Our Journey Home - A Young Farmers' Blog

A Salanova Story Follow-Up

A Salanova Story Follow-Up

As some of you know- this winter our farm did a lot of advocacy work around a pelleted lettuce seed called Salanova. Read our blog for more details (long version: https://zocaloorganics.ca/certifiedorganic/; abridged version: http://www.organiccouncil.ca/news/zocalo)....

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To Be Or Not To Be… Certified Organic

To Be Or Not To Be… Certified Organic

Over the last 2 months Seb and I have agonized over a particularly tough decision. Our commitment to ecology, soil improvement, and nutrient dense food production is at the core of why we became farmers. This year, our involvement in the bureaucratic effort that is...

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Farmer Health Day

Farmer Health Day

With the support of the EFAO (Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario), our farm (Zócalo Organics) held a “Farmer Health Day” on Sunday July 10!  I want to share with you some musings about why I felt motivated to plan and host this day, and some reflections from...

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How Fear Helped My Farm

How Fear Helped My Farm

Recently one of the first interns who worked with us in our first year emailed me saying that he is considering studying organic agriculture, and that he wanted me to make a list for him of everything that "sucks" about farming. Maybe I could have said... “Farming is...

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A New Season Ahead

A New Season Ahead

This past summer I wrote a newsletter every week for our lovely CSA Members, and neglected the blog somewhat. I'll admit I do have a sore-spot for things in actual print;  things that can be held in the kitchen, and have tomato sauce splashed on them while cooking....

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Meet Bethany & Seb

Bethany & Seb are the two upstart organic farmers behind Zócalo Farm. Bethany and Seb rely on a growing network of friends, family, volunteers and consumers to operate and sustain their farm. This blog will keep you informed about life at Zócalo Farm.

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A New Season Ahead

This past summer I wrote a newsletter every week for our lovely CSA Members, and neglected the blog somewhat. I'll admit I do have a sore-spot for things in actual print;  things that can be held in the kitchen, and have tomato sauce splashed on them while cooking....

read more

Winter Solstice

Reflecting and setting intentions last night, in the stillness of the solstice, I came to a realization.  As a farmer, I've become too serious, too pragmatic.  A farmer’s world can be a world of incredible pressures; a mortgage to pay, interns to mentor, soils to...

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weekend of rain

I love the sound of the rain.  It's all I can hear.  Rain trickling flowing falling. relieved rain. Release rain, rinsing.  Happy rain. Ferocious rain.  All at once, everything-is-happening-right-now rain. Rain blown by wind sideways at the roof; dripping, seeping,...

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An Open Letter to Restauranteurs

* See follow up note below!   Something very disappointing just happened with a restaurant client.  Please read and find out the very simple ways you can help maintain a positive, and fruitful relationship with your farmers! When calling to inform our clients that we...

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When we don’t talk

In this article I discuss the links between farming and mental health issues, mainly depression and anxiety.  I am exposing these issues and my own personal experiences because I believe they need to be talked about in order to sustain a new and necessary generation of farmers in our country and beyond.   I have incredible privilege to be farming in North America and to be speaking about this.  I hope it helps start a meaningful conversation around farming and mental health!

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Our Journey Home

Since 2009, Seb and I have been on what we call "Our Journey Home," a deep exploration of farming and land stewardship that has led us to begin our own organic farm business. We wanted to take a quick opportunity to tell you about how we got to where we are today. In...

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Welcome!

Hello, and welcome to our brand new website and blog. We're Bethany and Seb, the two wide-eyed, bushy-tailed greenhorn farmers behind Zócalo Farm, an organic farm specializing in produce. With the help of many friends and family, we bought our farm in June 2014 from...

read more

Winter Solstice

Reflecting and setting intentions last night, in the stillness of the solstice, I came to a realization.  As a farmer, I've become too serious, too pragmatic.  A farmer’s world can be a world of incredible pressures; a mortgage to pay, interns to mentor, soils to...

weekend of rain

weekend of rain

I love the sound of the rain.  It's all I can hear.  Rain trickling flowing falling. relieved rain. Release rain, rinsing.  Happy rain. Ferocious rain.  All at once, everything-is-happening-right-now rain. Rain blown by wind sideways at the roof; dripping, seeping,...

An Open Letter to Restauranteurs

An Open Letter to Restauranteurs

* See follow up note below!   Something very disappointing just happened with a restaurant client.  Please read and find out the very simple ways you can help maintain a positive, and fruitful relationship with your farmers! When calling to inform our clients that we...

When we don’t talk

When we don’t talk

In this article I discuss the links between farming and mental health issues, mainly depression and anxiety.  I am exposing these issues and my own personal experiences because I believe they need to be talked about in order to sustain a new and necessary generation of farmers in our country and beyond.   I have incredible privilege to be farming in North America and to be speaking about this.  I hope it helps start a meaningful conversation around farming and mental health!

Our Journey Home

Our Journey Home

Since 2009, Seb and I have been on what we call "Our Journey Home," a deep exploration of farming and land stewardship that has led us to begin our own organic farm business. We wanted to take a quick opportunity to tell you about how we got to where we are today. In...

Welcome!

Welcome!

Hello, and welcome to our brand new website and blog. We're Bethany and Seb, the two wide-eyed, bushy-tailed greenhorn farmers behind Zócalo Farm, an organic farm specializing in produce. With the help of many friends and family, we bought our farm in June 2014 from...