We're Angel and Raph, experienced urban growers of food and flowers, making the leap to full time farmers as founders of Good Fortune Farmstead . We choose organic + regenerative farming as our way to grow a legacy of positive change, create opportunities and cultivate good fortune with you, our community.
For over 6 years, we've been working hard to prepare for our human-scale, ecological farm. In early 2020 we began searching for the site to grow our farmstead. But we need your help now.
From the time we started planning in 2015, rural real estate has increased anywhere from 30% - 150% in price. New farmers like ourselves are now facing prices upwards of $850,000 for the average small family farm.
But we continue to hunt every single day with great determination and are ready to leap when we find our property! Our ideal location is in the beautiful rolling hills of Northumberland County, east of Toronto.
Your contribution to our Farm Seed Fund will help grow many exciting things:
- The down payment on a 3-10 acre property (within 2 hours of east of Toronto)
- Start up costs for farm equipment such as walk-behind BCS tractor, seeders, hand tools
- Farm infrastructure such as irrigation, wash/pack house, walk-in cooler, farm stand
No donation is too small! <3
We are city-raised folks with a deep love for growing food and flowers in a way that also nourishes and restores the earth. Working with nature and feeding people fill us both with joy and purpose. As second ( / third / fourth) career mid-life farmers, we bring hard-earned wisdom, diverse skills, battle scars, patience and a good dose of humour to the task.
After all, what better time to start a farm than during a global pandemic, with skyrocketing land prices, scarcity of rural properties, successive stay-at-home-orders and an impending sense of doom? That’s when you know you REALLY want to farm! :D
We believe that acting in our food system will have the biggest impact for the change we hope to seed in the world. Without exception, every person on this planet needs to eat! With the increasing threat of climate change to farmers (later frosts, droughts, extreme weather events that destroy crops), we believe agriculture can be part of the solution.
Our Vision is to be part of a powerful, expanding network of small-scale, organic farm stewards, growing equity with those who have been the most exploited and dis-empowered in our food system. In the past year, the Black Lives Matter movement and the ravages of COVID-19 on farms across the country, have made it clear that the food we eat is deeply rooted in injustice. We want to be part of the solution.
Our Mission is to harness the power of what we eat to increase local food sovereignty. Good Fortune farming will support:
- Cultivating a Climate Change Resilient, beyond-organic farm that offers beautiful, nutrient-dense veggies and fruit. Our goal is to leave the land better than we find it, for future generations.
- Opportunities for education and joyful skill-building for Black youth and adults, to support our Black community's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Our community hub goal is an Each One, Teach One model that empowers folks to help each other start their own food-growing projects, while spending peaceful, restorative time in nature.
- More broadly, we pledge to work in solidarity with local Indigenous and communities of colour in our common goals of food and land justice.
We are keen, hard-working and deeply committed to regenerative farm practices in line with our ancestors’ traditional knowledge, and the land’s original Indigenous caretakers. With Angel’s roots as a Black, mixed race person descended from Afro-Caribbean / Acadian farmers and Raph’s family tree rooted in Quebecois / French millers and farmers, we are drawing on centuries of skilful food production and loving stewardship of the earth.
BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of colour) own less than 2% of farmland in the United States, and in Canada it is estimated to be even lower, due to historical and current systemic racism. Good Fortune Farmstead will help grow a new generation of farm-owners, with a focus on Black growers.
We will use our platform to advocate for the protection of and equitable access to farmland, and for subsidies to support affordable land for diverse, resilient small-scale farms. These are long-term goals but with the recent victories of Farmers For Climate Solutions ($270 million for climate-healing farm subsidies) we are hopeful and energized.
As decades-long enthusiastic supporters of farmers markets and Community Supported Agriculture shares, we truly believe that we need to shift from mass production to production by the masses. With your help, we will grow Good Fortune.
We can't wait to welcome you to our future farm!
Love and good vibes,
Farmer Angel and Farmer Raph
- Chaz Morenz
- Winse Lam
- Eva Roser
- Aric McBay
- Dina Georgis
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