Guest Speaking and Educational Opportunities

Background

Raised in an urban setting in the small city of Stratford with no background in agriculture, it has always been a mystery of what had drawn me to agriculture. From my earliest memories I have always been fascinated with growing things. After completing a master s degree in geography and settling into the teaching profession, my gardening has grown steadily from a backyard garden to 1 ½ acre commercial market garden.

Intellectual Influences

I am heavily indebted to both the work of Eliot Coleman and Joel Salatin two pioneers in the organic movement whose practices have informed what we do here at Am Braigh farm.

Eliot Coleman has inspired my goal to provide year round vegetables here in zone 4 with minimal winter protection. Our soil here is thin and very sandy with the bedrock close to the surface, yet through the practices of crop rotation, green manures and compost we have turned Am Braigh into a thriving vegetable farm.

Joel Salatin has been an advocate of how animals are an integral part of a sustainable farm system. Using ideas from permaculture he has devised pastured poultry systems that we have adapted here.

Michael Pollan’s critique of the modern food industry has made the need for a more local agriculture all the more apparant .

Together these three individuals and their ideas have formed the core of our mission here to provide and build a strong local food economy and to provide educational opportunities so that people interested in learning the possibilities that exist building sustainable food systems.

Guest Speaking Topics:

  1. Building linkages to create a strong local economy. This talk covers the steps of how one farm can start the process of building linkages with fellow producers to create a vibrant local food movement.
  2. Social Media and the marketing of your farm. This can be delivered as a hands-on workshop to help the farmer set up a social media campaign or as talk covering the steps one would take to use this new marketing technique.

If you are interested in either of the talks. Contact me

Educational work opportunities at Am Braigh

Am Braigh is a member of the WWOOF organization that connects people who would like to work on organic farms with farms who are interested in hosting them. We have hosted guests from Australia, Germany, Denmark, South Korea, Vietnam, Japan and Taiwan who have come and stayed. We have also have had the chance to WWOOF in Ireland on a bicycling trip around Ireland.