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From Veggie CSA to Pastured Sheep: Farming for the Long Haul
Saturday August 27, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Brenda Hsueh began Black Sheep Farm in 2009, and runs it today with her partner Skyler and daughter Emma. Their farming practices and ethos prioritize soil health, biodiversity, and social justice. The farm includes a vegetable CSA operation that emphasizes no-till practices and formed the initial foundation for their farming enterprise, which they have built up slowly and intentionally over time. Over the last 10+ years, Brenda and Skyler have developed their flock of rotationally grazed pastured sheep and incorporated a long-term vision of selling a variety of sheep and wool products into their farm business. This field day has much to offer to participants, from learning about CSA market gardening to incorporating pastured sheep to silvopasture practices and more. Beyond any single farming enterprise, Brenda will share some of the strategies and frameworks she has used to run a successful and sustainable farm business for the long haul – one that supports her family with minimal off-farm income.
All are welcome to join this field day, with the tour taking place from 12-1:30pm. After the farm tour, Black, Indigenous, and farmers of colour are invited to stay for a BIPOC Farmers Network community picnic and social. If you would like to carpool to this event, please fill out this form.
This field day is an OSCIA-recognized On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF) Knowledge Sharing Event for applicants with approved Rotational Grazing Systems projects. Questions about OFCAF should be directed to OFCAF@ontariosoilcrop.org