Tim R. is originally from Canada, but lived in Australia for 20 years, and so he is differentiated from his co-worker Tim C. as "the Tim with the Australian accent" for those new at the farm.
Tim came to Canada in December 2010 and has worked at TapRoot Farms since around then. At the farm, he is responsible for seeding, animal chores, livestock enclosure maintenance, and helping out when we are a man or woman short. Hi favourite thing to do on the farm is watching the seedlings grow-- Though he quantified this by saying: "not that I want anyone to think I am wandering around all day staring at plants growing! I like to notice things growing-- including the animals-- as I intereact with them from day to day. At TapRoot I get to do that year-round."
Since Tim works so much with the animals, I asked him who his favourite was. He said Shirley (our largest Berkshire sow). Shirley was the first sow Tim ever got to know at the farm. She and her brother Bronson were both named by Tim. Shirley lost Bronson, and Tim remembers her sorrowful sounds. Now she has company in Bubbie, another sow that lives with Shirley. Tim says he likes Shirley because she's dominant, but nice to everyone.
Tim's favourite crops to seed are squash (because it has big seeds and grows quickly) and lettuce (because it's a challenge to continually seed every two weeks and keep up to the demand we have in the CSA boxes and wholesale markets we supply). His favourite vegetable to eat is "far out brussels sprouts".
Tim likes his job because it keeps him physically fit. Outside of work, Tim enjoys exercising. He says he also enjoys eating: caesar salad, tabbouleh, organic and ethically-raised meats. His theory is that organic veggies and meats are better for you and have better texture and flavour than their non-organic counterparts. Good thing Tim is part of the TapRoot Team, where eating and working hard are both highly valued!
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