This panel will explore how the forest and farms present themselves in our daily lives as consumers. Peter Fehr, Gourmet Inspirations, will share his story and connection to the land having grown up on a small hobby farm in rural Manitoba. The connection to quality, taste, and creative inspiration will highlight the possibilities that are connected to the world of agriculture. This may be a case where destiny found the person with the talent, and the rest may be history. You will also hear from Tamarack Farm, which is owned and operated by Ryan Pengelly and Alexandra Lozada on the south side of Riding Mountain National Park. It is a family farm growing products in a way that appeals to evolving consumer desires. They grow quinoa, pastured chickens and pastured pork; their chickens are sold at the "farm gate," while their pork is processed off farm at a provincially inspected abattoir. You will hear from Al & Johanna McLaughlan, Rocky Lake Birchworks, about how a very unique birch syrup business got its start and is making a sweet difference. They are one of only a handful of producers putting birch syrup on the table. This panel will provide an opportunity to hear how three unique agricultural stories unfolded. What inspired them? What challenges and opportunities had a role in guiding their path? How are their products marketed?