Earth Care

Ecological Farming Practices

In order to honour the earth and all of the creatures with whom we share this space, we are starting out very small, and will always be a small herb farm operation.  After an initial till; to break up the pasture, our family spent weeks removing grass clods by hand, and forming raised beds with shovels, elbow grease, and the help of a small tractor & power-harrow. Now that the gardens are established, we work only with our hands, small-farm tools, and the much appreciated help of good friends. We incorporate principles and practices based on Indigenous agriculture (what has been repackaged as permaculture), biodynamics, and (non-certified) organic  methods. Building healthy soil and beneficial habitat underpins much of what we do.

Ecological Diversity

We want to work with – not against – nature. Part of that is honouring, caring for, and making space for the many  microorganisms, insects, pollinators, birds, and other creatures who call the farm home. Even bats have a special place here on the farm! We’d love to invite you to help foster this interconnectedness by making a bird house for the farm (ask us how). 


Ethical Growing & Harvest

Part of our mission is to do our part to prevent the over-harvest of at-risk and endangered species. Our response to this is three-fold. First, we are slowly learning to work with these species, so we can cultivate them for our community. This takes a lot of time, research, and patience. Second, we will never wild-harvest at-risk or endangered plants. Our wild harvests, which occur only on the land that we steward, are done with intention and care, typically amount to 10% or less of what is available, ultimately depending on the specific plant, size and health of the stand, whether it is getting larger over the years or diminishing, and considering any specific research we have found on maintaining stands of the plant well into the future. We also take into consideration how (and if) we can tend the stand and possibly help to propagate it to ensure its future – to take care of the plants, as they take care of us! Finally, as we  learn and grow, we will share that knowledge with the herb farm community – in the form of conversations in the garden, workshops, and online postings. Thanks for walking this path with us and being patient with us as we learn and grow.


“In some Native languages the term for plants translates to ‘those who take care of us’.”

– Robin Wall Kimmerer

Plant ecologist, Professor of Environmental
& Forest Biology, and author of Braiding Sweetgrass.