Khaki Campbell ducks 7
So, I’m pretty sure the ducks think I’m the worst. I tried my best to get them to love me. When they were little, I would hang out with them as long as I could and sing songs or read aloud to them. While I was busy on the farm, I’d play an interview I did (on the Farmer to Farmer podcast) so they’d get used to my voice (full disclaimer, I’ve never listened to the podcast myself….I hate hearing myself speak!). I looked for treats around the farm for them to make sure they didn’t miss out on anything […]

I Think Our Ducks Hate Me

garden hoe
When I wake up in the morning, the very first thought in my mind is whether I’ll be planting, weeding or harvesting today (or all three!).Though if it’s a market day, I’ll be up at 3:30 am and am unlikely to have formulated any thoughts yet. And after that – I wonder what kind of breakfast I’ll find on the farm at that time of year…farm-fresh eggs, wild blackberries, August apples, or a sweet and creamy winter squash. My heart glows when I pull a perfect, long, straight carrot out of the ground. My heart breaks when an entire bed […]

A Farmer’s Manifesto

Cut Flower field tour
Buying local, ecologically-grown food is a no-brainer. There are so many benefits, both for families as well as for our local community, economy, and ecology. Voting with our dollars and choosing food grown by a farmer we know and whose values and practices we respect is one of the biggest social, ecological, and economic changes we can make to boost our (largely-rural) Atlantic provinces. I know firsthand, I’m a first-generation farmer who could never have dreamed of settling and making my livelihood here in Atlantic Canada without the support of eaters. Eaters who choose to eat the fresh, local organic […]

Why Local Cut Flowers?

Landscape fabric 9
I wrote this article for ACORN’s summer 2015 newsletter and am now republishing it here. At the end of March of this year (2015), we found a memo in our inbox from Ecocert (the organic certifying body that we are certified with). In this memo, we were told that we would no longer be able to use the biodegradable plastic mulch (made with non-GMO corn starch) that we had been using unless we removed it after use. We were surprised and concerned. It was definitely a little last-minute! We still had leftover rolls of it at the farm from last […]

The Case of the Unapproved Biodegradable Plastic Mulch

One of the things I love most about farming is the never-ending opportunity for growth. Not just the wonderful growth I see all around me – plants, animals, the development of our farm in general. But the growth of me as a person. I get to learn about things I never really even considered. One such opportunity recently came along: I am now on the Canadian Organic Standards Revision Technical Committee on behalf of the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN). In mid-December, we had the first of four 3-day meetings that will take place over the next 2 years. […]

Sitting Around the Organic Table

  We are organic farmers because we want to save the world! We want to make sure that our life’s work is the best way we know how (always learning and changing…) to create healthy ecosystems and a healthy food source. When neighbourhood children bicycle past, we want to make sure the air is healthy for them to breathe. We want to make sure the River Hebert, where our ground water and stream water is ending up, isn’t polluted because of our farming practices. We want people to be able to eat the most nutritious part of the fruits and […]

Celebrating Organic Agriculture