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Growing Up on the Farm: Navigating Challenges and Raising a Family with Arlene Hunter
Episode 1769th June 2023 • The Rural Woman Podcast • Katelyn Duban
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On this week's episode of The Rural Woman Podcast™, you'll meet Arlene Hunter.

Arlene and her husband Hugh own and operate Maple-Ain Farms Limited near Smiths Falls, Ontario. A 6th generation family farm, Maple-Ain is home to their herd of purebred Holsteins and one Jersey. They also grow corn, soybeans and hay and are raising their 4 children on the farm, ages 17, 14, 12 and 7.

In 2021, Arlene was approached by her friend Caite Palmer with the idea for the Barnyard Language podcast. Their goal was to create a podcast and an online community for farming, ranching and homesteading parents. Being a parent is hard, but raising kids on the land brings unique challenges and opportunities that other families don’t face. They also wanted to talk to the diverse voices that exist in the parenting and agriculture world. 

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[08:00] Becoming a more active member on the farm

[18:00] Transitions of roles on the farm as kids get older

[23:43] All about The Barnyard Language Podcast

[29:17] Common struggles found in parenting and raising a family on the farm

[38:45] What's next for Arlene & The Barnyard Podcast

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