meet the mama

Stacey Langford the Slow Foods Mama

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.

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16 thoughts on “meet the mama

  1. iafarmwife

    Fascinating blog…. I like your ideas, and certainly agree that everyone should grow a garden, and be more knowledgeable about where their food comes from. But,I must politely disagree with your analysis of modern farms. When you use the term “factory farm,” you are slurring hard-working individuals who produce food for the world, namely my family, community, and neighbors in rural Iowa. My family uses modern technology to produce meat and grain, and we find it a very honest, and rewarding lifestyle. Have you ever visited a confinement farm personally? If not, please seek out a local farmer’s organization to see if you can’t find a farmer willing to show you a modern operation. It sounds like you have done a lot of homework on alternative production methods…. but not so much on modern methods… please, I invite you to read my blog and learn more about today’s farmers from a real farmer instead of profit-motivated movie producers.

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  2. Sweet Little Nothings by Emiliana

    I am absolutely inspired by your blog!!! Here soon I’ll be moving into a tiny apartment and going to be starting my own urban garden. As of right now I live with my parents who own their own beekeeping business. I’m somewhat familiar with farming but this will be my first time trying to grow actual food. Two years ago I lived in an apartment on the outskirts of a busy city and my balcony looked like the Garden of Eden! But it was just flowers, bushes, some herbs, etc. I’ll be keeping up with your blog for more ideas! Keep up the good work!

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    1. The Slow Foods Mama Post author

      Bees! Oh I’m jealous. Honeybees are going to be our new adventure for this summer. Let me know if you have any tips.

      Good luck with your new garden. Feel free to drop me a line if you ever have gardening questions.

      stacey

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  3. patsquared2

    You’re an organic master gardener…and you signed up for my new blog – http://growsoeasyorganic.com — now I’m a bit nervous. I hope you like what you read and please, please, please, share your comments and criticism. I would love to hear what you really think!

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    1. The Slow Foods Mama Post author

      You’re too funny! I’ll tell you the only thing you have to know from our organic master gardening education – compost cures all! Hehe. That pretty much sums it up.

      Looking forward to following your blog!

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  4. patsquared2

    Thanks! I’m a little less scared of you now! Planning on posting every Friday. I am a Master Composter in my county…and you are sooooo right. It cures a whole lot of ills.

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    1. Deb Weyrich-Cody

      You know how Grandma always said, “You are what you eat.”?
      Guess that works for plants too – GO FIGURE! ; )

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  5. oceannah

    Lovely blog, lovely gal!
    I’ve nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blogger Award. If you’d like to accept swing by oceannah for details.
    *anna

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  6. Rob Mahan

    Hi Stacey, I’m Rob, and I found your blog through your recent comment on Cameron’s Growing Grace Farm blog. I have a few years on you guys, and I remember growing up with a huge garden every summer, hauling water to it in big red buckets I could barely lift, and my parents putting up all kinds of vegetables from it for the winter in northern Ohio.

    I share your dream of having a small farm someday, and a bustling kitchen full of family, too. I look forward to reading your posts on The Slow Foods Mama!

    All the best,
    Rob

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    1. The Slow Foods Mama Post author

      Thanks Rob! I always enjoy her blog.
      We hope we aren’t far from our farm dream – if we can sell our house in urban Vancouver, we’ll be headed to five acres outside of town. All I can think of since I first laid eyes on it is my son and chickens in the fields and a huge harvest table full of family. Fingers crossed!!

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