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May 26 2014

Seed Savers Host Young Farmers – Growing Grains – Thur, June 5

The Birds and the Beans Farmers -- Kelsey Knoll, Foster Richardson, Jay Baker-French, Natasha Tymo

The Birds and the Beans Farmers — Kelsey Knoll, Foster Richardson, Jay Baker-French, Natasha Tymo

What do UBC Agriculture graduates do for fun and employment?, we asked Foster Richardson, Natasha Tymo, Kelsey Knoll and Jay Baker-French.
Speaking at the CV Growers and Seed Savers (CVGSS) AGM on Thur, June 5, these four young people explained that they were not looking for secure government research positions or to work for the chem-agribusiness. Instead they wanted to increase their hands-on practice and actually grow and sell healthy food.
“Before we were farmers, we were friends at university, working in the student garden. In our final days of undergrad, we stumbled across the opportunity to lease land from an existing organic farm in the Comox Valley and we jumped on the opportunity,” says Foster.
So they set up their own farm – The Birds and the Beans. According to Foster “Starting in April 2013 we began growing vegetables, raising pastured poultry, and growing staple crops to sell at the farmers’ markets, and direct-to-customer veggie boxes. ”
They focused their talk on their experience with grains and beans – quinoa, barley, oats, buckwheat, dried beans and soup peas.
The Birds and the Beans aims to feed people fully. Natasha explains, “When people think of eating local, there is often a focus on fruits and vegetables, but staple crops are often overlooked. We want to begin filling this gap by growing not only vegetables, but also meat and staple crops like grains and beans.”

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