Farming and Climate Change

Jennifer Hayes - Farmer in Shigawake on Baie des Chaleurs (Chaleur Bay)

Jennifer Hayes – Farmer in Shigawake on Baie des Chaleurs (Chaleur Bay)

Jennifer Hayes is the most dynamic farmer I have ever met. Her energy and eloquence left Joan and me in awe. So did her farm operation in Shigawake on the beautiful Baie des Chaleurs (or Chaleur Bay).

When it comes to climate change, Jennifer Hayes’ message is loud and clear: yes, our landscape is changing, so let’s get a move on and take care of our land.

Jennifer Hayes loves her land and her animals!

Jennifer Hayes loves her land and her animals!

But this Gaspesian’s outlook is far from apocalyptic. Hayes believes that climate change will manifest itself in our lifetimes. “Our agricultural community needs to evolve and adapt,” she insists. In our documentary, Hayes talks about the changes she has already seen when it comes to new crops.

Jennifer Hayes with her mentor  and dad Garry Hayes, "He is one of the most modern farmers I know."

Jennifer Hayes with her mentor and dad Garry Hayes, “He is one of the most modern farmers I know.”

An MBA graduate, Hayes predicts a rise in land values and will explain why in the film. And we’ll tell you more about what makes this farmer tick: believe me, there’s lots. Hayes doesn’t like to be referred to as a modern-day farmer. It makes her laugh, “All farmers are modern, otherwise they wouldn’t be in business.”

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