Producing on half an acre, Off Beet Farm grows nutritious and delicious salad greens, mixed vegetables, mushrooms, and herbs. Rotating crops, feeding the soil and carefully selecting seed are just a few of details that go into this farm. Sarah and Jamie are working towards maximizing the amount of high quality, delicious food they can produce to feed themselves and their communities. They also produce a line of fermented foods called Sour Beast that include various sauerkrauts, curtido and hot sauce.
Jamie and Sarah are first generation farmers that are self-taught, avid readers and mistake makers. Jamie has a background in mental health, and a passion for mushrooms and soil life. Sarah has a background in graphic design, has a passion for growing radicchio and peppers and greenhouse production. They are drawn to farming because they value nutritious food that is soil and sun grown. They also appreciate the creativity and problem solving farming requires.
Grown in Cow Bay, NS
Off Beet Farm is named not only for what it grows, but also for its location. Cow Bay’s rocky soils, wind and fog may be some of the less desirable traits for farming, but there are many stories of farmers past with cattle and sheep roaming the coast line and produce being taken to Halifax markets via horse and buggy. These stories are energizing and encouraging, connecting the past with the present.