Julia Laforge is a PhD student in Geography at the University of Manitoba. Originally from Saskatchewan, Julia completed a B.Sc. at the University of Saskatchewan in Land Use and Environmental Studies with a focus on Physical Geography. She later moved to Ottawa to do a M.A. in Human Geography at the University of Ottawa. Her research here focused on how farmers in 1930s Saskatchewan migrated out of areas that were hardest hit during the drought to areas that more moisture but were less established in the Aspen Parkland. After finishing her degree in Ottawa she worked for Just Food and USC-Canada before academia called her back to start a PhD in Winnipeg.

Currently, Julia is researching how farmers who practice ‘alternative’ (that is, non-industrial) agriculture access knowledge on these farming practices. In 2014, she started her field work to do a comparative case study between Eastern Ontario and Southern Manitoba to explore the formal and informal ways that new farmers learn and share knowledge. This blog will mainly consist of reflections of that research, but will also include thoughts about other academic papers and research projects, her own farming experiences and details about farms that she has visited, and the role of food justice and social justice academia in her research and personal life. Julia also has a small farm in rural Saskatchewan and the pictures on this blog are mostly from there.

Other places you may want to visit:

Manitoba Alternative Food Research Alliance

Real Manitoba Food Fight

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