Kaylah is our resident momma bear here at the mill. She helps us all stay on track and organized. She manages our office and small packaging division, so if you’ve ever ordered from us you can be sure Kaylah had a hand in it. Kaylah plays an important role in getting our grain to your table. Since we strongly believe in the importance of knowing the people who help feed you, we want you to be able to get to know all of us a little better! I recently sat down with Kaylah to learn some more about who she is and what drives her. I first simply asked her to tell me a little bit about herself.
“I am a mother of two and a wife, the office manager at Daybreak Mill and the mayor of North Portal. I consider myself a non committal hippie, I guess you could say that I have a bohemian spirit. Contributing time and energy to things that impact the people around me is important to me. This is what drove me to join North Portal’s town council as mayor. I’m also on the SCC at my children’s school, I enjoy being on committees and impacting positive change. One of my downfalls is that I can tend to spread myself too thin.
I was born and raised in Estevan in a Christian family, I was the stereotypical preachers kid. I met my husband Ryan when I was 20 and the surprise birth of our son at a young age helped me to calm down and grow up. Three years later we welcomed our daughter Willow in to the world. Not too long after that we decided to move our family to North Portal. We wanted to raise our children in a more rural environment where they could have some freedom.”
Kaylah has been a friend of mine for a long time now, and having the opportunity to work with her has been amazing! Not only to we get along very well, she also makes my life a heck of a lot easier with her efficient manner of taking care of business.
I next asked Kaylah if she felt that working at the mill had changed/benefitted her.
“Substantially! Before I started working, I had slowly started shifting in to whole foods for my family. But being on a single income, it was very hard to do even though I had the knowledge. So once I started working at Daybreak, I gained so much. Income, knowledge and a discount ;) hehe. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a lot of different people with different styles of healthy living that I can combine and make work for my family. Through talking to customers, through Nicole and through our resident vegetarians.”
Kaylah is behind a lot of our recent recipes, and she is a well known whiz in the kitchen. I wanted to know what inspired her passion to get so good at cooking and baking.
“I hadn’t cooked a meal in my life until I started working in group homes. And when you’re feeding a large amount of adults it’s hard to please everyone while also having nutritious food that tastes good. I started working there at a young age, I was only 18. Starting out there made me want to be able to cook better than just okay. When I started my family, I was a horrendous cook. Hot sauce went on everything because a lot of it came from a freezer. That was also in part because I had just had a baby. So when I finally started realizing that my cooking skills weren’t growing as fast as I wanted them to, I started reading about what herbs pair well together, proper ways to cook meat, and just really started trying to learn about food and what it takes to transform it into something delicious. I wanted to feel pride in my food, knowing that it didn’t just come out of the freezer. I love the satisfaction of someone telling me that I cooked an amazing meal, knowing that I put time and effort in to it and used whole ingredients.”
I then wanted to know what Kaylah thought she could to do contribute to a better future for her children.
“My biggest thing that I push for my kids is to ask questions. Just because somebody tells them that being vegetarian is healthier than eating meat, I want them to ask why and look in to it for themselves and make an informed decision on their own. Not just when it comes to food but when it comes to faith, and even education. I’m trying to instill in them an inquisitive spirit. For example my oldest son is an amazing reading, and so I pay him $2 for every novel he finishes. I do that because I want to teach him that there is value in reading and that even though one day there won’t be monetary value for it, he will always get something out of it. Basically, I don’t want them to be sheep.”
If you could change three things about the world what would they be Kaylah?
"I wish that organic food would become the norm so that it would be financially available to more families. Just knowing how badly I wanted to buy all organic food for my family but knowing that it was out of our realm of financial possibility, it really sucked. I also wish that greed didn’t exist because I swear it all comes back to selfishness and greed, anything that’s wrong in this world. I wish everybody could just chill out.
I also wish that sugar was a fat burner!"
So that’s our Kaylah! She is an incredible asset to our team and we hope you enjoyed getting to know her as much as we did!