At Pure and Simple farm we stand for food sovereignty, the land back movement, and creating healing in our community. This starts by recognizing that we are on land stolen from the Anishinaabe territories and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation from the Between the Lakes Treaty No 3 that was made in 1792. In honour of this we will treat our land as such. We will farm the land so that it will stay as we found it for generations to come. In order to achieve this we will use indigenous farming practices of crop rotation, inter-cropping, poly-culture and no-till. Planting seed for food and land justice will help us grow a stronger, healthier community. In simpler words we focus on earth care, people care and fair share.
I would like to acknowledge the people of the Six Nations who's original land we are residing, gathering, farming, and working on.
This acknowledgement of the land is important to me as a settler because I grew up thinking that land purchased under a capitalistic system only known to settlers, gave us the right to claim it. As a white farmer it is also important to understand that we were taught the ways of this land and it’s agriculture from the indigenous ancestors of this land.
Settlers have manufactured the false script that they saved the indigenous by teaching them about agriculture and civilization when in fact it was the other way around. This is being reflected today as many white farmers capitalize off of taking indigenous farming techniques and claim them as their own. Farming is inherently linked to the success of communities in a multitude of ways from health, wealth, and resources. We need to return land back to indigenous peoples and reserve their right of power and control of this land in order for their communities to thrive once again as they did before the settlers came.
Meet Your Farmer
Put a face to your food.
Meet Alissa, Pure and Simple Farm's head farmer and operator. With an education in Agriculture from the University of Guelph, a diverse work experience growing a variety of plants, and dedication to improvement, Alissa is gearing up to contribute to a food system for all.