Tuckaway Farms – Ferme patrimoniale en région rurale à Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador

Bienvenue dans notre série d’articles pour le programme de Jeunesse en Patrimoine 2023 – où nous présentons le travail extraordinaire de nos partenaires et les opportunités qu’ils offrent à leurs jeunes employés. Vous trouverez ci-dessous un premier article partagé avec nous par Megan Samms, qui dirige une entreprise rurale exceptionnelle avec laquelle nous avons eu le plaisir de travailler par le passé : Tuckaway Farms Apiary and Apothecary.

Veuillez noter qu’il s’agit d’un article soumis, alors le contenu est seulement disponible en anglais.

Tuckaway is a small regenerative farm, apiary and apothecary on the southwest coast of Ktaqmkuk/ Newfoundland. Regenerative agriculture is a way of practicing that prioritizes health of the soil, water, air, animals, insects – the land as an interwoven whole. It can also be thought of as holistic agriculture and for us, it’s born from a deep love of the land.

At Tuckaway, we plant heritage, open pollinated and organic seeds and tend them to fruition by amending our plots with compost and mulch. Our work is toward simple goals in our community — to provide whole food, bio-regional and handmade body care, to participate in local events, and to make a job or two in our rural community.

We cultivate food for the table – tomatoes, sweet & hot peppers, culinary herbs, salad blends, cauliflower, summer & winter squash, beans, peas, cucumbers and more. We like to grow small amounts of heritage storage crops too, like Long Blue Potatoes & Newfoundland Turnip.

In the on-farm studios we create naturally dyed and hand woven textiles, paintings, photo work, and hand carved wooden ware. Matt, our Senior Farm and Studio hand whose employment is supported by Youth in Heritage, works in the gardens, on the land as a wildcrafter, and in the studios. He uses skills to keep crops in rotation, to support studio work, and to take care of honeybees and animals. Much of the success of Tuckaway is owed to Matt and the skills he embodied before he came to us, as well as the ones he is learning on the job.

In Matt’s sweet words, “I love working at Tuckaway, a great experience, I’m always learning, it’s a happy and loving, caring and healthy work environment; I always feel safe and calm, never on edge. My work is varied and takes skill, can be physical or mental. Examples include, general body care like making soap, salves etc, general farm handing and gardening work, like construction of huts and feeders for chickens, fencing, many more tasks to list, always a pleasure and low pressure environment. I have learned a lot as well, very caring employers as well great friends. I do upkeep of the animals and plants. Tuckaway is my favourite, completely off grid setup, best work experience I could ask for, as well positive community impacts.”

For more information on Tuckaway make sure to check them out on facebook @tuckawayfaa.

Credit: Megan Samms


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