Wayward Farm is a small-scale diversified vegetable farm operating on less than an acre of borrowed land at Willibald Farm Distillery & Brewery in Ayr, ON. We are committed to growing all of our vegetables from seed, without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Although we are not certified organic, we source and use certified organic materials, with the exception of some seeds depending on availability (some varieties may not be available as organic). All of our seed is untreated (no applied fungicides).
We believe in long-term sustainable practises.
We farm using bio-intensive principles - “maximum yields from a minimum area of land, while simultaneously increasing biodiversity and sustaining the fertility of the soil. The goal of the method is long term sustainability on a closed system basis”. Each year we take soil samples and observations to guide us in our efforts to constantly improve our soil health, which ultimately produces the best tasting and healthiest food possible.
Our small scale allows us to complete all of our tasks by hand, and combined with efficient yet simple systems, procedures and tools we are able to successfully manage our farm with human power!
why we farm
We are rooted in community.
We started growing vegetables out of a desire to provide good food for our family, to find meaningful work for ourselves, and to have a positive impact on the environment. On our journey, we’ve become rooted in community through the kindness, love and support they’ve shown us in every aspect of our life. We feel the best way we can serve our community is to provide them with the same fresh, local, wholesome food we feed to our family.
Mike Burnett - Partner, Farmer
Mike’s interest in agriculture began in 2015 when his entrepreneurial spirit met his desire to become more self-sufficient and to provide a valuable service to his family and community through meaningful work. While he has no formal training/education in agriculture, Mike has spent several seasons working in livestock and vegetable production on farms in Southern ON (Cruickston Park, Hearts Content and Zocalo Organics), and at Roebuck Farm in New Zealand. He is a voracious learner who is constantly researching the latest trends, tools, technology and methods to improve the quality of everything on the farm.
Brie Pointer - Partner, All the Things
Brie is currently on maternity leave caring for our newest addition to the farm, Nora, and her awesome big sister, Ellie. She is on leave from her Senior Designer position at Him & Her, a design studio in Kitchener. Here at our farm, Brie does a lot of the behind the scenes organizing. She is the Brand Manager, building all things for our identity, marketing, packaging, etc. In addition to this, she casually assists in farm tasks seeing as the kids allow - HA. This season, she is coordinating our newly added Harvest Share subscription program and our custom order packages -- streamlining our ordering system for customers. She does all of this while juggling our two little humans. MVP!
Ellie & Nora - Liddle Farmhands
Ellie and Nora bring sunshine to the farm. They are our biggest reason why we started this crazy dream in the first place. Ellie is quick to help when she can; her workload is equal parts work and snacking. She’s got a quick wit and a heck-load of sass to keep us in line and working hard. We feel a future farm manager growing. She is number one for pest management, always taking a capture and release approach, unless it’s cute enough to be our pet for the day. Ellie brings her intelligence, humour, spunk, wit, and candid personality to the crew and we can’t wait to see her grow alongside her sister in their roles on the farm.