Ten years ago I moved back to NL from BC via Indonesia with nothing but an education, a backpack and guitar to start working on building the family farm back into a business. The long-term goal is that the farm will contribute to NL and the local community by re-introducing fresh healthy food to local people.
Being formally trained as a forester has provided me with the knowledge of plant physiology and soil dynamics that are the core of the skills base used for growing the delicious food.
With just over 5 acres of land under organic production we are currently seeking certification and expanding our operations yearly.
Some of the fields I plow have been in production for over eighty years by four successive generations of my family. Since starting to convert it back to organic production (something which came to an abrupt halt in the late 50's) the soil has been recovering from years of fertilizer and chemical applications. Though most of the fields were lightly used for the past 15 years or so, the constant bombardment of salt based chemical fertilizers played havoc with the soil organisms and other life so necessary for healthy soil.
By applying kelp, horse manure, capelin (a small pelagic species of fish abundant in the area), crab shells and ever increasing amounts of compost the soil is turning darker and richer every year. Above is a video of what the beach (1/2km away) looks like after a spring storm.
Goals for the future
The development of a truly sustainable and healthy farming system based on the resources available in the local area.