about us

Roots and Shoots Farm is a small-scale, organic vegetable farm that works to improve our local food system while inspiring our customers to explore the wonders of seasonal produce. We are located at in Ste. Cecile de Masham, close to Wakefield in Quebec.

This year we will provide quality organically-grown food through summer and fall vegetable shares (CSA), and our booths at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Lansdowne Park and Westboro Farmers’ Market at Byron Park.

Robin Turner

RobinPhotoOwner & Farm Manager
Robin spent his twenties travelling in Asia and teaching English before finally deciding to return to University to study environmental science.

While at UBC he was forcefully exposed to core agriculture curriculum, which made him realize that food is the main way humanity explores its connection with the natural environment. He got a job on a farm that summer. Two years after that he got his first taste of organic vegetable farming, and has never looked back.

Robin has worked on and managed organic vegetable farms in Montreal, Boston, and Ottawa since 2004. He holds a degree in Sustainable Agriculture from the University of British Columbia.

 

Jess Weatherhead

JessWeatherheadOwner & Farm Manager
Jess has been farming for her entire life. Driving tractors, plucking chickens,  and showing cows were part of a rich, rural childhood that established an appreciation for fresh air, bare feet and close food.

Jess manages all the crop planning, crop rotations and seeding at Roots and Shoots Farm. She also finds the time to grow our organic flowers. Jessica graduated from St. Stephen’s University in 2008 with a degree in History and Literature.

web: jessweatherhead.com

 

 

Danny Beswick

Danny2CSA & Market Manager
Danny has worked at Roots and Shoots since it’s conception in 2010. Danny is committed to providing an alternative to the current industrial, import-led food system. His wit and charm keeps the farm team motivated and our customers grinning.  He also likes to drive tractors.

Danny graduated from Sheffield University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Geography.

 
 

 

 

Kielan Way

Kielan2
Greenhouse Manager and Field Team Leader

Kielan has been at Roots and Shoots since he
interned with us in the summer of 2012. After travelling in his youth, he returned to Canada with a passion for sustainable food production.

He loves working fast, hard, and spending
time in hot greenhouses. He also plays professional Ultimate Frisbee. Kieran holds a degree in Environmental Studies from Carleton University.
 

 

 

Malissa Levitsky

MalissaField Team Leader
After spending years working for NGOs in offices, Malissa was drawn to the outdoors to work on farms.

Since then, she participated in an urban agriculture program in Montreal, interned on a farm in the southern Arizona desert and most recently completed a full season apprenticeship on a one-acre organic farm in Prince Edward Island.
This is her first year at Roots and Shoots and she looks forward to having a good season!

 

 

Aidan McGoldrick

Aidan2016 Internship Program
This is Aidan’s first summer of farm work after completing her BSc in Biology at the University of Ottawa.

She comes from experiences in gardening, landscaping and weed surveying and is keen to begin working with sustainable food.  Lucky for the farm team, she loves (and is pretty good at) cooking!

 

 

Derek Shaver

Derek2016 Internship Program
Derek grew up in a small town called Stevensville, Ontario.

He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Brock University. He believes in restoring small-scale local food production, and looks forward to the opportunities which lie ahead in sustainable organic farming. This will be his first season with Roots and Shoots as an intern.

 

 

Bianka Sawicz

Bianka2016 Internship Program
Upon completing a degree in Environmental Science, from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC, Bianka spent the next 15 years working in conservation, environmental science and biology, while growing food and learning how to live off grid.

Bianka is excited to join the Roots and Shoots Intern program in 2016 and is looking forward to learning as much as possible about farming.