Welcome to TractorView

Welcome to TractorView, this site was designed to provide information about myself, my farm, and interests outside of what many would consider a typical farm topics. First a little about me, I own and operate a 2500 acre 4th generation farm that has been in my family since it was homesteaded in 1909. I am passionate about many things however for most of my life along with being a farmer I have been a competitive athlete and been focused on health and wellness in all regards. I earned a physical education degree from University of Alberta in 1997 and spent several years as a XC ski industry and am still an accredited Cansi level 4 instructor. Around the same time my passion for cycling ignited and for the past 20 years have pedaled my way around North America racing mountain bikes and exploring new places with Deadgoat Racing out of Calgary, AB. Despite being one of the most competitive people you will ever meet at my core I am a farmer and take pride in sharing all that I have learned on my journey with others looking to improve their physical and mental well being. In the past year I teamed up with Shaun Haney and his RealAgriculture team to launch the Fit Farmer Podcast and also share much of what we discuss in details on this blog. TractorView is a collection of my interests, passions and opinions on the world as I see it from my John Deere tractor.

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I have spent my life finding the balance between the demands of the farm and maintaining a high performance lifestyle. My passion for health and wellness began in my teens and continued to this day. Upon completing my Physical Education Degree I spent my winters teaching Cross Country Ski programs in Edmonton and the Canmore Nordic Center along with racing XC ski events while returning to the farm each summer. Over the past 20 years I have raced single and multi day mountain bike events across North America such as Single Track 6 and Breck Epic. I still play beer league hockey in my small hometown of Morrin, Ab and take every opportunity to find new challenges as a means of stress management and personal fulfillment. The goal of fit farmer is to create training programs based on my personal experiences that work around the farm lifestyle and seasonal demands.
Experience, Certifications and Education
Bachelor of Physical Education Degree from University of Alberta 1997
Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructor (CANSI) Level 4 Instructor and Level 3 Course Conductor
AFLCA – Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association Resistance Training & Group Leadership

Create Your Fitness Journey With My Help

Fit farmer is all about sharing and creating your own high performance lifestyle. Should you find yourself needing a little kickstart I am here to help. I dedicate time to sharing my passion and knowledge for Nordic skiing with several programs. If you are interested in smoothing out that stride please see my schedule below or reach out directly to set a time for Nordic instruction.

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