About Rhizome Farms

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As borrowed from Rhizome Cafe in Vancouver:
Rhizome: In the botanical sense, a rhizome is a root system that some plants use to spread themselves. While the roots of most plants point generally downward, the rhizome is a horizontal root system that runs parallel to the surface of the ground. The plant sends shoots up from nodes in the rhizome, creating what look like many separate plants. These seemingly unrelated individuals are actually all connected, through a system that's not immediately visible to the eye.

Although we may exist seemingly unrelated, we are all connected in someway.

Working away in the afternoon.  Photo by travelin' man; James Douglas.

About me:  I grew up in Toronto, but often visited my grandfather's hobby orchard in St. Catharines.  After university,  I went WWOOFing (Willful Workers On Organic Farms) at Stowel Lake Farms on Saltspring Island in British Columbia in 2009 and at "Wild Roots" in Whycogomagh, Nova Scotia in 2010, volunteered with YUFCSA (Youth Urban Farmers, CSA, now called "Cultivate Toronto"), Not Far From the Tree (Toronto) and worked in an organic produce store called "The Sweet Potato" in 2010.  In 2011, I had the opportunity to move to St. Catharines to cultivate (pun intended!) the dream of creating a market garden. Thus, "Rhizome Farms" was born.

The summer of 2011, I sold at Brock Farmers Market and to individual clients.  In 2012, I sold produce at the Niagara on the Lake Farmers Market for the month of July, and ran a Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) project for the months of July, August and September.  In 2013, I worked as a field manager on an organic farm north of Toronto, and in 2014 and 2015 I ran a CSA for the months of June - November.  This year I will be having a seedling sale on the farm in early May, running a CSA from May/June to October.

I follow the principles of sustainable and organic agriculture; don't use any chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides; I donate produce to local community organizations (R.A.F.T, Food Not Bombs), I believe in saving seed and preserving as much as possible.  I continue to explore the principles of permaculture and other aspects of sustainable and ethical agriculture.  I also work retail for nutritional supplements, so my interest is also focused on holistic healthcare.  I know that a better understanding of our food system is integral to our health, well-being and environment.

Building raised beds at Brock University with local organization, D.I.G. Photo by Omar Mosquera.

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