Growing Food Since 2004
Tucked in the heartland of the Annapolis Valley’s farming belt, TapRoot Farms merges deeply-held family farming traditions with the most established organic heritage in Nova Scotia. The land on which TapRoot Farms operates is in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded traditional ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people.
Since purchasing the organic farm in 2007, Patricia Bishop and Josh Oulton have been steadily increasing the number of acres in transition to organic and today, TapRoot Farms is 70% organic or in transition to organic, with the goal of becoming fully organic by 2020.
Josh and Patricia instill the virtues of environmental responsibility in their three children–Izaak, Lily, and Frank–while involving them in all aspects of the farming operation. The family grows delicious veggies and fruit, raise free-range hens for eggs, and pastured animals for meat.
(RA) is an approach to food and farming systems that rejects pesticides, artificial fertilizers and aims to regenerate topsoil, increase biodiversity, improve water cycles, enhance ecosystem services, support biosequestration, increase resilience to climate fluctuation, and strengthen the health and vitality of farming and ranching communities.
On a regenerative farm biological production and ecological structure grow more complex over time. As living soil deepens, yields increase and external inputs decrease.
Agroecology is based on context-specific design and organization, of crops, livestock, farms and landscapes. It works with solutions that conserve above and below ground biodiversity as well as cultural and knowledge diversity with a focus on women’s and youth’s role in agriculture.
Carbon Farming is a name for a variety of agricultural methods aimed at sequestering atmospheric carbon into the soil. Increasing the carbon content of soil can aid plant growth, increase soil organic matter (improving agricultural yield), improve soil water retention capacity, and reduce fertilizer use (and the accompanying emissions of greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O).
UN Sustainability Development Goals
TapRoot Farms has adopted the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDG’s) as a framework for decision making and as tool to plan for our farms future. As stated by the UN, the goals provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future
After attending the 2018 Committee on World Food Security meetings TapRoot Farms now follows the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDG’s).