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Dale Wilker grew up on a vegetable farm near Kitchener, Ontario but really didn’t do much other than ride on his grandpa’s lap when he was driving the tractor. Having left the farm at an early age, he didn’t have the opportunity to get his hands dirty until 2005 when he was approached by the Groundswell team to help them build a community greenhouse. He was a Groundswell board member and later the director from 2006-2014. One of the goals at Groundswell was to help teach kids about the organic food system, from seed to table. In 2016 he had a newly found desire to produce more locally grown healthy food so his family started a purposely built Beyond Organic farm on a beautiful piece of land they found on Swansea Rd. Four years later they are selling healthy, nutrient dense fruit and vegetables at two markets, through a CSA, and at their farm stand. “It has been a lot of hard work but totally worth it…………Be the change you wish to see.”

Ellen was born and raised in Invermere, B.C. She began her agriculture career working at Edible Acres farm in Windermere B.C. It was there where she fell in love with agriculture and found a deep fulfillment from the rewards of hard work and dirty hands! Her journey into the world of soil has taken her to Costa Rica as a Sustainable Agriculture Intern, on multiple permaculture design courses, and finally landed her at Old Blue Truck Farm. After graduating with her BSc in Geography and Environmental Studies, Ellen and her friend Alicia decided to take on the task of getting Old Blue Truck Farm up and running. The Old Blue Truck Farm is a Wilker family run farm, whose focus is on growing soil first!

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