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Memoir, Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Farming, World War II, Wild Animals, Arts and Crafts, British Columbia

From The Ground Up
The Weltis In The New World A Pioneer Story
by Michaela Welti

Michaela Welti’s story starts as a little girl born in Switzerland just as the Nazi party came to power in Germany, and the whole of Europe was plunged into war when she was six.

With the sound of the guns at the front closeby, Michaela’s father made a hazardous journey from Dunkirk to East Germany to reach them, and they made their escape to Switzerland through a ruined Germany.

Years later, in her twenties, Michaela started to think of marriage. The prospects of a likely partner in her village seemed remote, and Michaela took the radical step of advertising in a magazine that specialized in matchmaking! Little did she realise that her future husband would read her ad in a mining camp on Vancouver Island, miles away on the West Coast of Canada.

Michaela stepped off the plane in Vancouver, BC on November 25, 1957, age 24, to meet her new husband, Max Welti and were married within ten days. In time, their dreams lead them to a successful life in organic farming.

The love of the Weltis for each other, for nature, the plants and the earth, and for God who created it, are vividly portrayed in Michaela’s story.

Michaela Welti photo

Michaela (‘Maya’) Welti is a self-taught artist specialising in Pastel, Watercolour and textile arts. Her felting and paintings have won several awards. Since 1992, she lives with her husband Max in Edgewood, B.C. in the West Kootenays. The Weltis are still in good health and still tend their gardens. Michaela gives Art lessons from her home studio in the winter months.


Michaela Welti
Transcribed by
Frank Appleton
Edgewood Community Internet Society

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