I only ever wanted two kids.
Yep…I'm starting there. However, when our youngest boy Lucas went off to school,
my amazing wife Amy decided she wanted to try for a girl. Enjoying our new life-stage
of freedom, I filled whiteboards with mathematical formulas showing that we would
likely have another boy. I also tried to remind her of the sleepless nights and diaper
changes that we could avoid if we stuck with two. However, this is not a decision that
you can talk your partner out of.
So, in 2016 Grace was born and what a girl she is! The birth of each of our children
changed me, and Grace was no exception. It made me realise that we were taking our
Planet for granted. I found myself reading everything I could about climate change
and possible solutions. When I came across the environmental benefits of
regenerative agriculture, it awakened a seed that had been planted deep in me as a
Through farming, I want to teach my children about where our food comes from and
train their palates to crave wholesome, nutritious foods. I want to be a steward for the
land and build carbon-rich soils that you can stick your arm right into up to your elbow.
Finally, I want to build a community to share in the benefits of reconnecting with
Mother Nature for the health of mind, body and spirit.
Once the decision was made, we looked at a lot of farms. We quickly realised that
finding a farm that met all the requirements and was within a reasonable distance of
our friends and family was going to be impossible. Luckily, our friends Adrian and
Christie were interested in joining us as partners to help make our dream come true.
With their help, we found the most beautiful farm in Port Hope. It's 105 acres in the
rolling Northumberland hills. Its rich history and community and our incredible
neighbours remind me of the community where I grew up in Kakabeka Falls.
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