Two years ago, we lived in a cold city and we huddled together for warmth when the wind blew too quickly.
John had left Belize 11 years prior, finding home in many different places in pursuit of his PhD in immunology. After living in Gainesville, Florida, and a short stint in Lille, France, he eventually found himself working in Toronto.
I had returned from my life in Paris, disenchanted with Toronto, the city I grew up in, that I studied art in, but now felt so distant from. I worked to launch an eco-friendly pop up shop with other young creatives, but my pursuit of beauty alongside sustainability seemed to only make space for more questions.
John was working at The Hospital for Sick Children at the time. I was working at a vintage shop because I needed something easy on my heavy heart. After 2 years of hospital visits, my father had finally passed away.
So when we met, it was magic.
A crack in the cement, where the tiniest seed sprouted, and soon the whole grey world seemed to lack greenery.
We filled our tiny apartment with as many plants as we could. We ate only organically and supported locally and ethically-produced products as much as we could. We were voting with our dollars and trying to be active in making change, but still something else was churning.
After many conversations, we decided to leave- our jobs, our friends, our tiny apartment. John had just accepted a fellowship at the Crick Institute in London, England, but called them the following week to say he had changed his mind.
We packed our things into Cutiebubs (our car) and headed down the East Coast from Toronto to Miami (with lots of camping, surfing and detours along the way). We hopped on a plane, and finally, we arrived in Belize.
We made it home.
Why so personal, you say? This is personal because this farm is personal.
From sifting the soil to seeding to weeding to mulching to picking To packaging to delivering, this has been and continues to be a labour of love. John and I do much of the farm work with our own two hands, with the help of our amazing farmhand joel, other than the occasional big jobs (like building hoop houses) where we hire additional help.
When you support our farm, you are not only supporting sustainable practices, you are also directly supporting the promotion of indigenous species and the conservation of diversity. And, of course, you are supporting love.
Thank you for reading about our journey. We hope to share food and stories with you in the near future!
A & J