Felfie entrants getting the word out about agriculture

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They are the faces of Alberta farming — 14 of them anyway.

The felfie craze has died down a bit since Alberta Farmer invited producers to send in their farmer selfies a month and a half ago. But the effort to show the world that there are real, everyday people behind every food item on their dinner table just keeps growing.

“I’m active on Twitter and I look at myself as part of the new generation who is helping get the word out about agriculture and helping the public understand more about agriculture — that’s what I’m about,” said Dara Calon, who tweets at @ddcalo.

Calon is the latest winner in our felfie contest. The Drumheller resident is an assistant agricultural fieldman for Starland County and helps out on her dad’s 7,000-acre grain farm, near Michichi, a hamlet 30 kilometres northwest of her home.

“I’m an active part of the farm — I help with harvest and seeding and I take some time off work to help when I can,” said Calon, who hopes to eventually move back to the farm and build her own home.

She was picking up her dad’s new Peterbilt 389 2015 grain hauler when she decided to snap a pic while the chrome was still fresh and shiny.

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“I just thought, ‘Brand new Peterbilt — why not take a picture?’ Selfies are always about the camera facing you, and I thought this was something different. The fact that it was brand new was also a big thing for us. We were pretty excited about it.”

A proud alumni of the Morrin and District Multi 4-H horse and photography clubs, Calon has selected the club as the recipient of her $100 prize for being our fourth felfie contest winner.

The final winner will be featured in the next edition of the paper. But the task of putting a face to farming continues.

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Alexis Kienlen

Alexis Kienlen lives in Edmonton and has been writing for Alberta Farmer since 2008. Originally from Saskatoon, Alexis is also the author of two collections of poetry, a biography, and a novel called "Mad Cow."

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