Social Media Proponents For Agriculture Receive Certificates Of Recognition From Jersey Canada
Jersey Canada is proud to present Certificates of Recognition to two dairy farmers who are voluntarily telling agriculture’s story through social media. The certificates recognize the freely given services of Tim May aka Farmer Tim of Mayhaven Farms, Rockwood, Ontario and Derrick Josi, the voice of TDF Honest Farming from Wilsonview (Jersey) Farm in Tillamook, Oregon, USA. This is the first time that Jersey Canada has ever presented Certificates of Recognition. Jersey Canada’s Board believes that the contributions of these two gentlemen and their advocacy for agriculture are significant and deserve recognition.
Tim May and his family maintain a thriving herd of registered Holstein cows at their farm in Rockwood, Ontario. They also maintain a small herd of Belted Galloway (aka Oreo) beef cows. For a number of years Tim has taken to social media to explain the daily life of agricultural producers to his almost 40,000 followers. Tim approaches this subject with a mixture of compassion, wisdom, periodic humour, an educator’s heart and a considerate respect for his audience. Given all of the real life examples Tim can share of his life on the farm, he is highly relatable. Of late, Tim has taken up the topic of mental health in the farming community. He is adept at conveying the pressures that come with regular farming life and the impact it can have on individuals, families and communities. He is fearless in his approach, addressing difficult topics and using his own experience to aid the conversation.
Derrick Josi farms with his family in the dairy rich region of Tillamook County on the Pacific coast of Oregon. The Wilsonview Jersey herd is home to over 450 milking females who are among the best in the United States. Derrick approaches his interactions with the general public using regular dollops of humour and great respect for a layperson’s understanding of agriculture and the farming life. Derrick produces high quality content, even incorporating the use of drones into his videos, which are available to over 30,000 Facebook followers and over 3,800 Instagram followers. Derrick often encounters opposition to his posts, and is in the same category as Tim in being exceedingly kind with those who are uninformed, but truly sincere in wanting others to know more about food production and the farming life.
These farmers are two people among many who have taken to social media to tell the story of agriculture as it is today. Using the many communication tools available, anyone can share their story as Tim and Derrick have done. It takes time and some ingenuity and thinking, but we all have unique perspectives and can make positive contributions to a larger conversation.
Jersey Canada is thrilled to recognize these people who are investing their time and energy into increasing the larger public’s understanding of food production. They freely share information about farming practices and the why behind them, the farming community’s commitment to social responsibility, caring for the environment and the proper care of animals.
Thank you, Tim and Derrick!