Tyler, Erin and their sapling Cypress are a family of foragers, market gardeners and outdoor enthusiast. Their journey began when volunteering on a variety of farms while traveling and woofing around Canada, South America, Asia, and the United States. They brought their knowledge back to their home town and began a volunteer group called We Grow Food where folks from around the neighborhood would come together to help each other start backyard gardens and create a support group for people starting their first garden.
With Erin’s background in a decade of wildcrafting and farm to kitchen-style cooking, within her community she offers Foragers Farms catering (wild/cultivated food), along with gardening alongside Tyler while raising their beautiful son at their yurt homestead. In her past she has helped start-up and run sustainably-minded restaurants like Lil Organic Kitchen Whitby/Cobourg, Cruda Cafe Toronto, Coco y Chia Mexico City, and Living Foods Malaysia. She gives thanks to her many mentors along the way and aspires to weave the web of wisdom within her circle.
Tyler has a background as a tradesman and applies his welding/building skills to designing the farms infrastructure. A ninja at heart, he loves combining the natural movement of our bodies with his passion for growing food for Foragers Farms. His passion for living close to the land has his knowledge focused on homesteading and survival skills.
Together, Erin and Tyler are the heart and soul of Foragers Farms. They decided to collaborate with partners Headwaters Community Farm and Education Centre in Cobourg Ontario to broaden their horizon with a solid team of enthusiastic growers, teachers, mentors, interns, and volunteers.
“Every year we observe the changes of seasons and the interactions between plants, animals and the elements.
We venture off to the beautiful wild landscapes of the northern Carolinian and the Boreal forest to ecologically harvest edible, medicinal and utilitarian plants and to deepen our connection with nature, giving gratitude and giving back to the land that sustains us.
These lessons learned are applied in our organic gardens where we use a variety of techniques learned from our travels including permaculture, biodynamic and SPIN farming in order to make a living on the land. Stay posted for future workshops and farm tours! If you would like to experience what we have to offer give us call, drop us a line or come for a visit!”
– Tyler & Erin