Sherry Weber Powell
My name is Sherry and I am a 3rd generation farmer. My son is the fourth generation in our family and he farms with his young family. Our family’s farm is near Southey, SK in the Longlaketon and Touchwood RMs. You can see us hard at work in the pictures below.
I knew succession planning was something my family and I would have to tackle, but I had no idea what succession planning would actually entail. Luckily, I came across a pamphlet for the Canadian Farm Learning Centre at Agribition and I decided to do more research to find out what exactly they were offering. I spoke with numerous staff before committing to the online course. I was looking for some type of direction and I discovered this course was the right place to start.
Right from the beginning, everyone there was exceptionally helpful. I had plenty of questions when I first started working through the course and the staff were very helpful in taking the time to make it work for me.
Everyone in that office is extremely approachable, helpful and quick to respond back. In general, they were a delightful group of people to work with.
Once I was given the details to start the course, I dove right in. I am the style of learner that needs to make notes as reference points and I found myself needing to go back and reread a lot of the content to make it stick. The worksheets were great, but I did have to print them off and fill them out by hand before mailing them into the office. The office always confirmed when they received the worksheets which was comforting. Overall, I found that the whole experience was a smooth one.
After finishing this course, I realize how much there is to know and how important it is to start this process at the onset of planning for the future. There are so many steps that need to be taken in order to create a balanced approach. Just getting all the stakeholders on the same page is difficult, but is key to being able to move the farm in a direction that will allow the farm and family to prosper for years to come.