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 in Ste. Cecile de Masham, close to Wakefield in Quebec.

This year we will provide quality organically-grown food through summer, fall and winter vegetable shares (CSA), at grocery stores in the region, and our booth at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Lansdowne Park.

 

Certified Organic

In 2012, Roots and Shoots Farm attained certified organic status through EcoCert Canada. In Canada, all certifiers have to meet the National Organic Standards established in 2009. These standards are available on the web here. Although we meet almost every one of our customers face to face on a weekly basis, and despite the fact that any one of our customers is welcome to visit the farm to see how we grow, we still feel it is very important to support the organic standards by becoming certified our selves.

This is because Certified Organic means so much more than just what the consumer sees when buying the product. Certified Organic farms are required to not only keep extremely accurate record keeping of everything that comes in and goes out of the farm, but also ensures that we follow strict standards about:

  • following a sensible, planned, multi-year rotation to break insect and disease cycles on the farm

  • following a composting regime complete with daily temperature recording

  • limiting the amounts of manure brought in from other farms

  • encouraging the integration of animals to make the farm self sufficient

  • using cover crops every year in every field to build organic matter and fertility

  • using only substances on the “Permitted Substances List”, which prohibits any synthetic chemicals, fertilizers or pesticides on the farm

  • recording every seed purchase, buying only certified organic seed, and showing proof that organic seed was adequately sought out if it was not available, and never using treated or genetically modified seed

  • protecting waterways and wetlands from farm runoff

  • requiring that animals have access to free ranging space that is out of doors

In the end, there are many aspects to Certified Organic that are not obvious from reading a label on a Certified Organic product. Certified Organic protects not only the health of the consumer, but also the health of the farmer, the ecosystems that produce the food, the waterways on the farm, and the biodiversity of the farm. It is for this reason that Roots and Shoots Farm supports and adheres to Certified Organic standards.

Our Team

 
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JESS WEATHERHEAD

Co-owner & 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 time to grow our organic flowers. 

Jessica graduated from St. Stephen’s University in 2008 with a degree in History and Literature.

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KIELAN WAY

Crop planning, Seeding 

& Greenhouses

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.

Kielan holds a degree in Environmental Studies from Carleton University.

AMELIA CARLETON

Packing, Distribution

& Social Media

Coming soon!

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ROBIN TURNER

Co-owner & 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.

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TIM ROBINSON

Crew Leader, Tractor, Construction & Mechanics

Coming soon!

EMILY DUNCAN NADEAU

Customer service, Bookkeeping, Website

Coming soon!

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