My family immigrated to Canada from Germany in 1969. I spent my formative years growing up in Toronto where my parents instilled in me a deep love and respect for nature. Living in the suburbs we were lucky to have a dog. I was never a "city girl" and can still remember exploring the creek beds with my friends for tadpoles and treasures. In 1981 my path led me away from the big city when I moved to Prince Edward Island to stay with my grandmother. My "Omi" instilled in me the love of gardening and the beauty,peace and sirenity of working with the earth and Mother Nature.
This appreciation of nature motivated my decision to study Environmental Technology in 1984. By 1986 I put my didactic studies into practise by salvaging an abandoned Homestead now known as Backroad Farm. In this rescue mission the motto reduce, reuse, and recyle were put into practise well before they became fashionable. Now that I had my farm and land, I could follow my childhood dream of raising horses and dogs.