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Rural Roots Magazine

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Well kiss my grits! I got printed in Rural Roots Magazine! My photo that I did as part of my on going Organic Project has been printed in the fall 2013 edition. The magazine was running a story by Alvin Scheresky and they came across my shoot with Nicole Davis, the new proprietor of Day Break Mill. They wanted to run a segment on the idea of Ancient Grains and Modern Mills. I’m stoked to have my image in print! It’s a very nice spin off of a personal photography project. To me it underlines the idea that if you seek fame and recognition, you won’t find it. But if you pursue your passion and do it because you love it, great things will surely follow. 😎 Big thanks to Rural Roots Magazine for running my photo and for bringing attention to this great part of the country we call home!

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Nicole inside the mill

Nicole inside the mill


Organics: Daybreak Mill

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Nicole Davis of Day Break Mill

Organic” is a huge buzz word these days at grocery stores and farmer’s markets. But getting to see it up close and personal is a lot of fun and very interesting.  That’s exactly what I got to do at the  Daybreak Mill, just out side of Estevan, SK.  I connected with Nicole Davis, owner and proprietor, earlier in the year and she jumped on board with my project.  When I first met Nicole, I was a little bit awestruck. First of all, she didn’t fit my mental image of a farmer (a picture a guy, 50+ in a plaid shirt, jeans and a mesh farm implement ball cap). 🙂 Nope, I was greeted by this beautiful, 20 something blonde girl who just happened to own and operate an organic mill. 😎 After our introductions, she toured me around the facility explaining about the various processes from cleaning the grain, to grinding it to selling it in the office.

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For Nicole, organic farming is in her blood. Her father was and is an organic guy too, so she comes by it naturally. But the more people actually consider organic food, the more appealing it becomes. Most people are aware of the chemicals that are used to spray crops for pest or weed control in traditional farming. But lately, it is the genetic changes are raising more alarm in people’s minds, as well as their bodies. Suddenly everything these days is “gluten-free”. But nobody very few people had gluten allergies/intolerances years ago. So what changed? Organic people will argue that the food itself has been changed, either by selective breeding of the crops or more recently, genetic modification. It is causing problems for more and more people, especially the GMO stuff that can be found in almost all processed foods.  As people become more aware of these changes, the market is responding. Demand for Organic grain is increasing nation wide.

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Nicole’s Daybreak Mill ships product across the country. And product they have! When we think of grain, the average person thinks of ‘wheat’. But there are so many different kinds available! Einkorn, Emmer, Spelt, Red Fife, etc. all of which are available for sale the Day Break Mill. In fact, Einkorn is the oldest grain that was farmed by humans some 10,000 years ago. It is still being grown today. And it is delicious! Nicole gave me a sample of some. We cooked it up like you would rice and ate it as a side dish.  It actually felt neat knowing that I was eating food that has been unchanged for thousands of years! But then again, I’m a sucker for tradition. 😎 Their organic granola and pancake mix is delightful too, our kids gobbled them up!

Einkorn cooked

Einkorn cooked

I can’t say enough good about Nicole and her team at Daybreak. They are all tremendous people who really love and care about what they are doing. They are passionate about Organic farming and the products they sell. And, as the market demand grows, you can find their products in more and more places all over Canada. But you can also buy direct from their mill too – which I encourage everyone to do, especially if you live in SE Saskatchewan.

Nicole in a field of 1 week old Einkorn

Nicole in a field of 1 week old Einkorn

It was a lot of fun to meet with Nicole and her team and I am grateful for the experience. If you are starting to think about Organic products, you owe it to yourself to check out the Daybreak Mill! 😀