Ali has a degree in Food Production and the Environment (B.Sc.) from McGill University and an M.Sc in Agroecology from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Ali spent a number of seasons working as an intern and volunteer on farms in Ontario, BC and abroad, after which she helped run a market garden CSA business. Prior to working with EFAO, Ali spent 6 years as FarmStart’s Training and Resources Program Manager, developing workshops, courses, farm tours and resources for new ecological farmers across Ontario. Ali loves supporting ecological farmers; the growers, innovators and community builders who are doing such valuable work!
Fiona lives and writes on a small farm in Marmora, Ont., where she grows vegetables and raises sheep, pigs, goats, bees, an assortment of poultry and two kids. She’s written for a number of magazines and websites, including Small Farm Canada, and holds a B.A. in International Development from the University of Guelph, and a B.A.A. in Journalism from Ryerson. She’s currently working on her MFA (University of King’s College, 2015) and writing a book called Digging Deep about her move to the farm and living an authentic life close to the land.
Heather has studied Social-Ecological Systems at McGill (B.A.&Sc.) and completed an M.Sc. in Landscape Ecology at Carleton University. Since then she has been working on farms in Eastern Ontario and now runs an eight acre market garden in Prince Edward County, Fiddlehead Farm with her partner Steph. She spent two years coordinating farmer-to-farmer learning and networking in the Kingston Area before folding the group into the EFAO. She jumped on board the new farmer-led research program keen to integrate science and its teachings into practical, everyday ecological farming!
Katie Baikie, Education Director
Katie has a BAH in Political Studies from Queen’s University and has been working in ecological agriculture since 2010. She brings experience in education, events and marketing with various Ontario farms and not-for-profit organizations to her work as Education Director with EFAO. Katie is thrilled to support farmers and organizations working toward a resilient agricultural and food sector in Ontario.
Martina has been involved in southern Ontario’s ecological farm network since 2011 when she completed a full season internship at Ignatius Farm. She spent the following 4 years farming in Perth County and in BC, and has also been involved with the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training. She currently runs a small market garden in Wellington County. Martina’s farm journey has been fueled by the strong connections and mentorship offered by others, and she is pleased to be furthering these connections for fellow farmers through her work with the EFAO. Martina has a BScH in Animal Biology from the University of Guelph.
Rebecca has always been fascinated by the plants around her, and in particular the connection between plants and culture. This curiosity led her to study botany and anthropology. She holds a Masters degree in Anthropology and International Development from the University of Guelph. In 2013, she joined Whole Circle Farm as a CRAFT intern, continued by co-managing the 10-acre CSA and helping to reintroduce seed production to the farm. Since then, she started a participatory pepper breeding project with three other farmers in southern Ontario with support from plant breeders at Cornell University and in cooperation with EFAO’s Farmer-Led Research Program. In farming, plant breeding, and seed saving she seeks to honour the past, present and future.
Sarah has degrees in ecology from the University of Toronto (B.Sc. and M.Sc.) and a Ph.D. in soil microbial ecology from Iowa State University. Through her involvement with Practical Farmers of Iowa, Sarah saw firsthand the positive change that comes from farmer-led research. Since returning to Ontario she has worked to develop and coordinate EFAO’s farmer-led research program, which supports member-farmers to design, collect and share evidence-based information for their farms. When she is not working with EFAO, you can find Sarah growing pasture-raised livestock with her husband Drake at their farm, Three Ridges Ecological Farm.