One musician has taken his love of Canadian life and found a way to incorporate that into a summer tour.
Musician Matthew McCully left Sherbrooke, Que. July 20 and has been performing at organic farms across the country. He is coming to Ponoka and will perform at MSW Farms Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. Tina and Mark Stewart operate the farm and look forward to the opportunity to showcase McCully and their business.
“It’s good promotion for all of our farms in Alberta,” says Mrs. Stewart.
The musician has taken to visiting different aspects of Canadian life. This year McCully decided to tour organic farms involved with the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farmers (WWOOF), she explained.
Farms registered as a WWOOF host provide lodging and food for people who work a minimum of five hours a day at the farm. This provides a way for people to share knowledge of their experiences with other farms.
“You can learn from them. They can learn from you,” explained Mrs. Stewart.
She has had people stay for as little as two weeks and as long as two months. McCully also produces short videos of each location for the farms to use.
“I wanted to do a series on organic farming, because it’s a value I share, and I wanted to create a greater awareness and appreciation for the people who work hard to feed our country,” McCully said in a press release.
“It’s a bit of marketing for ourselves as well,” added Mrs. Stewart.
Smokies and pop will be sold by MSW Farms at approximately 5:30 p.m. and the performance is free. Donations are accepted. For more information, check out www.mswfarms.com or http://matthewmccully.ca/.
Directions to MSW Farms are: 4 miles west on Highway 53 from Ponoka, 5 miles north on Secondary Highway 795 and 1.5 miles west on Township Road 435.