I’m Aggie. Actually, it’s Agatha, but at some point, all of my friends started to call me Aggie, and it stuck.
I’m a first-generation Canadian – my family is Polish. After spending the majority of my life in Edmonton, I bounced around and settled in Calgary. I have a B.Sc. Agriculture from the University of Alberta, and I work in the meat industry, for one of the largest meat processors in North America, as a food safety and product quality technician.
I love agriculture, and the disconnect between consumers and farmers troubles me. As an urban dweller, I am no stranger to misconceptions and myths being touted as fact. From, “Those chickens are huge – bet they used a lot of hormones,” to, “Organic produce doesn’t use any pesticides,” I have tried address my friends’ and family’s concerns about modern agriculture. I’m not in the business of persuading people, because I believe in food choices, but I aim to shed light on my livelihood.
I also love food. In European homes, food plays a large role. Food is social – it’s the focal point of holiday celebrations and friendly gatherings. In an age of convenience foods, our family rarely missed a Sunday supper (with Polish talk radio playing in the background). Every gathering had an immense volume of food, and I have fond memories of baking with my father. I enjoy cooking and baking, trying new recipes and restaurants all over Calgary and beyond.
My partner and I share our home with our toddler-sized tornado child and a deaf cat. When we’re not chasing our son around, I can be found snowboarding, challenging my physical limits at a local CrossFit box, and musing about politics and current events. I’ve also found a new passion in minimalism and mindfulness.
Whether you’re here to learn about agriculture from someone in a supporting role in the industry, or you’re interested in following our journey as new parents, I hope you stick around and explore the site.