'He was loving it': Farmer invites sandwich artist for combine ride-along

It’s not often someone from town gets to see exactly where their food comes from, but one fast-food restaurant employee got to see just that.

Kelvin Hannah farms near Foam Lake, Sask., and during his lunch visits at the local Subway, has made a friend with one of the sandwich artists named Vaibhav Sharma, who also goes by the name Joey.

Hannah explains Joey often asks how seeding or harvest is going, so he decided to invite Joey out to the farm to see how it all works.

“I go to the Subway more often then I should, and I got to be friends with one of the guys that work there … he’s usually asking me kind of what’s going on with what I’m doing that week (on the farm) and right before harvest, I asked if he (wanted) to come out for a combine ride, and he thought that would be kind of cool,” Hannah says. “So we ended up getting (harvest mostly complete) but I was able to find an opportunity for (him to join).”

One of the last few acres to be taken off were oats, which Hannah says was perfect considering they sell their oats to the Grain Millers at Yorkton, Sask., which supplies to Subway to make its 9-grain honey oat bread.

Subway worker Joey, and farmer Kelvin Hannah in the combine. (supplied)

“He was loving it. I let him drive for probably 10 minutes he was pretty stoked on that, he did pretty well actually, I was monitoring things pretty closely, but he picked it up pretty quick and he did a really good job.”

Hannah says Joey even ended up video calling a family member to share his first time in a combine.

Going forward, he hopes more people will join him in the cab and says the invitation is always open. Adding that hands-on consumer education is an important role in this day and age when it comes to how food is grown.

Listen below to the full interview with RealAgriculture’s Jessika Guse and farmer, Kelvin Hannah.

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