Welcome! My name is Stacey and I’m the Slow Foods Mama.
I’m a 30-something full-time Mama, wife, domestically-disabled homemaker, fledgling farmer, passionate home cook and advocate for sanity in our food systems. I have been writing this blog since 2009.
I am furiously passionate about returning some sanity to our food-systems. Modern industrial agriculture is harming our health, our culture, our soil, our farmers and the future of food itself. We have forgotten basic skills that are essential to feeding ourselves in a sane, sustainable, joyful way; cooking from scratch, growing clean food from seed, meeting some of our own basic needs at home.
I believe the key to change in our food systems lies in the hands of ordinary people like myself. We don’t need PhDs in biotechnology or food science or industrial agriculture methods to create meaningful change and create a vibrant, resilient food-system. Change will come when mothers of families take back control of our own kitchen tables. We can do this by choosing to cook at home, eat whole foods, embracing the values of Slow Food, saving seeds, growing some of our own food, supporting small local farmers, advocating for change. We cannot continue to allow huge corporations to determine what’s for dinner based on greed and an unquenchable thirst for power and control.
My adventures in farming came about sort of by accident. What started as a few blueberry bushes in our front yard quickly grew into a full-blown urban farm, and now here we are! When my hubby and I started this, neither of us were Master Gardeners by any stretch of the imagination, and we think that’s important for you to know. Anyone can do this. We are, however, curious and aren’t afraid of a little hard work as long as there’s cold beer involved and the promise of amazing toasted tomato sandwiches at the end of the summer.
We want our children to know the warmth of a home that smells of fresh baked bread, to have the knowledge and skills to feed themselves and their families, to know that food comes from the ground – not the supermarket, and to know the sheer simple pleasure that comes from watching the miracle of a tiny seed grow into something that has the ability to nourish both their bodies and their souls.
My husband, son and I have recently moved from a tiny urban farm in East Vancouver to our dream farm; a 120 year old, run down and scrubby 5 acre homestead in Aldergrove, British Columbia. We are slowly peeling back the layers of neglect to restore this historic farm to a working, vibrant farm.
We are currently selling pastured eggs and other farm goodies. If you’d like to learn more about our farm, or would like to purchase eggs or veggies, please visit our website www.coghlancottagefarm.com.
I have had guest appearances on CBC radio to talk about food security and backyard chickens. I’ve also taught classes in scratch-cooking, organic gardening and home preserving. My hubby and I are both certified Organic Master Gardeners.