invited members of the jury (from Green Living, Coup de Pouces magazine, Yves Rocher and ELLE Canada) to take part in two days of farm activities. Top ten things I learned at Everdale Farm 10. Converse, skinny jeans and a canvas military jacket are not farm-appropriate wear, especially not when working in a field in the rain. 9. Chickens can be cuddled like cats and make happy noises when you pet them (so I’m going to try really hard not to eat them anymore). 8. Cows aren’t very friendly and deserve to be eaten (just kidding, PETA).