In Ontario women from the city are defying stereotypes and running farms. Once the purview of the stereotypical old white farmer who hates cow-tippers, now women raised in cities are buying and operating farms in rural Ontario. These young and educated farmers are using organic process and community driven opportunities to run successful farms.
â€œI saw that something was wrong with the world, but I didnâ€™t want to push paper around trying to change it,â€ she said. â€œWhen you work on a farm that respects the environment, you see your impact on the earth in a very real way.â€
Now a proud owner of a 38-hectare vegetable farm in Neustadt, Ont., she finally feels sheâ€™s saving the earth from the ground up, caterpillars and all.
Both Young and Moskovits sell organic vegetables using a community-supported agriculture model. Local families buy in at the start of the season and receive farm-fresh fruits and vegetables every week.
â€œItâ€™s a great feeling to sell directly to people that are eating your food,â€ said Moskovits. â€œMarketing locally also means you arenâ€™t shipping great distances and wasting energy.â€
Itâ€™s also a model that is relatively drought proof. Since members have already paid, they, too, bear the burden when harvests are low.