Jesse, Head Farmer
Following in the gum boot steps of Ma and Grandpa, Jess likes to get his hands dirty. It all started with picking cherry tomatoes with Mom in her veggie garden 28 years ago. Over the past 15 years Jess has sought to learn and expand on the lessons passed down from generations before.
Jess started his first business in the gardening industry in 2006, where he began to hone the skills necessary to oversee a wide spectrum of creative garden projects, each with their own unique challenges. Over this period, in his off time, Jess began his part time relationship with the Mason Street City Farm. Passion for food cultivation and a deeper awareness of the challenges our dominant food system faces were the fruits of volunteering here alongside Angela Moran, who ran the farm previously.
This awakening lead Jesse to abundant fertile lands. In 2012 he was accepted into the 8 month Skill Builder Program at the Bullocks homestead on Orcas island. Here Jesse gained a deeper reverence for the interconnected and self managing structures of nature. Jesse seeks to integrate these lessons towards evolving the systems humans require to thrive. He feels it is an endeavor for many hands and many minds.
Jesse is now realizing his dream of co-stewarding an innovative community urban farm project in the heart of Victoria BC.
JJ, Nursery Manager
JJ is an established transplant to the West Coast from the concrete jungle known as Toronto. Like most urban folks she has roots in farming communities, with her mother growing up on a tomato farm in Southern Ontario and grandparents on both sides of the family hailing from Eastern European farm communities where growing your own food organically was just how things were done.
Motivated by a desire to learn more about our complex food system, ten years ago JJ began traveling and working on farms, gaining experience in Mexico and BC before settling in Washington State at the Bullock’s Permaculture Farm & Nursery for three years to learn the art of living on the land. In 2015, she took the opportunity to help Mason St. Farm start it’s Edible Nursery in earnest and has been working with volunteers and community members to grow luscious plants ever since!
As a settler on these lands, JJ also works to deepen her knowledge of local Indigenous food systems, plants and projects. She sees the decolonization of our food system as a crucial piece of food justice, and the foundation for a healthier, more abundant future!