It all started back in 2019 when Matthew Almusa got a Facebook message from Brent Shepherd, a cousin who was searching the family’s Finnish genealogy.
Shepherd had found a distant relative, Mia Halonen, who happened to be well-connected in Finland’s television industry. Halonen had asked if Shepherd knew a man who fit three characteristics — being of Finnish heritage, single and a farmer — for a show.
Almusa fit that profile, so he reached out for more details.
“I was really curious about what was going on,” Almusa said in an interview with CBC Radio’s Morning Edition.