A little introduction..
So I thought I’d better make an entry describing a bit about who we are.
Jered has farmed his entire life. He is the fourth generation on his land, he lives in the house his Baba and Gido built, and he is very connected to his land and his community. He grew up farming pigs and grain, alongside his father. The lack of sustainability of intensive hog farming took a major toll on the family farm in the ‘90’s (another blog for another day), and Jered is slowly rebuilding, by growing a sustainable, old-style family farm. He’s got farming in his blood, there’s no question. He loves it to the core.
I’m Jered’s girlfriend, and I couldn’t come from a more opposing background. I grew up in major centers, moved around a lot as a kid and in my early twenties, and have never experienced the feeling of being rooted in a community like Jered. But we have one major thing in common – we are passionate about food production. We see the problems with current production system (again, a blog for another day), and we are inspired to create an alternative. I have a PhD in nutrition, and right now I work at the University of Alberta and spend my weekends on the farm. I am a farming rookie, there’s no doubt about it. I have lots of education, but no experiential knowledge – the most valuable kind, on the farm. But I’m growing into my rubber boots.
So our vision is to run a farm that produces food the way it was before intensive agriculture took over. Natural, outdoors, no cages, nothing high tech. Without extensive manipulation of the natural order of things. With respect to the land that feeds us, and the sentience of the animals.