About the farmers…
Tyler, Erin and their sapling Cypress are a family of foragers, market gardeners and outdoor enthusiast. Their journey began when volunteering on a variety of farms while traveling and woofing around Canada, South America, Asia, and the United States. They brought their knowledge back to their home town and began a volunteer group called We Grow Food where folks from around the neighborhood would come together to help each other start backyard gardens and create a support group for people starting their first garden. After years of internships, volunteering and experimenting on rented land they decided it was time for the next step…making this a business. With that came seeking land and hitting dead ends. They had to get creative…going in on land with friends or family wasn’t an option at that time so they searched farmlink.net and were reconnected with a previous farm Erin had volunteered on called Headwaters Community Farm and Education Centre. Fast forward to 4 years later and they are going into their 4th season on their land through a cooperative relationship.
Erin & Tyler
With Erin’s background in a decade of wildcrafting and farm to kitchen-style cooking, within her community she offers Foragers Farms catering (wild/cultivated food), along with gardening alongside Tyler while raising their beautiful son at their yurt homestead. In her past she has helped start-up and run sustainably-minded restaurants like Lil Organic Kitchen Whitby/Cobourg, Cruda Cafe Toronto, Coco y Chia Mexico City, and Living Foods Malaysia. She gives thanks to her many mentors along the way and aspires to weave the web of wisdom within her circle.
Tyler has a background as a tradesman and applies his welding/building skills to designing the farms infrastructure. A ninja at heart, he loves combining the natural movement of our bodies with his passion for growing food for Foragers Farms. His passion for living close to the land has his knowledge focused on homesteading and survival skills.
For the first 2 years of farming we counted on gaining trust with our customers as they asked “are you organic”? This question comes with a handful of dynamics based on a farmers scenario. To simply answer we would assure them we fed our baby our food! In our third year we decided on a more grassroots verification- Certified Naturally Grown. We have other CNG farmers inspect our farm every year or other farmers. Beyond that we invite all of our customers to the farm for a tour if they’d like, to get the details on our growing practices.
~Our seeds are organic from Johnnys and High Mowing.
~We farm land that was once hay fields (we are entering our 4th year on this land). Each year we have increased our soil health by adding organic pelleted chicken manure and horse manure from the neighbours. As well as green manure from cover crops that we turn into the gardens.
~We use alternative practices for pest control such as netting, insecticides made of essential oils and Dr. Bronners soap, neem oil spray, diatomaceous earth, or straight up hand picking off the bugs (specifically the famous tomato bug Hornworm).
Starting 2020 we are offering tours! Please email us about any details and we can further discuss pricing, time frame, what to bring, etc.