It is our pleasure to congratulate Robin, Jeniffer, and Mae Heelis for filling their CSA farm membership for the season. Thank you to the Heelis family for sharing their story.
Tell us about your farm. What are you growing? Where are you situated?
Gore Farm sits just outside of St. Stephen, New Brunswick. The farm has been in the family since the late 1980's, but we began growing in 2012. Currently, we grow a wide range of market vegetables, eggs (well, the chickens do most of that work) and a few herbs and fruits for our CSA members throughout Charlotte County and for sale at the St. Stephen Farmer's Market.
2. What attracted you to farming? What are you most passionate about?
Philosophy & Practicality. Philosophically, my wife Jennifer and I found ourselves becoming increasingly focused on the quality of our food and the sustainability of our food system. The more we read, and the more agricultural conferences we attended, the more we began to edge toward action over ideology.
Practically, I am not truly happy unless I have a little dirt under my fingernails. Our move to starting our farming enterprise (however small) fed my innate desire for physical labour and sunshine; while, at the same time, providing sustenance for our family. Ultimately, whether it be philosophy or practicality, it is our desire to live more sustainably and contribute to our community by offering a local,
seasonal and sustainably grown produce alternative. And, I must say, we are overwhelmed by the support we have garnered throughout the past four years and extraordinarily thankful for it!
3. What are you most looking forward to in the season ahead?
Winter ending. It is almost May and I think it is still here. Our greenhouse is bursting with seedlings eager to get in the ground; ground, that is far too wet yet to receive them. Overall, we are excited to increase our presence at the St. Stephen Farmer's Market (thanks to the added labour of our niece!), to provide the highest quality produce to our more than thirty members, and to continue to contribute sustainably grown produce to the local food economy in Charlotte County. Oh... and that dirt under our fingernails!
Robin, Jennifer & Mae Heelis
Couldn't resist sharing this. Mae Heelis learning to plant.
Leave a Reply
Please login in to post a reply