Farmers Jocelyn Durston and Tim Burns own and operate Seven Acres Farm of Canning, Nova Scotia. They grow a mix of vegetables, herbs and flowers. And, also make naturally fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi. They sell their products through the Wolfville Farmers’ Market and at their own roadside stand located on the farm.
Jocelyn and Tim are both first-generation farmers. Neither one grew up on a farm. Jocelyn has always had an interest in the environment and food. She grew up in British Columbia, went to university there, and wanted to explore farming to connect her interests. Jocelyn worked on small farms in B.C before making her way to Nova Scotia. She started Seven Acres Farm on her own in 2015. Everything is done by hand on the farm. Planting, weeding, harvesting and everything in between is done without the use of machinery.
The pair have deep connections to the ecosystem on their farm. They have been very strategic in farming in a way that supports a diverse ecosystem, to build biodiversity and wildlife habitats, and build soil health. They use recycled materials and timber from their property as much as they can when building projects.
The couple enjoys hiking, bird watching, going to the beach, and supporting other local farmers and food businesses, in their free time. They eat locally and seasonally and are proud to be producing food for their community and province!