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Nancy Richler, September 17, 2014

I really enjoyed your film--watched it last night. It was so interesting, and beautifully filmed. I was interested in it on two levels--first, the story of the Jewish farmers on the prairies has always interested me. I drive across this country at least once or twice a year because I divide my time between Vancouver and Montreal, and several times I have pulled off the main highway to seek out the remnants of the old Jewish farming settlements. Your film put the human story to the places I've visited.
Additionally. my partner and I own a five acre hobby farm in the Fraser Valley and for years we sold organic blueberries at various markets around Vancouver. And before that my partner had dairy cows--jerseys-- so we both loved hearing the modern day farmers talk about their connection to the land and their animals, how it really is a spiritual connection. That's something we both feel.


Frank Gutman, May 1, 2014

The family- my father’s first cousin, Joseph Arthur Guttman (known as J.A. in the family since my father was also Joseph) went homesteading in Western Canada in 1905, when Alberta became a province. He received a free homestead in Trochu, Alta. They lived in a root cellar for the first year- through the winter!
In Gutkind’s book there are multiple pictures of that part of the family. J.A was the son of Schmeil Guttman, My grandfather’s elder brother. He had 9 children and my grandfather had 6. I am attaching an item identifying the individuals pictures in the book.

I found two copies of the book : at the JPL (Montreal Jewish Public Library);
Jourrney into our heritage : the story of the Jewish people in the Canadian west / Harry Gutkin. Gutkin, Harry, 1915-
Call Number ML 971.204924 G984j
Author Gutkin, Harry, 1915-
Title Journey into our heritage : the story of the Jewish people in the Canadian west / Harry Gutkin.
Physical Description 264 p. : ill. ; 31 cm.


Myra Grosfield, May 20, 2014

Thank you for documenting a part of Canadian Jewish history that few people know about. Although there was not a jewish farming community in Thunderbay, as per your doc, there were at least 4 jewish families involved in this field In the 50's when I came to Toronto to attend university..families would ask what my father did in Thunderbay and when I would say farming..they chuckled and then said..oh come on..tell us what he really does! On my return for my 2nd term I responded to this question by saying he was an Agriculture Engineer! That was an accepted response.


Ricki Miles, May 7, 2014

I live in Winnipeg and Freeda Fenster Baron is my 93 year old mother. I have attached the first of three parts of her book. The rest of the book is about her later life in Winnipeg and the lives of her children, etc. which is not about your topic. The parts I have attached are about Edenbridge and the farm she grew up on.

Click here to read part of book.



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